Ash Wednesday

Lots have been happening since I last blogged.  Unfortunately hubby went a bit poorly so I was caught up in that.  He is now well again – Thank you Lord!  I’ve also been busy knitting, getting things off the pins ready for my Lenten knitting project.

Today is Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.  Yesterday I had pancakes and this morning I went to church to get my splodge on my head.  The splodge is a cross made out of ash that the priest places on your forehead.  I was brought up Catholic and although today (apparently – I always thought it was) is not a Holy Day of Obligation (where you are supposed to go to church) it is a day I do go to church (although you’ll find me at various ones on a Sunday).  It is also a time to think about what to do or give up.

Last year I read about a small charity called the Ruth Mailbag part of their work in Ladysmith, South Africa is working with a hospital providing baby clothing to new mothers.  The story I read explained how that the mothers were so poor that often babies were taken home from the hospital wrapped in newspaper.  It just broke my heart.  The charity can only deal with items being donated to them.  Last year when I heard about this I had to do something so I decided that with postage being so expensive small items would be better.  So all through Lent I knitted booties and this year I will be doing the same.  I’ve even got a project bag ready with yarn, needles, pattern and notions.

I discovered recently that Cafod are being matched £ for £ by the UK government during Lent so I urge you to spread the word if reading this.  I’m planning on making a donation!  http://www.cafod.org.uk/parish

I’m also looking at doing this: http://www.40acts.org.uk/ – It’s good to do something positive about Lent.

I will also be reading a book called “The Barefoot Disciple” by Stephen Cherry.

Lent is supposed to be a time of renewal.  Reshaping our hearts and minds to be more like Christ after all God is the potter we are the clay.  So with this in mind I’ve decided that “The Thing” (really they are called Lenten Promises – but I broke it first off this morning!)  I’m going to do is to say grace before eating.  We do try and say grace before our Sunday Lunch and then forget about it during the week.  All gifts come from God of which we should be thankful.  So I’m giving it a strong go……… although how I will tackle a bag of sweets I’m not sure…… I mean are you supposed to say grace before eating each sweet or before you open the bag?

When you create your life rules – REMEMBER THEM!

Life rules we all have them.  They can be phrases that we’ve heard and copied as our own or things we have made up.  They are statements of how we want to live our life, facts about ourselves, ideas of how we should live, principles to follow and universal laws.  These have been playing on my mind over the last week.

 

I’ve been reading “7 habits of highly effective people” by Stephen Covey. I’ve discovered by reading it there are lots of things in there that a lot inspirational speakers have talked about and touched upon. In the book he talks about having your own personal mission statement.  So I’ve been trying to think of mine but then my thoughts go back to some statements I wrote out a while ago about how I want to live my life – mostly about how I should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and to cleanse, tone and moisturize my face twice a day…(Yep you’ve guessed it – don’t always manage it).  It also lead me to review my aspirations for this year so far I’m sort of keeping them – which is good but as aspirations go – could do better!

 

I’m still stash busting knitting wise – I’ve completed the berets and now I’m trying to get my head around King Cole’s Magic Dolman Jacket.  I cooked Herman at the weekend.

 

Herman ready for the oven

I only managed to send him on to one other.  This lead me to analyse a lot of things that go on in my head.  Things like have I failed  in the continuum of life? With that and making sure my pregnant friend, who was staying, was enjoying herself despite the snow made me cling onto God for extra comfort.

 

Yesterday saw the end of a two and a half-year wait (although we will be waiting for the next bit) on a journey with God  down a dark path.  Yesterday hubby had a lumbar puncture to find out more about the lump in his brain.  During this wait my relationship with God has grown deeper and deeper.  It has concluded with me writing some more life rules that I try to follow.  One is based on the bible 1 Corinthians 11.  This journey that I am on I’ve had to find a happy medium – a place where I am happy with God and feel I am obeying his will, without causing offense and discomfort to others.

During my wait at the hospital yesterday I was reminded several times that although no matter how dark a place is God is always there shining a light.  No matter how bad you feel you are loved and are blessed.  Always be grateful no matter what  for there is always someone worse off than you – that seems to be a universal law.