Today is Ash Wednesday and as we hurry to church for the father to place ashes on our forehead he mumble these words “dust thou art and unto dust you shalt return” but we don’t pay much attention to the words because we are only there for the ashes and to get our penance going. But if we were to stop and focus on the words then we would have to think about death and that isn’t something we like to worry ourselves about, but death is only a reminder of not to sin. So as we go into these forty days of penance remember there are three basic practices of lent.
Pray: Raising our hearts and mind to God.
Fasting: Abstain from things like food, drinks, habit or behavior.
Almsgiving: Try to focus on ways we can help someone in greater need perhaps don’t buy little things we think we need for the forty days, and give that money to someone in need or the church.
Lent is a season of rebirth so whatever you do or give up this season make sure it’s something that we discipline ourselves so that we may grow and become more like Christ in our attitude towards God and one another. God is good.
To you O God I place my trust my life and my kids. You alone the Father and Son, you who carry the cross I run to you when I am falling from guidance, understanding, courage and faith. You alone know my only thoughts help me to walk the right way. For you alone are the Father Son and the Holy Ghost Amen.
Toothless, hair out of place you look different, all of that shouldn’t matter because that’s not who we are. In this world we chase after lies and love what is worthless, judge each other on appearance and how we live, we never give our neighbor a chance if they don’t look or act like us we turn them away . Before it was hard for me to except someone that was different or I didn’t understand I didn’t want to be around them and I choose not to be bother.
There are a lot of thoughts I deal with every day, people always say they “have to stay on top of my game” literally , I do because every day is different I could get up this morning and be so happy , my day is bright ahead of me even if you say the worse thing to me, I will smile and say no worries or it could be the opposite, sad and I have no idea what it’s all about. Like a year ago every time I am alone home or close my eyes I will see this man waiting for me I don’t know how I know that he is waiting I just know, at first I was scared, I talk to my friend about it and she didn’t know what to make of it and also I find he was very faint at first but the more I talk about him he would get more apparent , he also would stay in the in between holding his hands drop in front of him and staring at me in the distant.
So one day I was watching tv and I heard Joel Osteen say “what you are thinking do not bring it to light” that’s when I realize it was all in my mind I had to get but into church and I did. I know I have to keep my thoughts fixed on God, I am confident that everything is going to be ok even if I am sad or thinking to hard about anything I will say to myself it’s going to be ok. And that’s what I live by each and every day. I find now as I’m moving towards God I had to change a lot of things , as you know being of this world the flesh is weak and as much as we try to do right and live by his commandment sometimes it’s seen so hard and I wonder, how can I give so much power to a diet? or even going without eating anything sweet for a whole year and can’t commit to one commandment. So I pray a lot for this and I find comfort in it. I see clearly now, like I am not mad if any disappointments come my way I’m very grateful for them and my blessing . I try very hard to be understanding to every one feelings, doing this full me and I am happy in that moment. I dream one day that I was waiting for the train in the station it was an outside over head station and the train was coming towards me but, soon as it gets near it started to crumble the wind was so strong everything was just crumbling or turning to dust, so I decided to run down the stairs but I couldn’t get out. I try so hard holding on to the walls but the walls started to crumble too and I felt the wind on my skin I got so scared first I was along and I didn’t know what was happening , all of a sudden I was floating in the air and I felt a peacefulness , it was like a very warm peaceful feeling that take over my body and right there I wasn’t scare any more all I feel was that peace I didn’t know anything else but that I didn’t remember anything about being scared. Even when I awake I still feel a little bit of it. So I took that as a sign as no worries everything is going to be ok no matter how things turn out good or better it’s still ok.
To be able to have a conversation with my last son about God and for him to ask me questions about him is my icing on the cake, I see he is finding his way and I know he will be bless. Every time we are together that’s mostly what we talk about I feel so much power we connect on a lot of levels and in the moment everything look bright and I can see a little further. I am getting to understand the way of our father a little more now I know I have a long way but, I’m on my way. When ever we are ready we can follow him it’s all up to us he don’t force us , but when the time comes he is there with open arms. His world is one big connection and we all fit in it as one, if only we can find that connection in each other. But until we truly know who we are and our purpose in life then we will love one another as ourself God is great.
Words, it’s what ever you want them to be comforted, loving or hurtful. We all call one another things that we wish sometimes we could take back if only we did walk away, but the good thing is we can change, we can think before we speak. If you know you’re not going to say something nice, walk away or even saying a little pray to yourself can work magic. A lot of times people get comfortable in a conversation and talk bad about someone maybe about they color the way that person talk or dress what ever the case maybe, then the person finds out and you say I’m sorry and think that’s ok but it’s not. You don’t know what that person is going through at the moment and you’re saying hurtful things don’t make it better. You don’t have to tell everything you hear, even if something was said about you don’t feed into it, think about why would anyone say hurtful things, maybe the person is going through something or they could be insecure or they just having a bad day, and don’t know how to get themselves out of it. So to them putting someone down to get a quick fix for their problem seem ok. Some of us discipline ourselves into working out in the gym 3 times a day or getting up very early in the morning to exercise, so let us start disciplining our thoughts and see how it feels. You have these thoughts coming into your head find something that works for you, instead of saying something you will regret try smiling or take it to the lord in pray, God bless.
So today I’m about to start my workout but I will have to push myself , I decided to meditate instead . I prepare myself laying out my mat, got my tea and I even put some lemon and clove in a bowl of hot water instead of burning a candle.Then I got my face towel that was in the freezer and I proceed to start my music for relaxation. As I lay on my mat in total darkness I began to thank the lord, for all the blessings he place upon me, my family and friends then I began praying. Our father in heaven hallowed be thy name, I repeated this three times and felt very heavy like I was about to cry but didn’t ,I continued and finished the lords pray. I pray for all the kids dying everyday the ones that got taken from their family and those suffering. For the first time I felt he was there and he was really listening to me.Then I saw myself trying to move but I couldn’t, so I started asking him to open our hearts and show us it’s ok to put down the GUNS the HATE the DISLIKES the ANGER the JEALOUSY and pray, like Daniel (from the Bible) pray three times a day. Then I hear myself asking for clarity knowing I had to keep my head straight because that’s where the path is not to the left or right, but I kept going off to the left and to right and I kept telling myself follow the sound of the music, and there I saw myself running knowing there’s something ahead of me that I couldn’t see clearly, something is blocking me.I started to smell the clove the heaviness had left and feeling a little lighter now I said Lord, show me the ways to walk in your path, that’s how I want to go, slowly I tilt my head to the right and I smelt the food I had on the stove, and knowing it would be ok because someone will take care of it, I kept thinking about it and the smell kept getting stronger and stronger. Then I heard myself say take three deep breaths and slowly breath out then slowly remove your face towel , God blessed.
This is what i made for lunch!!