So yesterday was Fat Tuesday. Marci, Ashley, & I celebrated with pizza & gelato at Sam & Greg's in downtown Huntsville. It was so good. It was just another reminder that I am so blessed with the friendships that God has provided for me since I moved to Huntsville (almost 2 years ago).
While at dinner, we talked a little about Lent. We didn't really go into great depth in our conversation.. We mostly talked about what we were going to give up for the Lent season. (I've decided on Diet Coke. But really, I am just going to do sodas in general.)
After this conversation and reading this blog post yesterday, this whole concept of Lent has been on my mind. If I am going to participate in Lent this year, I want it to be more than just giving up Diet Coke. The real intention of Lent is for the believer to prepare himself for Easter, which is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.
So for the next 40 days (technically 46, but this explains that), I want to focus on Jesus.
I want to focus on:
Why He came to live amongst us.
The way He lived while He was on this earth.
The ways I can model His life... to make His life my own.
The sacrifice He made.
The powerful gift that His grace is.
What that requires of me.
I will fast from sodas, recognizing that it is only a metaphor for the greater sacrifices I want to embrace and exercise in my life.
So last weekend I went to Boone, NC with some of the Young Pros at church for a weekend of skiing. And let me tell you, I was not confident that I would master the art of this snow sport. I was so nervous when I woke up the first morning. But as I have been learning (and making an effort to practice), God's peace can guard your heart in all things. Even something as silly as a fear of falling down a snow covered mountain.
Now I am definitely no pro. I would still consider myself a beginner, but I did really well! By the end of the trip I was going down those greens like they were nothing! (Keep in mind, the green slopes really are practically nothing, but for me, it was huge!)
I seem to be doing this a lot recently.
Facing little fears.
Fears of all kinds.
And setting goals.
And following through.
(Ex - this was a successful 2nd week of 5:30am classes at the YMCA. And I love it.)
I am in a place where I am growing a lot right now. I feel it. And in some things, it has been a little painful. In other things, it has been so liberating. I am excited to see what God is preparing me for... Please be praying about that for me.
Now for some pictures of the trip!
Ready for a day of skiing! Just look at all of that snow!
(pictured: Marci, me, Ashley, Christy, & Allison)
Me & Christy on the van. We look so hardcore.
The most incredible snow-woman I have ever helped build.
Just look at that face...
So much emotion in those eyes...
The group responsible for this beautiful creation.
(pictured: Matt, Ashley, Marci, Jamie, & myself)
And finally, a roommate picture with Sugar.
(We pretty much consider Ashley a roommate. She lives in the same apt complex.)