“But the thing about apples is that we’re always biting off more than we can chew. It is hard to see which bites might nourish and which might cause us to choke.”

Erin Loechner fromChasing Slow

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Happy Friday!

March has been a fickle month in The Wilderness Place. Days of fierce winds and frosty mornings. Days of seventy and above with warm sunshine streaming through the windows. A four-thirty am thunderstorm and driving rain this morning.

By Sunday, we may see snowflakes!

As you know, Friday is my favorite day of the week. Date day with my Sweet Man, physical therapy, wondering the isles of Target, and if I can twist his arm(insert winking emoji), maybe a trip to our local book store. Meanwhile, I am joining Kate Motaung and others for Five Minute Friday, where we write on one word for five minutes.

Today’s word: ABANDON

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The people replied, “We would never abandon the Lord and serve other Gods.”

Joshua 24: 16 (NLT)

We’re a week and a half into the Lenten Season, my commitment to make more space to sit with God and simply listen, is beginning to get a bit scratchy.

The lure of social media has beckoned me with her gnarly fingers, stealing my presence from God. She’s made it easy for us. We can talk on the phone and scroll at the same time, while in the name of health, pin another recipe to the other four hundred and sixty-three I already have. Place my Amazon order, throwing in a few extras I don’t need!

Before I realize it, the time set aside has passed, and I am faced with the conundrum of hurriedly giving God a few seconds, or ashamedly pushing the thought away altogether, leaving it for the end of the day when I am already spent. Giving Him my leftovers.

I have come to realize I am no less fickle than the Israelites as they trekked through the wilderness. Complaining. Moaning. Never once noticing their sandals had not worn out.

Are we choking on the things we believe give us life, while abandoning life lived to it’s fullest in the presence of God?

“I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith.” John 16:1 (NLT)

I would love to hear from you, how your Lenten Season is going, your struggles, your dreams You can do that by commenting below or contacting me here.

I had the opportunity to be a guest on Holly Barret’s podcast. You can catch the podcast episode hereand listen to more of my story through the wilderness. 

In case you missed it: 

When You’re Dreaming of Quiet Retreat

My Bookshelf: What I Read In February

My Sweet Man and I are loving this book for Lent:

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