Lent began for me at 6:45 this morning when I went to Ash Wednesday mass. After receiving the traditional dark cross on my forehead, (and cleaning up the mess it made on my glasses, nose, and cheeks), I ventured to work. The roads were still icy from our weather fiasco on Monday but I made it before 8:00. Throughout the rest of the day, I was only reminded of it when I got odd stares from strangers throughout the building.
My Lenten goal this year is to live presently with God and others. This means really being with people and listening intently. The easy part will be giving up Instagram, putting my phone down, and turning off the television. The hard part will be shutting down my mind. I think A LOT. It has been a long time since I’ve been able to shut it down in prayer.
I was inspired by a song a few weeks ago entitled Ask by Love & the Outcome. And it’s basically about asking God to help us with our hearts. “What do you need? What fears do you hide?” It’s not one of those songs that gives me ‘all the feels’ or cuts me deep, but it was a nice reminder that I need to speak up and just ask. I’ll go in to this more in my next post. Today has been a very long one and I just wanted to make sure I got some thoughts out right now.