I just learned how to start a blog today.
I also am learning about how to give more and to how to sacrifice more.
It surprised me to learn (from Kelly’s book) that the Unites States may be promoting divorce and profiting from the pain in broken people as these trends lead to greater profit.
To combat this negativity, my first attempt has been to give more by upping what I tithe ten percent for this year. I hope to try to increase this amount each year.
Although my family and I don’t exactly make millions, I can afford to give to my church and to those who need it.
I further promise to never use this blog in anger, but with God always in mind. Some of my friends may think I am crazy, or even that I am joining a cult, or becoming an online paster. No. Nothing of the kind. This blog is a journey to try to become the best Catholic I can be.
Our family has given up many things to live where we do:
*We have given up television. At first, not because we wanted to (after the digital TV conversion), but now, even though we could afford satellite, because we have found better things to do with our time.
*We are not dominated by cell phones or technology. In fact, although we pay a lot to maintain high speed Internet access, I shut off all work-related emails, so as to concentrate on family when I am with my family.
*We are not getting top salaries. I think we can afford to live. It is enough. I could work somewhere else and earn more. My husband is very skilled and could earn more. We manage.
*We are not surrounded by tons of people or feeling the need to have piles of constant admirers. I could live closer to my friends, but I have learned that there is a big difference between good friends (those who invite me to stay with them or those I delight to have come and stay with me). We resist the urge to live by a status quo or to be “popular”.
*We live where it is safe and mostly clean. We love living where we have some privacy, clean water, where I can garden, and my children can run and play.
I also decided to do a bit of sacrifice today. This week is Ash Wednesday and the calendar I received in the mail from “Food for the Poor,” challenged me to make a small sacrifice for someone else. Although I feel I already do that daily as a mom and as a teacher, I decided to so a sacrifice with my husband in mind.
He is a very hard worker; he is often gone well over 40 hours each day for work, and he still manages to do all the household chores at the cost of additional hours (just to keep things running smoothly and safely). This may mean hours of snow shoveling/plowing, roof repairs, etc.
So, today I dragged a heavy ladder up to the house and shoveled as much of the snow from the roof as I safely could. This included opening much of the roof vent, the edges, and trying to open rain gutters. I didn’t do nearly as good of a job as my husband does. I learned to appreciate even more the sweat he dedicates to keeping a heavy snow load off our roof. I have always helped some in the past, but I have never shoveled alone. The whole time I worked, I asked God to help me do what I could. I lugged the ladder. I asked Him to help me keep my footing on slippery shingles.
I made a small difference on the roof, but small is where I plan to start this journey…