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What are you giving up for Lent?


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#1 AK2

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:34 AM

I've been challenged by my bible study group to give up something for Lent (and use that time/money to reflect on God).

Normally I'm okay with all of this, but I just can't think of anything this year. I joked about giving up changing nappies and with all the time I saved, I could do some pretty amazing stuff tongue.gif

Seriously though, any ideas? Please share what you are considering doing this year or what you have done in the past

#2 Monica

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:47 AM

How about cheeseburgers Amy?
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:57 AM

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#4 AK2

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 03:47 PM

One year I gave up kissing- I was engaged to my husband at the time, and it was harder to stay 'pure'......so we gave up making out, and spent that time in reflection instead.

Monica, I love your cheeseburger idea. Do I have the self will? tongue.gif

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 03:49 PM

Well it's got to be something you find difficult so I'd say there is your answer, no point otherwise
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:03 PM

Do you have to give up something - could you do something instead.

Challenge yourself to read the Bible everyday for half hour, one book, 5 chapters something like that.


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Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:13 PM

It's going to have to be chocolate. Ever since I got pregnant with Imogen, I've been chocolate crazy and it HAS to stop before I start looking pregnant again.

I gave up chocolate for Lent once a few years ago and to be frank it was harder than the year I gave up coffee laugh.gif

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:19 PM

Last year I gave up soft drink and went into rapid detox. I had the shakes at work , my workmates hid under their desks laughing. biggrin.gif

I am giving up magazines, but I also want to give up something more substantial, however being pregnant, I am not sure if I can give up chocolate .
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 08:00 PM

Soft drink - i did it a couple of years ago & i felt much better after not having it for 6 weeks.

I gave up cheezels one year too....instead of easter eggs, i got boxes of cheezels for easter.

In other years i've given up chocolate biscuits, alcohol, & one year i went vegetarian over lent.


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Posted 03 February 2010 - 08:25 PM

I think giving up alcohol would be a good one for me. I'm not really a chocolate person and there is nothing else that I can think of that would actually be a sacrifice (I sound like a complete alco now laugh.gif )

I gave up facebook 2 years ago when I was addicted to it but I can't for the life of me remember what I gave up last year.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 06:31 PM

You don't have to give up anything. You could do something instead of giving up something. Instead of giving something up I have decided to give more of myself to my husband, be nicer, more attentive, more caring, do more things for him and generally make a conscious effort to be a better wife. I can tell you now that it's much easier to give up tea or junk food. What I'm doing feels so much more meaningful. I am not doing this specifically for lent, though.

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 09:22 PM

Our minister once encouraged us rather than to give up a material 'thing', to give up a habit, or something you do that isn't contributing to your relationship with God etc.

So, consciously work being really patient with your spouse/children, for example.

I really liked the idea, I found it was way more meaningful, and also contributed towards a better relationship in the long-run smile.gif
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 09:03 AM

I ramped it up, because I know if I give up chocolate alone I'll just switch to something else. So it's no junk at all for Lent.

I somehow doubt that stuffing my face with Caramello Koalas improves my relationship with God (or anyone else except Cadburys, for that matter).

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 10:22 AM

Last year I gave up Chocolate and buying my weekly trash magazine. After Lent I didn't feel the need to buy the magazine anymore, of course the chocolate was too hard to resist. smile.gif
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Posted 22 February 2011 - 10:25 AM

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