Lent

Yesterday was the start of Lent! {For those who don’t know what Lent is about. It’s the act of valuing repentance. As Catholics, for 40 days and 40 nights (from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday) we practice prayer, repent, and fasting. Some may also give up something they value or do that are unGodly means to concentrate on being closer to God and his practices.

My family and I went to Mass to get our ashes put on our foreheads. {Ashes symbolize the dust in which God made us, and that we may remember that we will return to dust again one day.} Then I thought about what I should give up this year and maybe give some ideas to any of you that practice as well.

In previews years I’ve given up soda, chocolate, coffee, video games, and skipping a meal (as far as I can remember). You may ask that those do not add up for how old I am. I’ve repeated some of the previous years when I couldn’t think of anything. This year I decided to give up alcohol. Not that I drink every day at all. This year I feel like I’ve had more alcohol than I’ve had in one year (again not that I drink a lot anyway). I think the reason was because I haven’t had alcohol in a year since I was pregnant than had to breast feed for a while. Subconsciously, I think my mind wanted to make up for it. Plus with friends coming and going and us actually getting to celebrate as a family with our friends having new adventures this year, it added the reason to drink. I just wanted to stop for a while. Plus it helps to lose weight, just another benefit. My husband is giving up video games. Which is good, because he can finally concentrate on better things. Get more stuff done for himself, such a catching up on reading maybe get back into working out.

I laid out some ideas that I hope help some of you. Others people give up: reading certain types of books, tv, social media, electronics, phones, skip 1 or 2 meals, sweets, sex, porn, movies, shopping, going out to do something you routinely do, staying up late, sleeping in, giving up your favorite food/drink…etc. It can really be anything. Anything that distracts you from being closer to God. Good luck! I’ll keep you all in my prayers as well as I hope you keep my family in yours. Have a safe lent! Share some of your lent traditions and practices with your comments below!

 

God Bless,

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