Plan for Lent

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I grew up Catholic, so giving up something for Lent was engrained into my brain. As a child, I wanted to give up something that would be easy and wouldn't take much sacrifice. As my faith has grown, along with my understanding of the reason for sacrificing during Lent, I have found that giving up something that will cause struggle and sacrifice will bring a greater result. During Lent, I want a constant reminder of the sacrifice Christ made when he died for our sins on the cross and the love He has for us.

I have decided to once again give up sweets. I adore ice cream and cake and cookies and candy and pretty much ALL things sweet. In the past, I would have had a hope for weight loss along the way but this year, I am actually worried about not getting enough calories without sweets. But God will provide :)

My plan for Lent includes no sweets (candy, ice cream, pastries, cake, etc). Anything that could be considered dessert is out. Now I am not saying no sugar... I can still have ketchup, tomato sauces, etc but nothing that would be considered a 'sweet' or 'dessert'. When I feel tempted to cheat, I will get out my bible and read at least one day's worth of reading. If I am still tempted, either keep reading or start praying. Hopefully this will get me through the next 6 weeks!!

I know God will give me strength to do this AND He gave the ultimate sacrifice in giving His only Son so WE could have eternal life. Lord, I am so grateful for your sacrifice.

I pray that you will all draw closer to God during this Lenten season and remember His sacrifice. Blessings to you!
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    Good luck!
    You are doing it for really good reasons!
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    2581 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    2583 days ago
    I hear you, it is not about easy, convenient, or even kinda is about a true sacrifice! I think it can come in many ways, giving something up, doing something that is not easy to do, like volunteering or doing errands for someone who is a shut in, etc. It can be making calls to check on people, writing letters to someone that it would give joy, taking time, money, energy or doing without is a true way to make a sacrifice. I know your 6 weeks without any sweets will bring you a daily reminder of such an act of sacrifice!
    May you have strength, insight and peace!
    In friendship,
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    2584 days ago
    2584 days ago
    Yeah, I try to make small changes in my daily life as well. Listening to my students, having a better servant's heart, etc. BUT I like to have a sacrifice as well. Something that will be a constant reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made.
    2584 days ago
    You might consider doing something other than you normally do; rather than give something up; like being a better listener to someone in need; taking the time to talk to that elderly neighbor or altering some aspect of behavior with your significant other; kids etc. Just a thought. emoticon
    2584 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/22/2012 12:39:15 PM
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