WELCOME! Here is my not-terribly-eloquent attempt to grow closer to God via... blogging. Unfortunately for you, I'm not sure what that means either. I guess we'll find out!

I'm 30 years old, married to an IT Guy and a stay-at-home-mom to two spectacularly gorgeous children. While we attend Mass on Sunday mornings, I spend the entirety of the Eucharistic Prayer focused on making sure the baby uses her crayons on the bulletin, not the pew

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02/15/2010

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Sarah in Ottawa

I'm sorry that you are in a funk. The feeling (with which I am familiar) sucks. I suspect that you are on the right track - the "this too shall pass/no way around but through" one. You can do it; you've done it before. Go Maggie!

As for Lent, I am not sure what I am going to give up, if anything. I am loathe to set any food restrictions because of the UNRELENTING NAUSEA (despite meds), though I do hope it passes soonish. I want to focus on prayer - I prayed the Liturgy of the Hours (morning and/or evening) all through Advent and it really helped me to focus. My mornings and evenings are crammed right now (work, schmork), but I am going to give it a go.

As for actions - I might try something that Arwen's Mom Ellen is going to do. She is resolving to make their new house their HOME. I might resolve to do something similar with sorting and clearing out clutter/destraction to let the joy in. Maybe there's a component for you - focusing on the joy amidst the daily grind?

Elizabeth

I am not sure what it is (I am no help at all) but I feel like you need something to make Lent hopeful, instead of more dreary. I think of Lent as this AMAZING time (probably incorrectly) where we are moving through the funk into the GOOD TIMES! So I am thinking maybe you need to make a positive action instead of taking something away. Like...grow a plant? Put your spare change in a jar and do something good with it at the end? Plan a secret surprise for someone each week?
Also, please feel free to ignore all this Pollyannaishness - it has been sunny here for five days in a row and I've become quite insufferably cheery.

Christina

When I was in college and friends with a Very Good Catholic, I gave up chocolate for lent. That? Was craziness. Don't try it my friend. Chocolate is a BLESSING.

Anyway... when I'm trying to kick start my spiritual life and/or get myself out of a funk, I usually do two things... find a new Christian/praise CD to listen to (or an old one that I love) and buy myself a new devotional. Hmm... apparently my spiritual solution is to SHOP. Sorry about that.

Shelby

For Lent this year, husband and I are giving up spending on non-essentials. I already know this is going to be really tough for me, since shopping has kind of become a hobby. And because my mom is coming to visit in the middle of Lent, and we're total enablers for each other.

I also like to have some kind of prayer component to Lent, so I think I'm going to focus on one particular part of Liturgy of the Hours (iPhone/iPod Touch has a fantastic app called iBreviary, which makes finding the readings and prayers so much easier - is that cheating?).

In college, people were pretty creative - they gave up makeup, their beds, other comforts. I gave up my pillow one year, but I'm not sure I could do it again.

All I know is that when I make more of an effort during Lent, Easter is much more meaningful. Lent is not my favorite season, and it's been challenging for me to really engage in it. I think this year will be appropriately difficult/better (see: not shopping).

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