When I became a mother, my senses were sharpened to notice worldly influences on my children.
I had new eyes. Television shows became a minefield of questionable content. I became more alert, even when watching commercials. So many images had to be blocked and hidden from my children’s innocent eyes.
Zip It: The Keep It Shut 40-Day Challenge by Karen Ehman
As a member of Compel Training, I’ve come to know Karen Ehman through video teachings. She has a warm, inviting writing and speaking style I find appealing. She wrote Zip It as a companion to Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All, a book I’m now rushing to read.
I am thrilled that my friend Jill Hoven hosted me as a guest post writer for her blog Follow His Footprints this week.
Do you sacrifice anything for the Lenten season?
I grew up in a tradition of observing Lent as a time of sober contemplation and confession. Yet I didn’t grow up in a tradition of fasting at any time, Lent included.
This year is the first time I’ve given up something for Lent. While writing my new book, The Fruitful Life, in February, the Holy Spirit convicted me when I wrote the chapter on self-control. He showed me my all-out addiction to sweets and how it blocks my spiritual growth. He encouraged me to give sugar up this Lenten season so I could experience new blessings.
On Ash Wednesday, I began my sugar-free journey. It’s been a week now as of this writing, and here are five lessons I’ve gained by fasting for spiritual wellness.
Continue reading at followhisfootprints.org.
Writing for five unedited minutes on the prompt “Friend” for Five Minute Friday.
Oh, my sweet daughter,
I hate to see your heart break.
Your friend, the one who writes you sparkly notes
the one who gives you hugs whenever you meet
Patience, you slay me
with your silence.
No answers, no exit, no relief
Yet every day you sit beside me
as we watch the sun rise again.