So. I'm going back and forth over whether or not to post what my lenten discipline will be. I was all for it, and then I got to thinking about the whole "do it in secret" call of Matthew's gospel... the appointed reading for Ash Wednesday.
At the same time however, discipline needs accountability. With no one else to check in on me, or watch over my shoulder and gently nudge... "hey katie..." will I keep with it?
Also... I'm only like 75% about what my actual lenten discipline will be. I like to abstain from one thing and take on one thing - and I can't figure out what I'm going to take on. (which is kind of important, since, um, Lent started today)
So. I need the push to make a decision and having to post it and then follow through before heading to bed for the evening is important.
1) I will be abstaining from meat for Lent. This is something that I have done in the past, and now is a good time for my body to also be abstaining from the extra fats due to my upcoming surgery. Meat is a really tough thing for me because my families are such big meat eaters. Even in meals at home with Brandon, meat is always center stage. So having to think about other cooking options for myself, or eating less at a meal really is not a natural step for me. Everytime that I eat, I will be recalling this commitment to God I have made. And I love to eat. Meals now become this prayerful time of communion, rather than a hurry up and cook up some boring chicken and rice-a-roni. Not to mention the benefits on the planet (which God calls us to take care of) that a vegetarian diet entails.
2) My prayer life has been suffering lately. I'm just going to be honest. I have really struggled with what I need to boost that prayer life. Do I need to keep a prayer journal before bedtime? Maybe use art as an expression of prayer (like Jan Richardson) to try something new? I have a beautiful handmade paper journal that I haven't used yet (thanks Jill!) and I'm going to bust it out this Lenten season. I'll have it beside my bed with some colored pencils and chalk... and then maybe I can do both!