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Last week, I spent plenty of time in the desert contemplating and praying about certain aspects of my life. This time was not exactly how I was envisioning spending my Lent, but sometimes God has plans for us that we don’t see coming. Or, in my case, God is using this time to have me work on things that I was choosing to ignore.
One thing that I did this past week, even if it wasn’t the start of Lent, was to add a purple cloth to the drum table in our main living space where I usually have a few decorative items. (Lighting has it looking blue in the photo above, but it is a shiny purple.) I have the book The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home (affiliate link) in the house which I started reading last summer and never finished. Creating what is in essence a family altar is a work in progress for me. However, I hope that it will be a place of beauty amid the chaos of life and can help to draw myself and family members to prayer.
Looking Back at the Past Week for 40 Days of Seeking Him
Just like I did with the link up this past Advent, I am going to share the most visited post (or posts if there is a tie for click throughs) as well as a personal favorite or two from the previous week’s link up.
The most visited post this week was Teaching Our Children to Pray by Nicole at Children of the Church. She shared how they incorporate prayer throughout the day, including all family members regardless of how young. I am seriously needing to check out some of the resources she shared about such as the lacing Rosary to help J learn.
Yet again, picking a favorite post for the week was such a challenge. I was particularly drawn to Trish’s post When You Fail at Lent…Sort of on A House Upon the Rock. In many ways, I feel like I have ‘failed’ at Lent this year as my plans aren’t coming to fruition. Yes, I have made it to Mass or Communion Service a few days during the week. But, the quiet time I envisioned for reading devotionals and listening for God just isn’t happening the way I envisioned. Thank you Trish for putting some of my thoughts about failing to words and letting us all know that the struggle is part of the journey and can make for a great Lenten season.
This year, I am joining Trish @ A House Upon the Rock in co-hosting the 40 Days of Seeking Him meme. The linky will be up each week so you can add in posts daily, weekly, or whenever you are able. The posts can be about anything related to Lent and preparing for Easter ~ crafts, food, devotions, music or reflections are all welcomed. I hope that my readers will join us on the journey through Lent as we seek to grow closer to Christ. Christian bloggers are welcome to join us in the weekly link up with posts that they are writing to showcase activities or reflections taken during this Lenten journey.
We are expanding the platform for this meme to include a 40 Days of Seeking Him Pinterest board for submitted posts and a Facebook group. I hope that you’ll check out the Pinterest board and join us on Facebook, too, as we seek to grow closer to Christ.
Is Lent going ‘as planned’ for you or has life thrown you a curve ball?
What are some ways you are growing closer to God?