Lent Starts February 22.

It’s been YEARS since I’ve given something up for Lent.

This year, I’m giving something up.

I just don’t know what.

Actually, I know what I *should* give up, but it pains me to do so.

So I’ll pray about it.

Even though God has already given me His answer.

What’s His answer for you?

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2 thoughts on “Lent Starts February 22.

  1. Hi!

    I’m here from your hubby’s blog and and enjoying your blog very much! You and MC are such good role models as parents. I hope your girls grow up to be like you and marry men as good as their daddy is.

    I’ve loved reading about your faith journey, as I am (and have been) on one of my own. Although I was raised Catholic, like so many Catholics raised from the 70s through present day, I was raised with very poor, watered-down catechism, even having attended Catholic school, resulting in very little knowledge and understanding of Church beliefs. Consequently, I walked away from the Faith years ago, which included giving up anything for Lent (“That’s dumb – I don’t need to do that!”), which I don’t think I ever did, including not abstaining from eating meat on Fridays (ditto, “That’s dumb…).

    Over a process of many years, I’ve since learned the Faith and have reverted. Last year, I gave up chicken (which I love) and red meat (**sniffle**) for the entire period of Lent.* Oh, it was difficult, especially since I don’t care for fish, and living on $hrimp, $callops and lob$ter was not in my budget. Yet, as I went through Lent, I finally understood *why* we need to deny ourselves, including the power of self-discipline.

    This year, I will do it again and am dreading it, but Jesus Christ gave up so much more for us than a measly 40 days without meat. I get now, I really get it.

    Good luck with whatever you choose to give up!

    *With the exception of buying homemade soup to support the Confirmation class on Wednesdays during Lent. It was made by the children’s mothers and sold as a fundraiser for charity. Almost all soups had meat of some kind. This year, I will try to buy some and freeze it, or just donate some money and walk away.

    • what a great comment. Thanks for taking the time!

      A friend of mine says “you give something up for Lent in order to grow closer to God”. I love that very simple way of recognizing the reason we give something up. And when I think about things I have given up in the past, I gave up things that didn’t hurt. Chocolate, for this non-chocolate lover (well, back in the day I wasn’t a fan. It seems pregnancies have changed that) used to be my go-to “give up” thing. It wasn’t a struggle at all. But then again, I didn’t feel it necessary to grow closer to God during Lent, since I was just being the dutiful Episcopalian by giving anything up!

      And forget about fasting for a day… haven’t done that since high school.

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