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Archive for February 22nd, 2012

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Many Catholics use this time for fasting, repentance, prayer, and reflection. Lent is a time of improvement and a chance to regain self-control. Personally, I have never been very successful at keeping my Lenten sacrifices. In large part, it is usually because I am trying to give something up like chocolate or sweet treats. I always fail…miserably. This is also the time the Girl Scouts are delivering their cookies. Damn those Tagalongs! I acknowledge I have a problem with sugar.

Instead of giving something up during Lent, I try to do something that will benefit me in a spiritual way. I would like to be more prayerful. I’ve decided this Lent to start reading the Bible daily. I found a plan to read the Bible in one year. I discovered it on the blog Money Saving Mom. Initially, I will have to double up on days to catch up on my reading since the plan actually started the first of January. My Lenten journey begins today, and my Lenten promise is to be more prayerful by reading the Bible daily. What will you be doing during Lent?

“And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the Good News of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the Good News.”

~ Mark 1:12-15

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Happiness is receiving a gift card to one of my favorite places to shop. I received my “happy” on Friday from the 2nd grade class I am teaching at HGS. My wonderful students gave me a $40.00 gift card to Books-A-Million for Teacher’s Appreciation Week. I decided to maximize my book bucks by shopping on-line where the prices are cheaper and shipping is free.  I also had a $10.00 on-line coupon. Woo-Hoo! This bookaholic ended up ordering three new hardcover books and one paperback for $8.59. What a deal!

My purchase includes:  The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg, The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg (14 authors constribute their stories),  Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larrson.

Oh, Happy Day!

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” ~ Stephen King

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