I will be honest. Before I was actively in the Word or around anyone who was a frequent church goer, I had NO CLUE what Lent was...or (if I'm going to be really honest) what Easter was all about. Embarrassing, I know. At least I'm honest with you all.
And really since I have accepted Christ into my life, I didn't really get Lent either...
This year I decided to do my research, read, pray, and decide what Lent was all about. I did. And I decided to actively participate this year.
Lent is a time when Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.
For the next 40 days, until Easter (Sundays don't count) I will be fasting from 2 things.
- Sweets. This means cookies, candy, cake, pie, ice cream....you get the point.
- Negative words. I will speak blessings upon my life and those of others.
These are 2 things I struggle with (sweets since I was pregnant) and through much prayer and discipline I hope to overcome them!
It probably goes without saying, you will find much of my Lent experience here at Feeding My Temple.
Some dates to take note of:
- February 22 - Ash Wednesday
- April 1 - Palm Sunday
- April 5 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
- April 6 - Good Friday
- April 8 - Easter Sunday
Will you be participating in Lent this year? What will you be fasting from? Many of you shared via Facebook and Twitter some interesting choices!
My Sweets (favorite)
OH! In case you were wondering, I'm not Catholic. :)