{Women in the Word Wednesday} Lent

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I am not Catholic which means I have never given anything up for Lent… This year I am changing that! My bible study leader sent us an email before our “Fat Tuesday” party yesterday. *picture of the bible study gals at the part-ay :)*

She challenged us to really think about committing to Lent no matter our denomination. Below explains the background and reasons to participate.  As I read, thought, and prayed about what my Lent choice would be, I zero’d in on #18 from the list of examples (and no, that Jessica was not me lol). 

I will be sacrificing my snooze alarm!?!?!?!?! If you know me, you are more than aware of me being the complete opposite of a morning person.  I normally hit snooze anywhere between 5-7 times every morning. This will most definitely be a challenge, but nothing compared to the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. 

God Bless & Choose Your Sacrifice,

Email from bible study leader explaining and giving examples for Lent:

“When we give up something for Lent, we endure our sacrifice as a reminder of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the Cross. When we add something to our daily lives, we experience the sacrifice of carrying our cross in a deeper way. This Lenten season, embrace the call of the Church and of Christ in making room for the Lord in your heart.

In order to decide what to give up for Lent, you should first identify the things in your life that have taken over. Sit down and pray about what has become a controlling factor of your life. It could easily be a food, activity, or object. Once you have determined what you need to remove from your life (even if it is only for the duration of Lent) you can decide if it is something you can or should give up completely or simply decrease its presence in your life. It’s not just a matter of saying, “I really like chocolate, so I should give it up completely.” What you could say is, “I spend far too much time watching television when I should be spending time in prayer or with my family. I am going to decrease my television time and increase the time I spend with my family and with God.”

To guide you in deciding what to give up or add for Lent, see the lists below. Allow your decision to be rooted in prayer and strengthened through Christ. Through this season of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, may we come to know the Lord more deeply and recognize all He gives to us each day.”

– See more at: http://www.whattogiveupforlent.com/ideas#sthash.XlzN2YVP.dpuf

Be thinking about ideas of what you could give up for lent to remind you of the sacrificial love of Jesus… Here are some creative ideas I found:
  1. “I’m addicted to caffeine so I gave up all drinks but water for Lent two years ago.” – Amanda
  2. “Last year I didn’t give up anything for Lent, just added more prayer life. This year I am going to add more prayer life and give up Facebook.” – Josephina
  3. “I gave up spoons and forks. I learned to use chopsticks. It was funny for my friends and made it easy to talk about Lent in a way that people were cool with. We laughed a lot.” – Matt
  4. “I’ve heard of people giving up their beds for Lent. They slept on the floor or the couch.” – Anna
  5. “I’m going to treat my body as a temple of God during lent… everything I read, watch, listen to, eat, drink, do, say, etc…..focusing on being a temple of God.” – Paul
  6. “One year for Lent I wrote a letter each day. I made a list of 40 people who have touched my life in one way or another. Each day of Lent, I wrote a person on the list a letter of thanks for how they touched my life and I prayed for that person on that day….it was a WONDERFUL experience!!!” – Patty
  7. “I tried improving on my spirit of giving.” – Peter
  8. “This year, I’m giving up the radio in my car in order to focus more on the things that are around me that God created! I can’t wait so I’ve already started doing it!” – Joshua
  9. “One year I gave up my bed. I slept outside in a tent. And I live in Canada! So it was well below freezing! I even kept a blog on Myspace (that’s all there was at the time!) Another year I made a few shirts out of burlap, and wore one under my regular clothes for all of Lent. Both were hard, but really helped me those years.” – Brandon
  10. “This year, I’m giving up all sweets, (I work at a frozen yogurt shop) and am going to use the constant reminder to pray for one person in particular every day, I made a list/calendar via Facebook of friends that need/want prayer.” – Aimee
  11. “I have an issue with vanity, especially when I get ready in the morning. So I decided a couple years ago to just wear the first outfit I put on every morning. What I learned from that was how to get a source of self esteem beyond my outfits.” – Carrie, a Life Teen Missionary
  12. “I didn’t do this, but last year two of my friends gave up warm water for their showers.” – Maria
  13. “I want to listen more.” – Carmelina
  14. “I have given up makeup in the past, and this year I am giving up meat!” – Kimberly
  15. “Usually during Lent, on top of giving up something we love but don’t need, we say that any money that is found in the laundry, couches, and anywhere else was God’s money and we gave it to the poor. I remember one of the first years we did this, I found a $20 bill in a parking lot.” – Alyssa
  16. ““I know a girl who said she only listened to Christian music during last year’s Lent. She said it was hard at first, but soon loved the depth and meaning behind many Christian songs.” – Molly
  17. “Getting to the 3rd floor using stairs not escalator/elevator.” – Francisca
  18. “I’ve never done it, but I’ve heard of people giving up the snooze button on their alarm clock. They said that it was harder than they thought, but it taught them a lot about discipline.” – Jessica
  19. “Last year I gave up my pillow. Honestly, at first it was fun, but it proved to be hard. But it made me realize how blessed I am to even have a bed.” – Sara
    • More ideas….
    • Don’t eat the last bite of your food
    • Park at the very back of the parking lot
    • Put a popcorn kernel in your shoe every day
    • Don’t use your apps
    • Get to know your neighbors
    • Stop complaining and/or being negative
    • Leave a post-it with a positive message on it wherever you go
    • Cut out all screen-time (phone, TV, computer) after dinner
    • Everyday during Lent, forward a picture of a scripture to someone along with an encouraging text
    • Don’t straighten or curl your hair
    • Sit and stand up straight – don’t slouch!
    • Every day take a picture of something or someone you’re grateful for and hang the pictures somewhere you will see everyday

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous
    February 14, 2013 / 2:32 pm

    I should try this one also! I always hit my snooze! 🙂
    Good one, Jess!
    Maybe we can text each other, “GET UP!” haha.

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