This was created to give thoughts and points of view by me, Mona.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.
Today is the beginning of Lent 2012. As long as I can remember we have been encouraged to do something during this time. As a child we gave up things. Now I like to concentrate on positive things. Something that will further me along on my journey of life. If my life was a book that concludes on my death, I want each chapter to show growth in me as a person. So I think Lent is a good time to write some new, interesting pages.
This year I will focus on Mind, Body and Spirit. These last weeks have not been kind to the body. I felt hungry most of the time and even though I tried to keep my diet healthy, a few pounds managed to sneak on my body. I don't mean to sound ungrateful for plenty of food to eat, but in reality, those pounds have to go. But more importantly, I need to work on muscle tone, bone density and stamina. That will be accomplished by moving. So each day I plan to exercise using hand and leg weights.
Next is my mind. I see memory problems around me. It saddened me this past Monday when my mother-in-law forgot my name. We've known each other almost forty years. I knew it was coming, but was shocked it came so quickly. Anyway, research has learned that flexing your brain helps ward those maladies. So I have enrolled in a creative writing class on line. I plan to learn new things about the craft, which in turn will help me write a better blog.
Spirit, probably the most important of my goals. I will continue to read my devotionals, prayer time will be longer and examining my own spirit with additional reading is part of the change I hope to see in me these next six weeks.
But as every New Year's Resolution, I imagine I will falter. There will be days I feel too tired to do all the items on "Improve Mona" list. But I will continue to turn to God for the strength I need to stay on the path. And when I fail, I will forgive myself, ask for forgiveness and begin each day anew. In the words of a fictional character from one of my favorite series, Anne of Green Gables, "Each day is a new day with no mistakes."
Happy Lent Everyone. And may the "force" be with you as you journey to the final destination, eternity with Christ.