Yes, I’m a day late to the adventure. #storyofmylife 🙂 It’s a particularly sad (as in pathetic) reason, but because I’m a day late I’m going to finish a day later than everyone else on this journey.
To me, Lent is a time to give up something in order to gain something more. I don’t see it as a religious thing (to me); I see it more as a relationship thing. I take this time of year to draw even closer to Jesus. I get distracted as the year goes on and He falls out of my center focal point. I want to put aside distractions and fill my life more with Him. Yes, I should be doing this all year. My hope is to keep up with this throughout the rest of the year. 47 days should be a good start to a new habit, right?
When most people participate in Lent, they give up something in order to gain more time with Jesus. Something that I feel can, at times, be an idol in my life is food. When I’m upset, I’ll fill that void with some french fries from Chick-fil-a. When I’m having a bad day, a sweet tea knows how to cheer me up. Isn’t that a little sad? Instead of turning to the One who can fill me up, I turn to food. Sorry if that’s too much information, just wanted to be honest with you guys! 🙂 So, during this time I’m giving up fast food and sweet tea. The sweet tea part is HUGE because I am always drinking sweet tea. To me, that shows just how much I need to give it up.
I’m also going to be reading the She Reads Truth Bible study plan for Lent: Jesus, Keep me Near the Cross. Last year, I gave up fast food and did a study program through Naptime Diaries (which was awesome!!!). I’m excited to try this new program and make it a new part of my day for the rest of the year.
I know this is going to be a difficult challenge, but I’m excited to lean on God during this. He should be the first one I go to, when I’m having a bad day. Not food. Am I the only one with this problem? haha. Sometimes I feel like it. Please tell me I’m not alone. 🙂
Welp, that’s what’s on my heart right now. It’s going to be an interesting next few weeks. I don’t know when the last time I went without Sweet Tea for this long was. Oy! I’ll work on not being crabby and drinking more water! 🙂
Are YOU giving up anything for Lent? Are you doing anything different this year? I’d love to hear it! 🙂