Fasting is a loaded word in diet culture. Fasting for Lent has a totally different meaning. On Fridays we fast during Lent. No meat. Minimal, simple meals. Take today’s lunch for example: carrot ginger soup with some thai basil leaves from my garden. I must admit, I was a little worried when I learned of the fasting aspect of Lent and its importance. 35 years of being conditioned by diet culture has made food restrictions triggering for me. Restrictions translate as control in my mind, until the pendulum swings over to the other side where deprivation explodes into a “screw…

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When inspiration strikes, I take action. It’s Day 2 of “Giving Up Diet Culture for Lent” (aka #LentItGo and #BodyLoveForLent). Before really digging in, I want to share the moment that struck me on Ash Wednesday morning as I was doing my “First 5” Bible study. It was this very moment that inspired my decision to begin this Lenten blog series and helped me to clearly set my intention for Lent, which I had been waffling on previously. In case you haven’t heard of “First 5” it is a smart phone app created by Proverbs 31 Ministries. The premise of…

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Today is Ash Wednesday. This marks the beginning of the sacrificial season of Lent, which Pope Francis says is a time of renewal and grace. The ashes are a reminder “For you are dust and to dust you shall return.” As one of my favorite authors Lysa Terkeurst teaches, God loves the ingredient dust to make things new: the creation of man, the healing of the blind with mud, just dust and saliva. And while dust can remind us that all temporal things are passing, dust does not mean the end. In fact, dust must be present for new to…

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From Thursday November 30, 2017 through Sunday December 3, 2017 I experienced “Gratitude Training Part 1” in St. Petersburg, Florida. For convenience sake I will call it a seminar in the self-help vein, but it’s more than that. It’s a full training program with three parts, I’ve only experienced Part 1 so far. It came highly recommended to me from my Step Mom Laura, who has since been through the rest of the training parts. For me Part 1 alone was a lot to take in and I’m still processing some of it. As someone who has been doing a…

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This time last year, this post would’ve been in the style of a New Year’s Resolution. I’ve been known to choose words of the year, colors, themes.  Last Christmas and New Years I did, in fact, do a lot of reflecting on all the things that are “wrong” in my life that I need to “fix” and I made a detailed, categorized list of what needed to change. It all came from a place that wanted growth and change, but for the wrong reasons. It came from a place of unworthiness, control and fear. I hope to leave that place…

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