“Be still and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10 NRSV
My tea encouraged me with advice today. Really! With cedar pollen running rampant in Houston I’ve settled into a constant, dry, allergy cough that irritates my throat. Throat Coat tea to the rescue, with its wee string tab that offers advice. I had two cups of it today. They both said the same thing.
My tea is right. I’m due for a little “renew.” How about you?
Life gets busy. We mean to read scripture. We mean to schedule a prayer retreat. We mean to… well, a lot of things. Just like taking care of our physical bodies, spiritual self-care takes an intentional plan. This is especially true for people who have loved ones with special needs. Our lives are busy as caregivers, sometimes extremely so!
As I go through the day this Ash Wednesday with the mark of ashes in the shape of a cross on my forehead, I am making a plan for 40 days of renew, 40 days to draw me closer to God. My plan:
- Read Scripture each day.
- Reduce my distractions with intentional meditation on the verse, “Be still and know that I am God.”
- Name my blessings daily and thank God for them.
What’s your plan this season of Lent? Have you stopped attending a dearly loved Bible study? Find time for God’s word through something as simple as an email devotional or join with friends and read the Bible together. Do you miss time in prayer? Set aside 10 minutes of quiet time each day to pray. Have you been missing Sundays at church? Be refreshed and renewed by regular worship. There are great options online if caring for your loved one makes it hard to attend in person. You know which spiritual nurture you thirst for the most. Use the season of Lent to water your spiritual garden and may your Easter bloom with abundance.
Rev Doc Lorna
Photo: Teabags by Rev Doc Lorna