Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Monday, March 30, 2009

Lenten Cleaning and A Lovely Poem

Hello, Ladies!

Oh, gracious. I am singing Springtime songs in my heart, but it is all white outside. Yes, it has snowed again and threatens to do more before the week is out.

Speaking of Springtime...My church does not officially observe Lent (40 day period filled with fasting, personal sacrifice and reflection prior to Easter). However, I have personally found that by devoting myself to personal meditation on the four Gospels and the life of our beloved Savior for these 40 days prior to this wonderful holiday, Easter has so much more meaning for me than if it suddenly comes upon me in life. Does that make sense?...I rush around in life and then ... boom..one day it is Easter, the most sacred holiday of the year, in my opinion. I like to prepare ahead of time with fasting, prayer, self-sacrifice. Okay, you get the point.

Well, here's a link for a Lenten Cleaning Schedule (spring cleaning with the object in mind of having the whole house fresh and sparkling for Easter!). I'm way behind on this, but am determined to get caught up!

Another link is to Alexandra's blog, Happy Heart at Home. It is a sweet poem, a kind of meditation to have in one's heart as we go about the business of taking care of our homes and loved ones.

Have a beautiful day!
Elizabeth (who is still yearning for Spring!)


Anwen said...

That was a good poem. Encouragement is always nice!..Thanks for the link!

Beth at Aunties said...

I enjoyed your post and causes me to ponder.
The diagnoses’s have been wrong. My chest ex ray showed a cyst on my right lung and a nodule on one of my right ribs. I am going in for contrast C~Scan on Thursday. I still have the cough you heard and that is also systematic of something going on. I had a long talk with me doctor today.;) So prayers are being very appreciated. Thanks for including me on your blog, sweet Elizabeth!

Alexandra said...

Thanks, Elizabeth, nice to see you posting. :)

That's a very thorough Lenten cleaning schedule. A good way to keep track when you are busy. Which reminds me, I need to steam clean the carpets! The dog seems to leave mystery spots on the rug, or at least I think it's the dog. We didn't have spot problems until we got a dog last year.

Beth at Aunties said...

I am doing great. I was so relieved to find out it was not cancer after all the tests. I sound the same but he feels it is my meds... I really don't think they know what it is.
But I am so relieved and doing wonderful!Thank you for your prayers.. My family fasted. They all worked!


Trish said...

Okay my dear friend....after wandering all about with the links you left on your post I found my way back here. I haven't been around for a while and so do forgive... And here I see that you have been quite ill with the flu. I am glad you are over it but now...don't overdo the cleaning bit...so that you are actually ill for Easter...okay? Take care

Rae said...

I love the idea of spring cleaning in preparation for Easter. I just started to get serious about it today. I can't use that list since it does not really fit with an apartment, but I am now inspired to make something similar. Thankfully I don't have as much to clean so I can catch up!

Does your church celebrate Easter in a week or on the same date as the Orthodox?

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Hi, Elizabeth. I loved what you said about Lent.

I hope you are feeling well.