Learning To Be Still And To Listen During Lent Season
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Learning To Be Still And To Listen During Lent Season

Take time to be still with God.

Learning To Be Still And To Listen During Lent Season

During this Lent season, people are thinking of all kind of things to give up. Whether it is no ice cream, less phone usage or less red meat, people will come up with all kinds of things to give up.

I personally always give up ice cream but then find myself eventually giving in to my temptation. I feel like a bad Catholic but then I remember I am not perfect and God will forgive me.

One Sunday at Church, I was ready to listen to the sermon. I was ready to buckle down and try and pay attention as some can be hard to follow. This one was different. Going through an unknown time in my life with lots of transition and uncertainty, I was consumed by my thoughts of how I would make it through.

When the priest started talking about Lent, he said it was important to focus on listening to God in this season. He started talking about meditation and I was like, hmm I do not really meditate. I kept listening. He went on to explain people do not take enough time to listen to God. We distract our lives away from God with noise. Plugging in our music to distract us from the world, being sucked into our online world, and putting energy into things that make us unhappy.

I was looking for an answer on how to handle my crazy life with emotions alternating day to day. I found that if I listened to God, I could put my faith and trust in Him. I was going to listen to Him. Take a break from the noise a couple minutes per day and just breath, pray and give Him my fears. Everything I thought about. The good, the bad and more of the bad, I knew I could rely on Him to listen to me and not judge. He knows the final call at the end of the day so I might as well listen to what He has to say. Doing that gives me peace. In a world that seems so cold and judgmental where people are looking out for themselves, I knew that God eternally loves me and would be there for me when others could not.

Ever since I heard that sermon about listening to God and taking time to spend prayer with Him. I knew I had to do it. I knew it would bring me peace and that everything would be okay. He has a plan for each and everyone one of us. I am trusting the plan and gives me peace. Sometimes I find myself in doubt and start to feel anxious that things will not work out, but then I know that He is holding me in his arms with love and is guiding me along my path till I meet with Him. Until I meet with him in Heaven, I will focus on taking time to build my relationship with Him and be still. Especially in this Lent season.

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    2. Take a nap
    3. Have a dance party
    4. Eat ice cream
    5. Bake a cake
    6. Cry just a little bit
    7. Knit a blanket
    8. Learn to ride a bike
    9. Build a crib
    10. Watch a hockey game
    11. Watch any game
    12. Play with my hair
    13. Dye my hair
    14. Go grocery shopping
    15. Learn to crochet
    16. Do 50 jumping jacks
    17. Drive cross country
    18. Take a bubble bath
    19. Squeeze lemons for lemonade
    20. Sell the lemonade
    21. Make heart-shaped ice cubes
    22. Moisturize my knees
    23. Paint my nails
    24. Find the cure for cancer
    25. Run a marathon
    26. Just kidding, run down the hall
    27. Squat my bodyweight
    28. Eat my bodyweight in French fries
    29. Hibernate until Christmas
    30. Cuddle my body pillow (unless you have a boo)
    31. Think about all the work I’m not doing
    32. Wash my bed sheets
    33. Vacuum my apartment
    34. Play mini golf
    35. Go swimming
    36. Tan in this Texas heat
    37. Sing like I’m about to win American Idol
    38. Blow up balloons
    39. Pop the balloons
    40. Make lists
    41. Write an Odyssey article
    42. Pet a puppy
    43. Adopt a puppy
    44. Pay my rent
    45. Order a pizza
    46. Start a garden
    47. Cook a turkey
    48. Find new music
    49. Clean my waffle iron
    50. Learn to make jam
    51. Jam to music
    52. Play scrabble
    53. Volunteer anywhere
    54. Celebrate a birthday
    55. Watch a makeup tutorial I’ll never use
    56. Go through old pictures on my phone
    57. Make a playlist
    58. Take a shower
    59. Clean my room
    60. Curl my hair
    61. Climb a rock wall
    62. Get a massage
    63. Play with Snapchat filters
    64. Roast a chicken
    65. Go fishing
    66. Chug some Snapple
    67. Ride in a cart around Walmart
    68. Count the days until the semester is over
    69. Overthink about my future
    70. Think of my future baby’s names
    71. Pin everything on Pinterest
    72. Text anybody
    73. Pray about life
    74. Watch a sunset
    75. Watch a sunrise
    76. Have a picnic
    77. Read a book (that’s not for school)
    78. Go to a bakery
    79. Snuggle a bunny
    80. Clean my apartment
    81. Wash my dishes
    82. Rearrange my furniture
    83. Physically run away from my problems
    84. Make some meatballs
    85. Learn to make bread
    86. Google myself
    87. Ride a Ferris wheel
    88. Get stuck on a Ferris wheel (that way, it’s not my fault I’m not studying)
    89. Wash my car
    90. Get on a plane to Neverland
    91. Find Narnia in my closet
    92. Jump on a trampoline
    93. Learn to ice skate
    94. Go rollerblading
    95. Ride a rollercoaster
    96. Carve a pumpkin
    97. Restore water in a third world country
    98. FaceTime my family
    99. Hug my mom
    100. Tell my friends I love them

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