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!