Saturday, July 12, 2014

Marian Garden: No Green Thumb Required

So, I wanted a Mary garden. However, I'm not in a place anymore where you throw things in the ground and stuff grows and flowers. Not only that, but I'm in a place where its all too easy to kill the plant(s) I've kept alive 12 years that my husband gave me back when we were dating. (Good wife fail!)

This is the concrete jungle.

I've had to change my strategy. For years I've loved those tiny little zen gardens you put on your desk. So I have traveled to the East, via Pinterest, and have been inspired by rocks and sand.

I also actually traveled to New Mexico several years ago and rediscovered a love for cactus. You can't kill cactus, right? That remains to be seen.

I seem to remember one instance back when I was still in single digits....but I digress. I tell you, it doesn't count if you live in South Texas and think cactus will grow inside a bathroom with no sunlight and too much water.

Now for the tada! moment. I would love to be able to show you a before (Totally lying, I would not like to show you a before, they are too embarrassing), but alas! *fake sigh of regret* I only have an 'after.'



Oh dear, the picture is blurry! I think something went wrong between the upload, edit and download!

I've no time (or patience, really, no patience. Must. Clean. All. The. House.) to figure this out right now, but you get the general idea, right? Note the plastic flowers. They light up and glow at night. They don't require watering. So pretty! and easy.

Until next time.................


The Lord bless you and protect you;
The Lord smile on you and be gracious to you;
The Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.
Be a saint!  
 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Trusting God When It Hurts

Lent has just a few more days, a couple of weeks and then we are released to serve in the joy of the Easter season.

I'm unsure about this Lent. My previous Lenten experiences seemed so certain, so obvious. It seems like this one was about trusting through uncertainty. What sacrifice can I give to God for everything He has done for me?

I can fold and put away laundry instead of reading a chapter in a book.

I can look up and be present to my husband or child when they want to talk, putting aside my idea of what I need to do at the moment.

I can choose to trust that There Is A Plan for suffering, and I will be able to handle anything that happens.

I can take time to think through and plan.

Lent isn't over, but I'm on my way.



The Lord bless you and protect you;
The Lord smile on you and be gracious to you;
The Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.
Be a saint!  
 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Gentle Lent

I'm very much hoping for a gentle Lent. Each Lent I have felt like a boxer, bruised and beaten by my opponent. I've felt victorious, but battered.

Its not so much the things that *I've* given up as what I was *asked* to give up. I do mean asked as in not having a choice with what was given up, but needing to give it up, while it was forcibly taken, cheerfully.

Each year I did have certain things which I 'gave up,' such as chocolate, honey on my cereal or ice cream, but it was the things which were taken that were my *real* Lenten sacrifice.

Jobs. Houses. Churches. Friends. Dreams.

Not so cheerful.

Some of my bruises from past Lents still feel tender.

Each year before Lent I have been given a 'word' or a 'theme' for the upcoming spiritual year. This year I received the word "gratitude" on a little card from our women's Endow study group on suffering

When I saw the "EE gentle Lent" quote was from St. Francis de Sales, I was hooked. Every day, I read a quote from him before I go to sleep at night.

"Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in Me and I in Him."

I feel like I need a gentle Lent; I'm really hoping for a gentle Lent, but I'm giving up worrying.

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in Me and I in Him."

Lenten Reading: An Introduction to the Devout Life (Tan Classics)

Lenten Listening: Lent at Ephesus

Lenten Praying: Liturgy of the Hours, Night Prayer (Compline)

The Lord bless you and protect you;
The Lord smile on you and be gracious to you;
The Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.
Be a saint!