47 Days

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! 🙂 

V.A. Photography Richmond Virginia Wedding Photographer_2373(Isn’t this arrangement from Dear Sweetheart Events beautiful?! Loved collaborating with her and Katherine Elizabeth Bridal the other weekend! 🙂

2 Comments

  • I haven’t given anything up this year per se, but I am working on finding a better work life balance before the spring! I know how challenging it can be though, so wishing you the best!! xxx

  • Girl — I am the SAME way!! It’s so dumb how much a McDonald’s Coke can cheer me up….I totally turn to food/sweets/a Wyder’s Pear Cider when I’m having a crappy day! Haha! Proud of you & excited to hear about how God honors your sacrifice!!!

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I’m Virginia Ashley, but my friends just call me Ashley! I’m a wedding photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. Even though I live in RVA, I travel all over for photography, which is awesome because I LOVE to travel! I’ve been as far as California and have my passport burning a hole in my pocket!

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