Each year I pray and think about a focus for the contemplative 40 day period between Ashwednesday and Easter: so-called Lent.
Last year I went without the distraction of constantly checking Facebook for 40 days and making more time for prayer and meditation.
This year my focus will be on decluttering my physical space, making more room in my head to pray and spend time with God.
Since I struggle with perfectionism a lot, I decided to pick one thing each day that I find hard to let go of, put it on my table for a day and ask myself these questions the next day:
Is this adding value to my life?
Does it make me happy when I look at it?
If it’s a twofold ‘no’ it’s probably gotta go.
If you’d like to follow my progress, you can, on my Instagram account @simple_inspired
If you would like to learn more about minimalist living:
check out Leo Babauta’s website, one of my long time favorite sites: zenhabits.net
and if you’re Dutch, check out Jelle Derckx’ helpful and inspiring website: lijstjes.info (also on IG)
Today felt like it was my birthday, but better, when I woke up with childly excitement. 40 Days I have waited for this day to come again. Just beautiful to realise that Jesus can do for me what I can never do for myself. Give me new life!
Happy Easter everybody! The Lord is truly risen!
Here’s a short animated video of the Easter story for kids or grown-ups 😉
The final week of Lent started yesterday on Palm Sunday.
This week I look forward to ‘reliving’ the events leading up to Jesus’ resurrection on Easter.
Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the waiting on Saturday and the glory of Easter Sunday!
Today I feel especially creative and colorful and I googled ‘praying and drawing’.
Then I found this AWESOME website I want to share with you today!
God made us in all colors and shapes and therefore we can pray in all colors and shapes and forms and manners too. God has a sense of humour too!
Praying in Color = prayer + d o o d l i n g
When multiple friends and family members received ugly and scary diagnoses, Sybil MacBeth found herself exhausted by the words of her prayers and stymied by a lack of focus. One summer day, she retreated to her back porch for a session of mindless doodling with a basket of her favorite colored markers. She drew a shape, put the name of a friend inside, and added lines and color. She drew another shape with another name and added detail and color. When the page was covered with designs and names, Sybil realized she had prayed. The action of drawing was a wordless offering of friends and family into the care of God. The page of drawings became a visual reminder to pray. This was the beginning of Praying in Color.
At the end of a working week, before the weekend starts and the hustle and bustle of life winds down a little bit, but social commitments are awaiting us, it’s nice to stand still and soak up some sound and simple advice like the above.
To consider: What do I really NEED to do this weekend? It might be less than I think. PAUSE and BREATHE for a moment, then let go of some of the things you planned.
To try: Pick one or two of the suggestions in the above image you haven’t tried before and give it a go this weekend.
This afternoon, while I was walking my dog in the cold winter sunshine, we came along some trees and bushes in the neighbourhood and there were a variety of birds cheerfully singing! One female magpie was even making her nest high up in one of those trees!
I got an instant Spring foreboding, inspite of the cold. I felt grateful and free!
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? …