If you are Catholic like me (or Christian), you are probably well aware of the fact that the Lenten season begins today. You may even be walking around with a dark ashy spot on your forehead.
Have you thought about what you are giving up for Lent? It can be a tough decision so I am here to help you and provide some gentle, yet wise, guidance.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Give up dieting. You know you really wanted to start that diet to prepare for spring. But go without. Really test yourself and put that diet off until AFTER Lent. It will be difficult...but you can do it.
2. Don't wash dishes for the entire Lenten season. Most people LOVE clean dishes. This will really be a tough one. Show God your commitment. Use all paper plates and plastic utensils. Not having dishes to do will be an adjustment. It's only temporary...so have faith that you will get through just fine.
3. Stop wasting water and only shower 2 to 3 times a week. You may already do this if you have children. But if you are accustomed to the luxury of a daily shower, give it up. Make this your Lenten sacrifice. Note: Invest in extra deodorant and perfume.
4. Pledge to stimulate the economy during Lent. This may mean increased trips to Target or logging additional hours with the tiresome task of online shopping. When the tough gets going, know that you are helping your country get back on track.
5. The next one is a really difficult one, however it will help not only YOU but also your children. Give up Nick Jr*. Tell the kids that you are all in this together. It will be extremely hard on you...as you may experience withdrawal over missing your fave characters such as Max and Ruby or Dora.
*You may substitute this with Disney Jr or Sprout. Whatever works best for YOUR family.
6. Vow to spend more quality time with your children on the weekends by giving up weekend cleaning. I know you will want to wake up bright and early on a Saturday and get to scrubbing those floors. However, think of how this sacrifice pays off in the long run.
I truly hope these ideas have inspired you.
Best of luck to all during this Lenten season!