No Cookies, Cake, or Pie
- I'm not Catholic, and this is my first time observing Lent; these three things are usually my downfall to eating more nutritious food (and I'm a grandma!!!). I feel this is a small sacrifice considering the meaning of the event. I pray that we are all steadfast and successful.
- —Guest gloria
What We're Giving Up for Lent
- Bill is giving up deserts—quite a sacrifice for him. I am giving up chocolate, to which I am quite addicted. We are giving the money we would have spent on these things plus the meat on Friday, etc., to a place that cares for the poor and homeless.
- —Guest Bill and Lynn Baird
Foul Language and Meat
- I haven't followed Lent for many years; I have countless blessing from God, and I will give it my all to succeed and make a small sacrifice in comparison to the many blessings I have received.
- —Guest tanya- cherry hill
Bye, Bye Facebook
- I've given up Facebook, cursing, and negativity. I want to stop allowing myself to be angry and choose to be positive and happy—all with the grace of God.
- —Guest Laura
Working on Self-Denial
- True self-denial is hard for me. Even amidst the fasting of Lent, I've always looked for a way to cheat. I am trying visualize Christ on the Cross and all the self-denial that took. My main goal is to keep to two small meals and one normal meal. I will be praying for others I've read about here who are trying to take control of something, be it alcohol, cursing, etc. May we all reap enormous spiritual blessings from this holy season.
- —Guest Autumn
- I am giving up all forms of alcohol this Lent. I am an every-weekend drinker, and every time I go out to dinner with my wife I must have a beer. My wife has decided to join me, and I appreciate her support. I know it will be hard, so I need all the help I can get.
- —Guest marlon b
Diet Dr. Pepper
- I am giving up soda pop (diet Dr. Pepper). I will also try to read from the Bible and concentrate on the meaning of the passage.
- —Guest Linda
- Giving up processed bread and practicing patience by learning to bake some. I'm also working extra hard at softening my response when I am angry.
- —Guest Jennifer
- I am giving up sweets in the spirit of Lent. Rarely do I go 24 hours without something sweet.
- —Guest d
- I am going to give up cursing. I have done this my entire adult life and feel I should be able to control my language at all times. It is not very becoming either, as I look at other woman who do it, too. I am also committing to reading my About.com Catholicism page every day before I begin my work day. I am praying for God to help me achieve both these LIFE LONG goals.
- —Guest Christine
Bad Attitude and Sweets
- While I try to say I am positive most the time, I still find myself making smart remarks or talking negative about others from time to time. So I am going to be positive, pray more, and try to be a better role model for my son during Lent and hopefully forever. And, yeah, all those sweet snacks? Gone . . .
It's Hard Being Good Sometimes
- I'm giving up a bad lifestyle. I'm going to Confession Saturday for the first time in 38 years. I'm fasting sunrise to sunset—only water and coffee (because I need it).
- —Guest francis
What I Decided To Give Up for Lent 2010
- Well, I had a hard time to come up with one, since I have never completed a whole Lent and taken it as seriously as I am this year. I am a junior in college and wanting to do something for me. I decided to give up MySpace, Facebook, saying bad words, eating meat, and I will be a good daughter. I decided to do this because giving up MySpace and Facebook, as silly as it sounds, is really hard for me. I am so used to using them during homework, before and after I sleep, at night, etc. I also decided to not say bad words because I need to break that habit. I don't like it and I am trying to avoid that. I need to be a better daughter because I have observed myself, and I could be better. I want to be better, and I hope that through prayer and self-discipline, I can achieve this. Lastly, I have thought of becoming vegetarian and wanting to become more humble by avoiding meat. This way I can learn and value the struggles poor people go through.
- —Guest Chelylicious
- I am doing a traditional fast for the first time. I will abstain from eating any food from sunrise to sunset and just drink water all day.
- I am giving up all forms of alcohol. I enjoy a glass of wine with dinner and an occasional cocktail. I am also giving up all forms of sugar/sweets. I really love Kashi bars—in fact too much, so this is a good way to get control over eating too many. I will enjoy natural forms of sugar, from fruit and maybe honey—all things God created. I am also praying to, and reading more about, God. I want to hear HIS voice instead of my own.
- —Guest Kathleen