Lenten Days 8-14 Instagram Round Up

Week 2 Instagram Wrap-up!

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Day 8. My little bonsai plant looked oh so healthy for months. Then, in just one week it lost all its leaves — except for the ones on that one lone branch. It reminds me of my life sometimes. When most branches feel like no life and all hell, one branch seems stalwartly to remain alive. Just one sign of life, just one glimpse of green. Now to muster up enough courage to keep my heart alive, open, and thankful for that one green branch…

Day 9. Impromptu date night before I head out of town! Not very Lenten, but wonderful nevertheless.

Day 10. Have you ever driven across Eastern Washington state? Or south from Boise, Idaho to pretty much anywhere? So much dead sagebrush.

Day 11. “…it always seems that just when daily life seems most unbearable, stretching out before me like a prison sentence, when I seem most dead inside, reduced to mindlessness, bitter tears, or both, that what is inmost breaks forth, and I realize that what had seemed “dead time” was actually a period of gestation.” Kathleen Norris, The Quotidian Mysteries

Day 12. I didn’t even do anything to him! The grief I am forced to endure… 😉

Day 13. “What is Jesus praying for you?” The talk I gave to some students at Eastern Washington University this past weekend. It was one of my all-time favorite subjects: Union with God through the dynamic of knowing self <-> knowing God. Here’s the link in case you want to listen in: https://lifewithjocelyn.com/2017/what-is-jesus-praying-for-you/

Day 14. “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” However your path seems difficult and lonely at the moment, congratulations! You have likely stumbled upon the path that leads eventually to the Good Life. Now: the key is to stay on it as long as you can, even when the Good Life is nowhere in sight. Also: When you lose the path, don’t worry; you’ll bump into it again someday — and next time you’ll have a little bit better idea of what it looks like and how to stay on it.