Hey...no I'm not Catholic, but the idea always intrigues me about Lent. Wikipedia states that Lent is "in the Christian tradition, the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. Lent is a time of sacrifice for Jesus. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, alms giving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan."
OK. There are about a 100 things I can think of to give up for Lent, but most prominently the thing I think I would benefit from is giving up the word "YES." I saw yes far too often, and most always at my own expense. Giving up "yes" will allow me to focus more on myself and also allow me to devote more time in my life to God. My sweet friend Mandy over at Knieses' Pieces was saying on facebook this morning she was having trouble deciding what to give up for Lent. When she said that, it occurred to be that I didn't really know anything about Lent aside that you were supposed to give something up for a while. Perhaps she will have more insight for me, but I can't thank her enough for putting the idea in my head.
So, I'm giving up Yes for God, and it makes me feel pretty good to say it and think about it. Special thanks to God for putting Mandy on my friends list. : )
So for day 7, I plan to get closer to God and hopefully throughout the rest of this process, I will learn somethng too.
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