Content Warning: Christianity, Lent, faith
Today is a completely new type of post for me. I don’t normally talk about faith (not only here on my blog but even in my day to day life). I grew up Catholic & eventually we started going to church less & less as the years went on. Don’t get me wrong, I am still a believer. I am one of those people that has a rosary in my car that my grandma gave me to keep me safe & this year one of my goals was to start going to church again. But enough of this background on me & my faith!
Today is Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday opens Lent, meaning we are six & a half weeks out from Easter! Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday (today!), Lent is supposed to be the season of reflection and preparation before the Easter Celebrations.
I grew up in a Catholic family, attended both Catholic elementary & high schools. Each year on Ash Wednesday, we would walk over to the church get blessed with a little cross on our foreheads & choose to give up something.
The last few years, I have said I would give up a few things but have not stuck to those promises. I end up caving & beating myself up for not being able to keep my Lent goals. This year, I am determined to actually stick to my Lent goals.
So this year I decided to ask myself:
What Lent disciplines am I ready to take on this year?
My Lent Sacrifices of 2019:
- Candy & Popcorn: I may or may not be shedding a tear as I write this, my love for popcorn goes deep, but me & candy have this bond no one will understand. So this is going to be really tough.
- Keep My Room Clean: I am going to keep my room clean & organized for the next 40 days…
- Mindless Spending: I am notorious for spending money just because or thinking I have a reason to spend it. I’m challenging myself to only spend money on things I need & I mean desperately need. So basically no money should be spent in the next 40 days… Wish me luck.
- Meatless Mondays & Fridays: Well your not supposed to eat meat on Friday’s anyways, so I figured why not add one more meatless day in & make this a little more challenging…..
This is going to be tough. Lent is supposed to be tough. That’s why it calls for sacrifices. Wish me luck!
And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.
– Mark 1:13
Are you giving up anything for Lent this year? Let me know in the comments!
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