Today marks one full week of no sweets and desserts as part of my observance of Lent. In addition to giving up sweets, I've decided to take on the act of showing Clint more patience and understanding. Being the very Type A person that I am, I'm pretty particular about the cleanliness and tidiness of our home. While Clint is not really a messy person, he's much more laid back about "a cup here or an unmade bed there." I know that he loves me and wants to make me happy, so I need to be more merciful in my criticism of his housekeeping skills. I feel like my critical attitude is actually something that sometimes separates me from truly reflecting the grace and love of God. When I stop and think about the patience God has with me and the mercy he shows me on a daily basis, I can't help but realize I need to behave in the same manner with those people in my life that I love the most.
As far as the no sweets go, I'm actually doing much better than I thought I would. Only at night do I find myself tempted to gab a cookie from the pantry or a popsicle from the freezer. As if all of the Easter candy wasn't temptation enough, a new frozen yogurt place is opening downtown Shelby within walking distance from my work. I will pass this place at least 2-3 times a day and will run by it at least once a week....talk about willpower! Oh well...it'll be there in 6 weeks and by then, maybe the crowd will have died down. Words of consolation, I tell ya.
I am loving my Lent journal...it has been a great reflective tool for me. Last night's verse was Psalm 130: 5-6.