Before today I have never given Lent much thought...I mean I am not Catholic. But this afternoon I was prompted and was giving thought to what I should give up for Lent this year. See all I really knew about Lent before tonight was that you gave something up for a while before Easter. So I decided to do some "research" - first I was surprised to find out it starts TOMORROW, second I have no idea that Mardi Gras had anything to do with Lent and third I was prompted to give up bread, rice, and crackers (grains).....My mind was racing...what in the heck am I going to eat - this is CRAZY! I can not give up bread!?!?!?!
Then I did the questioning of myself.....does it make me crazy to want to observe Lent when I am not Catholic. Of course the first thing I did was text Mel - and she assured me that I was not crazy and she too is observing. I told her I was giving up bread (I was only going half in) - Mel responded that she was giving up grains...OH CRAP!!! I was caught in my half hearted attempt and reminded that bread was not all I was prompted to do.......We have agreed to give up grains together for Lent this year....yep you read that right GRAINS. Oh my...
But see, my desire and my want is to follow when led by the Holy Spirit - I was prompted to give up grains...even though that is the LAST thing I would have picked for myself. I am being led to observe Lent to make a small sacrifice in remembrance of the HUGE sacrifice Jesus made for me, His sacrifice was not half hearted, He went all in so that we all could be saved - so I am giving up grains February 22nd to April 5th to honor and remember what Jesus did for me and for you!!!
Now.....off to eat a few grains before midnight! haha :)
Much Love friends!!