The party is over, Madri Gras (Fat Tuesday) is done.
Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the start of the Lenten season where we begin the process of sacrifice for 40 days. I grew up in the Catholic Church and attended Catholic school until college, so the Lenten season has always held a special place in my spiritual journey.
Most of the time during Lent I focused on sacrificing something edible. As a kid I would give up candy or sweets which wasn’t a sacrifice because I didn’t really eat candy (that habit started later in life). As I got older I would switch to something that was a little harder like pork or soft drinks. These two things wouldn’t be a sacrifice today. Maturity happens!
At some point I stopped “giving up” things for Lent and I started adding things. I started adding more prayer time in those 40 days, I started making a very conscious effort to be more giving, more loving and to be a better person.
They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. The first year that I added these things during Lent they did become habits. I still try to find more ways to add to my prayer time. I still make a conscious effort to be more giving and to be a better person.
For the 2019 Lenten season I’m going to add and subtract for these 40 days. I’m going to sacrifice a food, bread. Pray my strength. I’m going to re read two books, Purpose Driven Life & When God Winks. Both books make me feel like I’m strengthen my spiritual relationship with God.
I pray that at the end of these 40 days I come out a healthier and more purposeful woman.
What are you sacrificing or adding during this Lenten season?
Beewisdom- “Prayer does not change the purpose of God. But prayer does change the action of God.” — Chuck Smith