"Then by abiding in God in mind and heart, endeavor to fulfill in body the duties and affairs which your station in life imposes upon you." Theophan the Recluse
"Everything you do, all your work, can contribute towards your salvation. It depends on you, on the way you do it. History is replete with monks who became great saints while working in the kitchen or washing sheets. The way of salvation consists in working without passion, in prayer…. May God give you the strength to keep your spirit, your mind, and your heart in the spirit of Christ. Then everything that happens to you can very quickly be radically transformed. What was tiresome and discouraging will disappear, transfigured by your desire to be there where Christ your God is." Elder Sophrony
Well like everyone else north of the state of Florida, I am tired of winter. Winter weather has never effected me like this before. I know we have had difficult winters in the past, but it is different this year.
I am depressed, officially.
I fell on the ice and need knee surgery.
I am eating way too much.
I am not exercising at all...zilch...nada.
I need Sun and warm weather quickly.
...and I am totally unprepared for Great Lent to begin!
It was "hubby's year" for the house blessing, so the priest from our Roman Catholic Church came to bless our home. (Last year our Orthodox priest came to bless us!) Just another of those perks for an East-West family! The rite is very different than that of the Orthodox Church, but still beautiful. We had a lovely visit, too. (We all enjoyed the clean house!)
Have not been here lately, sorry. It seems that Facebook is where I post the family news and other stuff. Yes, I spend too much time there...BUT...it is how I keep in touch with children and far family. (Like the country song says, 'Thats my story and I'm stickin to it!")
It is funny how technology moves along. A few years ago, blogs were all the rage, and that is how we kept in touch. I wonder what will be the communication of choice in another five years?
Life goes on.
The Advent fast has begun, and I am finding it very difficult this year. Major job changes and life changes since last year have sort of thrown our family into a much more 'secular' world. There is not as much support as in 'the old days.' I feel that we are really swimming against the tide. My job is in retail now and folks have been shopping and celebrating Christmas for weeks now! Sort of feeling like that 'Orthodox freak.'
It is hard. I know part of it is that my prayer life is somewhere in the basement...
There, I admitted it.
Actually said it out loud as I typed. Just can't seem to get it in gear. Always feels like I am trying...