i prefer…

One of the many graces I have received during this year’s Lenten Desire to

spend more time with God

has been all the extra-time provided to do more life-giving, beneficial things while under God’s gaze!

By sacrificing my time normally spent on Instagram I am (instead) doing things which

feed the Spirit He planted within me!

Like reading, writing, watching a good movie or crocheting!

As a result I truly do not know if I will re-engage in Social Media again!

I do know, at the very least, it shall (indeed) change significantly – as I have experienced an Interior Freedom not felt by me for far too long.

I pray that you too are experiencing a similar feeling, as you’ve detached from your own (sometimes negative) distractions during this period of lent.

And just in case you’re looking for something new to occupy your time I am sharing a few of my own substitutions with you!


I enthusiastically welcome your suggestions too!!

It’s what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.

Oscar Wilde

Books I read in February & March

To Be Where You Are  – Jan Karon

Come Rain or Come Shine  – Jan Karon

In the Company of Others  – Jan Karon

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good  – Jan Karon

Home to Holly Springs  – Jan Karon

The Trellis and the Seed  – Jan Karon

Redeeming Love  – Francine Rivers

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You – Frederick Backman

Mrs. Lincoln‘s Dressmaker – Jennifer Chiaverini

The Great(est) Pretender  – Mark Bradley Morrow

The Rhythm of Life  – Matthew Kelly

Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table  – Louie Giglio

Uninvited  – Lysa Teurkurst

Life is Messy  – Matthew Kelly

The Way of Trust and Love: A Retreat Guided by Saint Thérèse of Lisieux  – as written by Jacques Philippe

Interior Freedom  – Jacques Philippe

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

We read to know we are not alone.

CS Lewis

Cook Books:

What would Jesus eat? The Ultimate Program for eating well, feeling great, and living longer.  – Don Colbert MD

The Mediterranean Diet for Beginners by Rockridge Press

The Mediterranean Refresh by Erika Simons


The Road Less Traveled  – M Scott Peck

People of the Lie  – M Scott Peck

The Practice of The Presence of God & The Spiritual Maxims by Brother Lawrence

“When your life flashes before your eyes at the end, make sure it’s a good movie you’re watching.”

Stewart Stafford

Movies I watched in February & March

*I have not made any recommendations for viewing. Some I loved. Some I liked. Some I wish I’d not watched at all. I look forward to hearing your own opinions.

I want you back starring Charlie Day and Jenny Slate

Not That Funny starring Nick Thume, K Callahan and John Capellos

The Starfish starring Joanne Froggatt, Tom Riley, Ellie Copping


The Bachelors starring JK Simmons, Josh Wiggins, O’Daya Rush

Fisherman‘s Friends


Farm to Fork to Love

Lemon Grove

Still mine starring James Cromwell, Geneviève Bujold, and  Chuck Shamata

A Father‘s Legacy starring Tobin Bell, Jason Mac Gregory and Allen Williams

At Middleton starring Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga

From the Vine starring Joe Pantoliano, Wendy Crewson, Marco Leonardi

A Rainy Day in New York starring Timothée Chalamet, Jude Law, Elle Fanning

Corrie ten Boom: A faith undefeated

The Goldfinch starring Ansel Elgort Oakes Fegley, and Aneurin Barnard

Manchester by the Sea starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Season Three

Upload  – Season One and Season Two

You Again starring Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Sigourney Weaver

The pursuit of love.

The Love Punch starring Pierce Bronson, Emma Thompson and  Celia Imrie 

Crazy on the Outside starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Ray Liotta

The Tender Bar starring Tye Sheridan, Ben Affleck 

Love and Friendship

All Roads lead to Rome starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie de Raoul Bova

The Descendants starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges

Four Seasons Lodge Documentary

Words and Pictures starring Clive Owen, Juliet Benosh and  Bruce Davison

A long way down

Miss you already starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette 

The Last Word starring Shirley McClain, Amanda Seyfried and  Anne Heche

The Greatest starring Pierce Bronson, Susan Sarandon

Please Stand By starring Dakota Fanning, Tony Colette and Alice Eve

The Grand Seduction


The Chosen – Season One

Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray Andy MacDowell

Death at a Funeral starring Matthew MacFadyen, Ewen Bremner, Alan Tudyk

The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds

One of several crochet patterns I enjoyed can be found here.

Whatever you have been occupying your time with this lenten season I do pray you have experienced the interior freedom He desires you to find.

hugs n’ blessings for priorities made, priorities kept.

9 thoughts on “i prefer…

  1. Beautiful sharing. Have you ever tried beautiful beading. Lots of patience needed but beauty and prayer time. My granddaughter gave me the challenge pf a cat. When I finished the Picture it is a joy to see, Blessings!. Thank you.


    1. Aww, why thank you Faye! 😊 No, I have not tried beading…yet. My Spirit is always seeking to release it’s creative juices -perhaps one day it will lead me to this new craft! You should do a post on your beaded cat! I am certain many of us would enjoy the tail (get it?) you could spin to accompany it. 😘


  2. What a wonderful post! I’m enjoying this season and have read and watched some of the same books and movies. I’m rewatching The Chosen, too! Thank you so much for sharing and loving Jesus. It oozes through you and we all benefit your light for HIS Kingdom! Love and hugs! 💛❤️🤗


    1. All praise to Him, Karla! And gosh – I do desire to be His light….thank you for the kind words of affirmation in His being seen through my love for Him. He blessed me abundantly this Lenten Season & praise be it is bursting into these 50 days of Easter. A few friends of my Cuppycake & I did The Chosen Book study during lent which enabled us to rewatch Season One. What a delight!! There was so much power in watching it a second time, don’t your think???

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      1. Amen, Dawn!! Yes, watching it again did prove powerful! I’m so happy your season has been blessed! I’m in a season of quiet. Of exploring him and heeding his messages. I pruned some things that made life difficult. I know I did what HE needed me to do. And that gives me peace. I don’t know where I’d be without faith! Sending love and hugs!! 💛💕🙏🏻❤️🤗

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