I'm not Catholic, so never "Lented" when I was a youngster. Not until 4 years ago, did I have the discipline to do ANYTHING for 40 days!!!! #2 son had been sent off - by the law, mind you, not us. But, it was all meant for good - as most things are. It's hard to accept while IN it; but God knew I needed a break.
While driving that son to court, "Jesus Take the Wheel" came screaming on the radio. No coincidence there.
The next morning was the first day of Lent. Hhhhmmmmm.....it was the first morning in oh, say 10 years that I had NO stress - aka #2 son. Don't get me wrong, I loved my boy. Unabashedly, unequivocally. Speaking of "uns" - I was undone at this point, so much so, that a son sent away was acceptable. God granted me the grace and peace to accept it. And on top of that, I felt He was sending me to boot camp. One of His design. Lent. 40 days. Obedience had NEVER been in my vocab. "Lord, help me" had new meaning.
I was a closet candy consumer. A sugar freak of no discernment. It didn't matter if my fix was a fishbowl of M&Ms or the finest chocolates from Switzerland. (Man, THAT was the wrong gift my brother brought one Christmas!!!). I "met" a blogger yesterday, Clover Lane, who tells of her Lenten resolutions. She's giving up the old sugar habit too. I want her to know it CAN be done. I've been sugar-free for 4 years now. It is such a miraculous breakthrough for me that it had to be a God-thing. I've had a statement of Beth Moore's taped to my daytimer since 2001: "If you are about to do something so far out of the ordinary, that you could not do it without God, then it has God written all over it." I focused on this back in '01 when I had to speak in public. I think it applies to Lenten resolves too.
Wonder if Beth's mantra can help me this year? My DVR schedule is full. I spend too much time (wasting) my nights. I'm going to give it a go - give up TV for 40 days. If I say it here, out loud, I might manage...due to guilt. I know - guilt is not of God. Remember, obedience & Vava don't mix well. If you pray, please pray for me (and Clover Lane). I hope to spend more time reading, organizing, paying attention to what HE wants me to do.
(I'll let you know how I do and whether I decide to erase all the recorded shows...)