I decided to take up Jennifer’s 7 posts in 7 days challenge this week and I’ve come to see just how much I enjoy writing. I also see how much being on Facebook helps me flesh out my thoughts to write and then writing helps me really sort things out. I can not deal with an issue without thinking and writing about it. Or discussing it with people who disagree with me. But writing is my therapy. It is my happy place. I always knew that, I just never knew that it mattered much. I was always told that it was a habit that was a waste of time.
I also realize just how much the evil one or whatever you want to call it, will block your way when you attempt to use your God-given gift for good. Which brings me back to why I still have to stay off Facebook for the most part because it is easy for me to get sucked in and waste all my time and energy arguing with people who have drawn the line in the sand and don’t care for rational discourse. They have made up their mind on what is right or wrong and they won’t be budged. Charity, kindness and love of one another be damned. Political ideas have to be maintained because elections, politics and laws. Barf.
So, I’ve decided that reading and writing go hand in hand. Reading helps feed my brain and feeding my brain helps me write. I’ve started my pre-lenten (spell check is yelling at me that that isn’t a word. But whatever. ) reading. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of Jennifer Fulwiler’s book “Something Other Than God”. It’s a long story, well not really, basically I asked to have coffee with her and then made a sad puppy face when she said she had copies of the book. She couldn’t resist and offered me on. I acted like “Sure.” shrug “That would be cool.” when in my head I was all “YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE”, in fact that is what I texted my husband as soon as I got in my car after our visit. “So, you got a copy huh?” he texted back. “Yes,yes.” evil laugh. ANYWAY, don’t mind my crazy self, my whole point is that the book if FANTABULOUS! I can’t even begin to give it justice in a 7QTs post, so I’ll save that for a whole post. But really, pre-order your copy. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.
Right now, I’m reading “Tattoos on the Heart” by Fr. Gregory Boyle. It’s about the work of a Jesuit priest in L.A. among gangs. I am barely on the third chapter, but it’s inspiring. I was wondering just how much he would talk about God as being part of his work, and to my delight, he speaks about it a lot. It’s a great testimony on the dignity of the human person, even when that person is covered in tattoos and has been in and out of prison. I really want to work in the hood with the children like this. Mother Teresa would be proud of this man and the love that he shows to those who truly feel as if there is no love for them.
For Lent, I will be reading “Desire of All Fulfillment” by Ralph Martin and “Strange Gods” by Elizabeth Scalia. I’ve read both before, but this time I am going to use the study guides. Also, a wonderful friend that I met online is getting me a Breviary! So I’ll be starting the Liturgy of the Hours this Lent.
My husband and I are doing a lot better. I’m not sure if I have updated on that any lately, the 7 posts has me forgetting what I’ve written about. But yes, as I have written before we had a really rough time for the past year. It seems like we are on our way to healing in our marriage and in our lives. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us. Marriage is this crazy thing, beautiful, but crazy.
Well, I made it to 7 and I made it to Friday without missing a post. Two more days and I’ll have finished this challenge. I will try to update more often from here on out, but that will have to wait until after Lent. I really want to focus on Jesus this Lent so that I can be at my best for the rest of the year. There is work to be done and I need to get myself together to do it.