Happy Ash Wednesday everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed the fattiness of Fat Tuesday. As for me, I had a few cocktails, some cheese fries, buffalo wings, and calamari. Yum and yum! But alas, today begins Lent and here is where it gets serious.
I won’t go into Lent details about what it is and what it signifies because that’s not the purpose of this post. Lent, for the most part though, is about one word, sacrifice. Every year you sacrifice something for the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.
This year, I have chosen to give up all junk foods, which is a lofty feat for me in itself but I have also chosen to give up social media (specifically Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, GetGlue, etc.) but not blogging. That I will continue to do. This will be tough because all the mentioned social media outlets have become fixtures in my life. Pretty much anytime I’m using my PC, laptop, or smartphone, Tweetdeck and Facebook are in the background. I also use Twitter often to stay in the know so part of me feels like I’ll be out of the loop on what’s going on in the world. We made it without it and we still got our news somehow so life will go on.
One thing I will value about this time away from social media is that it will create time that I should have set aside daily long ago for me to be closer to God. I will use this time to begin a daily commitment to reading the Bible until I have completed it in its entirety. The first go round will be more of a leisurely run through and I’d like to get it done in about 4 months. The second reading, I’ll aim for about 6 months to a year. The second time will be more for study and really taking my time with finishing the Word.
These first 2 weeks will be the most crucial because of my diet restrictions, and also the newness of these sacrifices. There will be a lot of prayer for added strength from the Lord as well as determination and perseverance. That aspect of it excites me because I tend to feel closest to God when I’m out of my comfort zone. It makes me rely on Him and call on Him more as I should always be doing.
And so it shall begin. I should also be blogging more regularly now as well. I have a lot I’ve been putting off saying but with four blogs, I also can spread myself thin. I think what I’ll do is reblog some of my other blogs here for one central location, but we’ll see because then there will be a bunch of doubles posting to Facebook, etc. We’ll see…it will all be figured in the end.
And on that note….I’m late with it but time to get my first meal of the day in! Some bananas, grapes and Green Smoothie Naked juice!
TTYL everyone and to everyone else participating in Lent, good luck!
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