Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lent: Ash Wednesday

Well, I'm observing my liquid fast from sunup to sundown today.

And I tried for forever to figure out to give up.

My boyfriend is giving up games. That's HUGE.
His sister is giving up chocolate. That's HUGE.

I finally settled on these:

no soft drinks (that's fairly big lately)
no cookies (that's almost huge. a huge in lowercase, perhaps.)
nothing on my phone but actual phone calls when driving...even at stoplights or in rush hour. (um, that's something I needed to do ANYWAY)

I think I'll also be observing the no meat on Fridays bit. I haven't made that decision for SURE yet, but most likely I will.

I wrestled a bit with the fact that my sacrifice isn't nearly as impressive as others that I know of.

And then I realized that everything on my list is a healthy choice. Something that is GOOD for me. And realizing that made me realize that I'm still in that "body as a temple" mode. So I'm going to be even more diligent during Lent about what I'm putting in my my sleep habits affect me...if convenience foods are really worth it...

I really think that's what God wants me to focus on right now.

What about you? Are you observing Lent at all? How?



Anonymous said...

I still haven't decided, but I love all of your choices.

Brooke said...

i think the whole point of lent is to realize that nothing we could ever give up is as big of a deal as what He gave up for us.

I'm giving up insecurity for lent. cheating a bit i know, but its something i need to work on, something that will take a lot of prayer. something that hampers my relationship with Him.

Kristen said...

Stopping by from SITS. Hey...whatever you give up I'm sure God will be pleased with...because you're doing it for (hopefully) the right reasons!

Bethany said...

Good, good!! I'm planning to attend 1 event a week, that's my main thing. I'm also focusing on being kinder to my co-teacher J, it's an ongoing struggle there!

Missy said...

I do not observe Lent by giving something up.

I too am on a quest to get healthier so that I can better serve God.

Good luck with your goals.

Stopping in from SITS.

Emily said...

Oh gosh, I'm still trying to decide what to give up. Maybe I could add something in instead? Pray the rosary? Read some books about Mother Theresa? I don't know, but I'd better get started! We are observing the no meat on Fridays rule though. So that's good...right?

Laura said...

I'm trying not to speak ill of anyone.
Not so easy sometimes.

k80 @ onegirlsjourney said...

Cool post! I was really touched by Ash Wed this year too - for the first time! I decided to give up the computer in the morning- at least until I had some prayer time w/ God first! I had slowly become addicted!!! :)

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