Thursday, March 6, 2014

Day 1 - {Lent} Thankful Thursday

Day 1 - {LENT}

So lent started yesterday with ASH wednesday.

Lent is the 40 days before Easter, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Ash Wednesday reminds us that it was dust the we came from, and to dust we shall return.

Lent is also a time that one decides to give something up, thousands of years ago the norm was fast for certain days around Easter and even for lent, eating only once a day. 

Today you can chose to fast, and have one meal once the sun has set, but most of will chose to give up one item that they see as being a hinderance to themselves or harmful, or just a good idea to give up, things like chocolate, or soft drink, or facebook.

This year I am giving up chocolate.

Yes chocolate, I have eaten so indulgently of chocolate in the last year and a half and it has to stop! It takes 30 days to make a habit so hopefully 40 days will help develop a healthy relationship with chocolate and I can find something else to snack on.

Something I've started thinking of lately as well is the decision to pick something up during lent as well as giving something up.

So I am deciding to give up and hr of my time each day, half an hr to a walk, of any kind of any pace, just to be outside and walking, and a half hr to reading my bible. Something I have always struggled with and forget how much I learn from the bible!

Lent is about remembering, and being thankful. I have so much, and others have so little, life is precious and the items in this world we feel is important are really not. 

Because we need to remember that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. 

Linking up with A Parenting Life for Thankful Thursday


  1. I am thankful for waking up each and every day...

  2. I love the idea of taking up something as well as giving up something. It makes sense to replace one thing with something that honours your body and mind and to create a new healthier habit. My 9 yr old has given up Lollies for Lent... after she double-checked and counted the calendar to be sure it would be over before Easter morning.

  3. Good luck to you, I have often thought about giving up something for lent but do not have the will power!! I really wish I did.

  4. Our Parish Priest is big on the idea that Lent is about preparation and reflection, and that as such, it's more about what we DO than what we DON'T do, and I really like that idea. My girls have each made a Lenten promise, my Sienna is also giving up chocolate so I felt like the worst mother in the world when I forgot and baked chocolate cake for afternoon tea!

  5. Good luck with letting go of your chocolate. You should see good results from this and then the added walking. Well done on your wise choices.

  6. Nice work Kate, those are all good things. Perhaps you should use your half an hour a day to start training for the Mother's Day Classic that you said you'd do with me ;)

  7. go you for giving up chocolate. I am always in awe of people who have that kind of commitment. Wishing you well on your journey. Thanks so much for joining in with #thankfulthursday so sorry for only getting here now, been a tough few days in our house.

  8. I was hoping to give up grains for lent this year, but is snuck up on my very quick and I feel ill prepared. Oh well! I've still got time. It is the trying and betterment that is meant to make us more Christ like, so I will continue to try and get better.

  9. Thanks all, it's been great encouragement! hope all your lent's plans are going well!!


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