Archive | March, 2014
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My Lenten Confessional: Day 23

So God: I need to confess a judgementy sin yet again. How funny it is (or, maybe not funny) that I don’t think I judge the “big stuff,” bur people’s little pesky, gnatty sins? I relish taking notice and internally critiquing those. And I did it once again when I heard the story of a […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 22

Dear God: Forgive my snappiness and my knee-jerks. Forgive me when I yell or sass instead of taking a breath or a break. Amen Click here for the other confessions and click here for the reason I’m even doing this.

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 21

So God: I know–because I’ve heard the low whispers, faced the full questions–that some wonder if I haven’t humiliated my family, my husband, my kids, beyond belief by writing about our financial desperation in Broke. And I get why people would be concerned. There’s so much shame associated with being broke, not having enough to pay the […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 20

So God: We’re halfway through this confessing practice. I thought maybe I’d run out of sins to confess. Well, that’s a lie (forgive me): I didn’t think so. Someone else thought. Ha! Score one (or 20) for Total Depravity. Those folks who think we’re “basically good” would’ve certain run out by now. SUCKAS! Anyway, yesterday a […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 19

Dear God: Yesterday I indulged in a juicy bit of gossip. I didn’t share it, haven’t passed it along. But I listened. With delight. Forgive me. Amen. Click here for the other confessions and click here for the reason I’m even doing this.

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 18

Oh God: So we’re at Day 2 of waking up tired, crabby. The sort where I hope I’m actually coming down with something and that this isn’t just some weird mood. But, I suspect the mood–based entirely on the Spring that just will not seem to come. Laughing now about how my friend (you know […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 17

God, I’m cold. I’m tired. My shoulders ache. I’m crabby. Got a lot on my mind and a lot of work to get through this. I couldn’t even get through my Lord’s Prayer litany this morning. And I’m certainly in no mood to take a gander at my heart–and the sins that lurk therein. Good […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 16

So God: I’ve agreed to fast today–along with fellow praying friends. But I don’t want to, not at all. Although I’ve just gone through one of the best desperate times of my life and although I’ve stated and written that I always want something in my life that keeps me “on my knees” and desperate for what […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 15

So God, We’re at the final of the 10 commandments: do not covet. I’d been feeling pretty good about this one. Because after years of this being one of the trickier commandments for me to keep–what with other people having such nice things and cool houses and horses and all–lately I’ve done so much better. […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 14

Oh, Dear God: I smile every time I come across the 9th commandment in any way, shape or form. “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor,” you say. “Do not lie,” is perhaps the easier translation. I smile–as you know–because of that day when my therapist, way back in college, told me I was […]

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