What are you giving up for Lent?

Chocolate Cake
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I’ve been thinking about Lent for a few weeks now, and I’m trying to come up with a plan. A plan to “fast” in remembrance of my Lord.

In the past I’ve given up Coke, and the absolute hardest thing I’ve ever given up was chocolate! It was so hard, because I was addicted. I don’t say that lightly either.

This year Lent means something more for me. This year I plan to give up Depression. Yeah, I know! You can’t just turn off Depression.

The source of Depression is stress. When you remove stress, depression will leave, right? Okay, work with me here.

So one of my stressors is money. Money is one of those things we all stress out about. So my husband and I are working on this together. We are working with Mvelopes.com for a budget to cut out the fat! I’m also working from home to increase our income. Its funny how you have to spend money to make money, but I’m working on a way to fund that too!

Counting my Joy daily.

If you haven’t read this book “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are“, then I highly recommend that you get it NOW! lol! I have never felt so ungrateful for everything in my life. But I’m making a vow to God that I am going to find Joy in my every day life. Finding Joy every day of our lives is so important. If we can’t look at our children’s smiles and thank God for them, or even for the dirty dishes…then we are going to reap the stress and depression that comes with not being grateful to God who gives us everything.

So you have never celebrated Lent?

One of the things that Lent does, is brings you much closer to Him. Every time you start to crave a piece of chocolate, say a prayer. Ask for strength to resist the temptation. Thank Him for giving you strength. When you pray 10 times the first day over a piece of chocolate, guess what happens? You get closer to God! It’s really that simple.

On day 15 when you are invited to a party where they have the most amazing brownies, what do you do? You pray for strength! You politely say no thanks to the hostess and grab a bottle of water instead. Then guess what? You get a little stronger in your faith that God can get you through this season!

Wait, we forgot about Easter parties! Think of all the chocolate that you may buy for your kids! Oh wow! I remember getting out bags of my favorite chocolate candy that night. I wanted a piece, but I knew that I could wait. After weeks of nothing chocolate passing my lips, I prayed. It was so easy, because God and me…we got close! Closer than I was months before! Yep, chocolate brought us together! ha! I would have never thought that.

On Easter morning I did eat a piece of chocolate, and I didn’t even enjoy it. I cheered with God! I broke through my chains of bondage and stepped out to grow my faith and my relationship in Him!

“You can do all things through Christ”

Join me in this time of Lent this year starting on Ash Wednesday February 22 and ending on Easter Sunday April 7th. I want to celebrate with you on Easter as we realize that we have broken those chains of bondage, are you with me?

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