“…take from me the spirit of sloth…”

I’ve been so dry with some sort of inability to type, and I have words floating in my brain. Ideas here and there. But nothing has been germinating. So much going on in the world these days. Trying to hide from it, but it seeps in. Trying to avoid it all, but somehow I get sucked back into that vortex. Ugh.

I cleaned out my pantry this weekend. Because I have neat pantry fantasies. Does mine look like this? No, it does not. But I feel better about what it is I have in my pantry. I have lots of things in glass. I am trying to rid myself of plastic storage (BPAs leaching, etc) and the use in general of plastics. It is hard. They surround us.

It might seem weird but this is a positive thing. It is solid dish soap and a brush. I am replacing my usual Dawn blue. I will keep it around for particular stains (I have white carpeting and a puppy) but this is working out so well. I bought it in a lovely lemon scent. You can use it to wash your hands and scrub pots and pans. It is working out so well. I have ordered stiffer brushes for pots, but this one is working out just fine, so far. I even scrub my sink with it. The soap has no icky chemicals – all natural and made with essential oils. The brush is renewable bamboo. I am using less and still getting a great clean! It makes me feel good to get rid of the chemicals. They are good for some things, don’t get me wrong, but I am loving a simpler, natural approach in caring for my home. And it is not costing me more money to change over, so that’s a win!

Like I said, we cleaned out the pantry. We got rid of all sugars. No white flour. No starchy, sugar-laden side dishes in a box. No pasta or white rice. My pantry and freezer are Whole 30 and Paleo friendly. We have some Fairlife milk in the fridge, and some pepper jack cheese for my son. But hubby and I are going clean. We are taking our health back.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.…” I Corinthians 6:19-20

We have let convenience and convention rule for too long. It is easier to drive through or microwave or add water and boil. But it is not the healthier alternative. Living closer to the dirt, as they say, is healthier for your body. Cooking from scratch. Eating well-rounded meals. Portion control. Lots of clean water. Shy away from processed anything. Rediscover the joys of cooking for our families, and with our families. It used to be sacred – dinner time, at the very least. I remember being a kid and living in the greater Los Angeles area. About 4pm you would start hearing moms calling their kids into the house to “wash up for supper.” We had to be spic and span when Dad came home. Quiet, clean, and speaking when spoken to. Gotta love the 1950s. TV was relatively new and I remember when mom got TV dinners! What a treat that was! LOL! Because TV programming was so sparse and short. I remember seeing the old symbol come on and everyone was off to bed.

We would groan but there was no alternative – no videos or tapes, CDs or DVDs. We would be off to bed to read or sleep. LOL. Life was quieter and simpler. Food was simpler and there was not as much of it. People ate far less. We did not carry water around, either. If you were thirsty, you drank something. LOL. And I felt great. Of course, I was much younger, too. But I long for the ease of simplicity. You can often do far more, with far less. I have blogged about the KonMari method, or Marie Kondo. She is wonderful and a friend showed me a drawer today she cleaned after watching Marie on TV. It spurred me on and I cleaned out my bathroom drawer. I can survive much simpler, with much less.

So far, paring down in clothing and things makes life lighter, simpler. And paring down in what and how we eat also makes life cleaner, simpler, and somehow lighter. Every year, the Church tells us what we need to be doing, and it seems like it falls into place with my own natural rhythms. Maybe it’s because I’ve been fasting during Lent for so long, somehow my psyche and my body knows it’s coming. And I love fasting in the eastern Church’s traditions. It makes SO MUCH SENSE! First, we have Meat Fare Sunday. This is where we give up all meats. Then comes Cheese Fare Sunday, where all dairy is given up. And before you know it, Great Lent has begun. SO excited.

You must be wondering why I love Lent so much. Well, Lent calls us to a greater reflection of who we are and what we project into our world. Do we reflect the Love of God in all things? Or do we reflect back the world to those around us? Meat Fare is also called the Sunday of the Last Judgement. We prepare for the Second Coming of Christ. We prepare our hearts to meet Him, Who is the Redeemer of the World. And on Cheese Fare Sunday, we seek forgiveness from everyone, entering into Lent with a clean heart. And during Lent, we seek ways to stay in closer communion with God by enhanced reading, attending services available at Church, and increased prayer and almsgiving.

So cleaning out my cupboard, cleaning up what we eat, and being organized is leading me straight into Lent. And it is laying the foundation for a Lent filled with growth and potential. In the Eastern Churches, it is not so much what we give up, because our fasting is pretty darn extensive, but rather, it is what else we can do in our Walk with Christ to Calvary. So very excited!!!

“O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. Yea, Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.” Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim, the Syrian.


5 thoughts on ““…take from me the spirit of sloth…”

  1. Love this! I’ve been feeling the same way about the same types of things for a long time. You’re farther ahead than I am though. Lol! I’ve been hanging out on FB pages of Greece that show villagers who still live a simple life. I feel a yearning to go to live there. Who knows if I’ll ever get there with my health the way it is. But, I can dream nonetheless and still make immediate changes like the ones you mentioned (going BPA free, etc).

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