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Comments on: Why I Am Going to Observe Lent This Year http://hornes.org/2009/02/why-i-am-going-to-observe-lent-this-year/ Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:12 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Jennifer http://hornes.org/2009/02/why-i-am-going-to-observe-lent-this-year/#comment-2118 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 17:54:47 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/?p=1396#comment-2118 I am also giving up sweets for lent. Even the first day was hard. I am not giving up fruit, so that is a substitute of sorts. While that may sound like something of a cop-out, I have to say it takes some real thinking on my part to eat an apple when I feel like cookies. So those times I have to think about what to do rather than eat cookies or ice cream, I will pray and praise God for His grace in my life and the fact that giving up sweets feels like a sacrifice–even though it is really a blessing to have access to something that used to be a luxury.

By: Kristi http://hornes.org/2009/02/why-i-am-going-to-observe-lent-this-year/#comment-2117 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:13:33 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/?p=1396#comment-2117 I love it. Thanks for talking about your “nasty habit” — and your willingness to let it go for the good the Lord has for you in trusting him instead. My nasty habit is different, but I agree with all of your thoughts on this.

I grew up in the Episcopal Church and always observed Lent (even before I was a Christian!). I haven’t done much the last few years and have missed it — to fast and repent during Lent prepares me to feast and celebrate Jesus’ resurrection come Easter — so I’m doing it this year.

I’ve been turning to sugar a lot lately for comfort, stress relief, self-indulgence, whatever, which I know isn’t the healthiest thing for my baby and me, so I’ve given up sweets for Lent. I’m a little nervous about it — I have serious doubts about my self-control! — so I’m praying for the Lord to strengthen me in that area. I really want to teach my children to be self-controlled and moderate and to rely on God’s provision rather than to “treat” ourselves, so I have to do it first!

thanks, Tricia!