Feb 18, 2010

Season of Lent

I can't believe the season of Lent is already upon us. I love this time of year, as it really forces me to slow down, and reflect on what Lent is really about. Every year I ponder on what to give up (although I think "giving up" something is technically a Catholic thing) as I feel it is important to sacrifice something you love in honor of Jesus' sacrifices for us.

Last year I reluctantly gave up chocolate. I know , I know, you're all thinking ARE YOU STUPID??!! I heard that a lot. But, wasn't that the point? To give up something you love? Absolutely, but I do feel that there are exceptions to that rule, first one being that nothing should be gained for giving something up. Yes, that's right, gained. I gained 8 pounds giving up chocolate, mainly because I would eat any and everything else that was sweet. *sigh*.

This year I decided to give up Facebook. ACK!!! I love Facebook, it is my "social hour" for me, when the kids are napping (and early in the morning, and when the kids are in bed, lol). I don't play any of the games, I just like seeing what everyone is up to. I have also decided to stay off the computer a little more. I think that checking out everyone's blogs and ideas just overwhelm me, I see all these cool projects that I want to do, and then get overwhelmed because I want to do them all! I am still going to check out everyone's posts, and will still be posting myself, but I am going to limit my time.

Yesterday I spent an hour reading the Bible, and felt so good about that. Now if I could just keep this going all year round instead of once a year. Wouldn't that be wonderful??!! And I'm sorry, but whomever said that doing something for 21 days becomes a habit is full of beans. Living without chocolate for 40 days just made me want it more!

So, with all of that, my prayer for each of you is that you would take some time to reflect on this special time of year and really take the time to sloooooow down.

Much love,

6 comments:

Mandy said...

Spot on, Cara. I agree that slowing down and remembering what this season is all about is very important.
We'll miss you on Facebook.

Mandy

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

This was a really great post for me. I'm always in high gear & I need to slow down and enjoy more time with my babies b/c I never have enough of them :) thanks for sharing!

Missy said...

I've been trying to limit my computer time as well. It is so easy to get sucked into it and before you know it, the entire day is gone.

I have read that it actually takes a good 30-60 days to make something a habit.

Jo's Health Corner said...

Cara,
Lent used to be big in our country, Sweden. Last day before lent we eat a special pastry and it is still tradition today.
I gave you a Beautiful Blogger Award..
http://joshealthcorner.blogspot.com/2010/02/beautiful-blogger-award.html

Have a great weekend!

american girl primitives said...

Cara, I love the idea of giving something up for lent even though I'm not Catholic. Don't worry we Methodists do this too or at least talk about it, LOL! I am trying to do better about reading my bible on a regular basis and doing my daily devotionals. I think what you're doing is just wonderful. I love the title of your blog and thanks for becoming a follower of mine. My mom had 5 girls so I'm sure she could sympathize with you.

Carey

american girl primitives said...

Cara, I love the idea of giving something up for lent even though I'm not Catholic. Don't worry we Methodists do this too or at least talk about it, LOL! I am trying to do better about reading my bible on a regular basis and doing my daily devotionals. I think what you're doing is just wonderful. I love the title of your blog and thanks for becoming a follower of mine. My mom had 5 girls so I'm sure she could sympathize with you.

Carey