If you've been doing any Lenten clicking, you'll find a plethora of ideas for your family. One of my goals is to just spend more time as a family in Scripture. I'm working on a little project to help us out with that. And to that end, I'm posting the Church's daily Gospel readings, from the USCCB. They follow such a beautiful rhythm. And if you get a chance or missed it at Ash Wednesday yesterday, peek at yesterday's readings as well. A reminder of why Catholics (and some other Christians) use the outward sign of the ashes.
I love this particular Gospel because it encourages me. I reflect on it from the point of view of homeschooling ... I feel that in making the choice to homeschool and to use Natural Family Planning - both things done in the name of following God's will, I have in fact lost my life for Christ's sake :). The life I "thought" I would have at this point. The life where I only have the first two kids, they are close to leaving home and I'm free to focus on myself and my own interests exclusively. But no, where I'm at is soooo much better than that. That's the thing about God's will, if you are open to it and listen to Him, His plan is so much better than anything we could ever dream possible!
And there is joy! JOY!!