NCMFROGGER, good goals, if there is anything we can do to help, just shout and we will do our best. Keep posting so we can encourage you. Have you thought of making a spark page so we can leave you comments and goodies to encourage you? hugs sue
Since I have been unemployed since November it's been hard for me to be the happy person I use to be === so I am trying to give up sweets and my disposition of depression and looking forward to losing the weight
So Funny Sue:) I was spending so much time watching TV in the daytime that nothing I really needed to do was getting done. When I gave those up there was a lot of time and time to spare even:) Have a good day all! Anna
Mary, I love that story about your grandmother, she sounds a real character, bless her
Anna, good to see you, I read your post quickly the first time and thought you gave up SOAP..lol..I was just thinking you must have been pretty smelly when I read it again properly...lol I gave up soaps last year, not for Lent, just because I was so sick of them, I have gone back to Coronation Street but don't watch the others now. To be honest I only went back because dh was on nights and there was nothing else on and I didn't fancy reading so I put it on as a background noise and then watched it
I was raised Catholic most of my younger years, but have not been a catholic for a very long time. I do have to say that it taught me a lot of things in my life one being that going to Church daily as a child, never hurt me at all. As for Lent it was always nice to be able to give up something for a few weeks as Christ did so much for us and to me giving up something we really love can be very hard to do. One year I gave up Soap's and never did go back, so God took me away from all that through giving them up. I really feel no matter what your faith is or religion we can learn a lot from God. Have a great day all!!!!
Anna Loves The Lord
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I have always been a Methodist and never even did Ash Wednesday services until I moved to FL. I really love the meaning of that service and I am glad to be able to participate in it now.
As for giving something up for Lent--I have done it many times in the past. Will see what I feel led to do this year.
I have three kids who are Catholic and as far as I know my two girls go to churches where they do not require you to deny during Lent. But my son in VA does believe very strongly in the denial part of Lent.
I like what your church does Mary. That is something I am going to pray about doing this year. So many are in need. I have a friend on another team and she does enormous amounts of work for the needy through her Catholic church in DL. Your dear Grandmother must have been something else~~I can picture this dear Irish lady with spark in her eyes.
This is sure a chatty thread. I love it!! We are all so very different and yet we are united in our journey to get healthy. Let's go team.
I'm a Catholic (though rather lapsed at the moment). The Church doesn't push the "giving up" idea any more. The focus is on doing good things for people instead, which I think is much more positive.
Just a little story to illustrate why I think this is a better idea: my maternal grandmother always drank her coffee with cream. One year for Lent she decided to give up the cream in her coffee. She discovered she liked black coffee so much that she drank it with cream for the rest of Lent!
"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."
"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)
"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)
I am not a Catholic and never have been, so never HAD to give something up..but I have used it over the years to stop having things I know I shouldn't have..lol...like chocolate...and then at Easter I could pig out on all the eggs..lol
Sue from UK
Pounds lost: 14.0
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I was raised a catholic so my church and the nuns expected me to give up something for lent, and that so turned me against all of that stuff so that when I got older and realized what was going on I celebrated then and now I dont have to ever give up something again for lent. Praise God for making me free from all bondages.
I don't know if any of you give up things for Lent? Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don't..lol This year I am giving up things made with wheat flour which of course includes bread. I am wheat intolerant and can only have small amounts without being ill, but I still keep eating it as I haven't learnt what to have in its place. I know I feel so much better without it I figure if I can give it up for the whole of Lent I will have cracked it. Of course, luckily the day before is Shrove Tuesday so I can still have my pancakes..lol
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