Greetings from snowy Minnesota!
It’s been a long time since I’ve said that, but it actually is white here. We got several inches yesterday, and it’s a fresh facelift compared to the drab browns we’ve been looking at most of 2012.
Our little Christmas Eve calf is almost camouflaged!
So — anybody have special plans for Fat Tuesday? Are pancakes are the menu tonight?
Not us, but I was thinking I may attempt some sort of jambalaya if I have the right ingredients at home.
It may sound odd, but I’m also pretty excited for the start of Lent.
Maybe excited isn’t the right word. I’m looking forward to it. Lent is a somber time in the church calendar, but it’s also a good time for reflection.
I try to take these 40 days each year to examine myself, reflect on where I’m at, and listen to what and where God wants me to be.
No — I don’t hear an audible voice when I listen for God. But I feel things. Or sometimes I may hear the voice of a friend or family member telling me something I need to hear.
I’m honestly confused and overwhelmed about several parts of my life right now, so this Lent I need to slow down and open my heart.
Answers may not come right away, but sometimes that part of the plan.
A tangible for me for FORTY days will be the absence of chocolate in my diet.
I haven’t given it up for several years, so I think it’s time. I’m not doing all sweets. For one, I can never decide where to draw the line. Two, chocolate is in many of the sweets I really like.
I suppose people having different reasons for choosing a Lenten discipline, but for me, it’s a reminder of the season. Whenever I consciously realize I can’t have chocolate, it’s an opportunity to focus my thoughts on the Lord and the great gift of salvation.
So I explained the 40 days, but what about the 2 months?
Today is 2 months until race day. Hopefully 2 months from today I will own a 1/2 marathon time that starts with 1.
Today’s workout was a killer. Maybe I’m just tired or worn down, but after the first 800 I was worried I wouldn’t make 5 more.
I did survive, and I even kept the pace honest until the end. 6 x 800m on the treadmill @ 7:30 pace (3:45 each).
I got in a total of 6.2 miles today and realized the 55 minutes it took me is well faster than my 10K PR.
It’s always fun to see small signs of progress. 🙂