40 days and 40 nights

How many of you are Catholic? Or raised Catholic, like me? How many of you are Lutheran, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, or Methodist? Or raised in one of those religions? Well if you fall into one of these categories you will know that today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

For those of you who don’t know what that is you can read up on here if you’re interested.

I was raised with a heavy Catholic influence from my grandparents so these next 46 days remind me of funny memories with my grandma, the feeling of hope, memories of going to church with my grandparents, Palm Sunday, Ash Wednesday, fasting, and learning about God’s grace as a child.

I don’t want to get too religious on this post I just wanted to share one of my good memories and tell you what I’m going to give up for Lent.

So my favorite memory that involves Lent is always discussing what we are going to give up. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about go to that link up there and listen to the video, it explains it all) My grandparents are very religious and made sure my brother and I grew up going to Catechism, getting our First Holy Communion, and in my case my Confirmation. Anyway, whenever Lent came around my grandma would always tell us she was giving up yogurt. Which at first I never understood why that was such a sacrifice. But then I learned that she doesn’t even like yogurt! She would always tell me she was giving up yogurt and seem like an angel not even being tempted to eat it! Ahaha She would give something up that was a true sacrifice but she always made this joke. When I realized what today was it made me think of yogurt and I just had to laugh.

I do not go to church anymore, though I would like to find a church that fits me and our boys, but I still enjoy the Easter season, Lent, Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday because of the hope and love that surround the whole season. So I have decided to give up swearing for Lent this year (even in my writing). This is something that will be difficult for me because it’s almost like second nature and sometimes I don’t even think about it. I let it slip around Cash even; that’s part of why I want to try. It’s not only a sacrifice but it’s better for my children if they don’t hear me cursing.

I am feeling a little nostalgic today and kind of sad that I won’t be participating in Ash Wednesday but I don’t feel like it’s appropriate. I haven’t been active in a church for so long that it seems silly to go just because it’s Ash Wednesday.

So for those of you that participate in Lent in any way, I want to wish you a happy Ash Wednesday and I hope you enjoy the season. ❤

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