Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Did you know Mardi Gras has a purpose? Did you know the term Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, because it is the last day for feasting before the Lenten fast begins?

So, How should we Practice Lent??

We should view the season of Lent as an opportunity to reflect on the significance of Christ’s death, examine our hearts, and confess our sins. It can be a time of spiritual cleansing and renewal. It is not a “law” that we must follow, and there is a great variety of practices that we can try out. Based on the historic practice of Lent, try doing something in each of these three categories:
  • Fasting
    Give up something for God. Fasting is not a means to “earn” something from God, but rather a way to learn to curb your appetites and focus more completely on God. There are many varieties of fasting, and I do not have the space to discuss this important topic here.
  • Prayer and Meditation
    Read over the Gospel accounts of Christ’s arrest, trial, and crucifixion. Reflect on His suffering, and the tremendous love that it represents. Reflect on your own sin and what it cost Him. Take out some time for prayers of confession and repentance. Do some spiritual “house cleaning.”
  • Giving to the poor
    Use the money that you save by not eating to help the poor. Consider doing some volunteer work. How can you show the love of Christ to others?

Cullen and I are both giving up fried foods, an indulgent for both of us. So, blog readers: What are you giving up for God??


  1. I love lent. Fried foods is difficult for me because of tortilla chips at Mexican Food restaurants! Let us know how it goes:)

  2. I just want you to know that I love you. I'm so so thankful for you!!!

  3. Binge drinking. Binge drinking is what I'm giving up for lent. By definition to binge drink is to consume more than 2-3 drinks for a woman and 3-4 drinks for a man. To make it simpler, I have chosen two and will not be having more than that on any one day. This being the first weekend of Lent, I must tell you, this proved to be quite the challenge. Also, the "peer pressure" you hear so much about in middle and high school was NOTHING compared to what I'm encountering now at the age of 24 out in the real world. Yikes! I love you and I will see you and the Hub in less than TWO weeks!