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Spiritual Garage Sales

Lent is a time for us to de-clutter our lives, to cleanse our spirits, to rid our selves of the emotional “junk” that is keeping us from being able to breathe deeply and connect with God on a meaningful level.

Garage SaleSpring is in the air!  The last few days have been beautiful and the hope of warmer weather appears to be becoming a reality.  Along with the grass greening up and the birds’ songs being in the air, garage sails are beginning to pop up too!

Oh the garage sale… a time to purge.  As spring cleaning gets underway families and individuals begin to gather their unused goodies and put them out for others to peruse and hopeful snatch up for a great deal.  Its a time to look at our closets and determine if we really need 12 pairs of sneakers, or the sweater that hasn’t fit for years, maybe we can part with the TV in the basement that isn’t getting used.  It is amazing how freeing letting go of “stuff” can be.

I am reminded of the words of Matthew 6: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust — consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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Community Theatre

Nothing beautiful or worth doing is easy.  Preparation is time consuming, frustrating, tedious… energizing, thrilling, fun… and so rewarding.

IMG_8067I was never brave enough in high school to audition for theatre productions.  Something about putting myself on display in front of an audience who is ready to critique my every move was off-putting.  Even though his mom doesn’t have the courage, our six year old was up to the challenge.  After being encouraged by our neighbors to try out for the spring children musical, he has been cast int he play and is having a blast preparing and practicing throughout the week.  As a mom of a kindergartener learning to read, I have been there with him at practices helping him keep up with the script and making sure he got his cues.  That means that I have been a sideline spectator in the world of community children’s theatre, and as with almost everything as I sit there I can’t help but see parallels to my Christian faith.

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