Lent and Sacrifice; What is in it for You? Just How Strong are You?

For those who truly know me you know Lent matters to me. I am not catholic but I have always felt that if God could give His only son for me then there is always something I can sacrifice for Him. In order for it to be a sacrifice it has to really mean something to me. So Ash Wednesday is the start date and that is the 17th of February. I ask that you begin today thinking of what you can either give up and take on to do that would really mean something for God in your life.

My first Lent that I observed was 11 years ago. I gave up my Diet Coke which I was addicted too, drinking nearly three liters a day. I had given up my number one beverage before, but this time I gave it to God and I attribute very little withdrawls this last time to that very fact it was now God's. And after about 18 days into this 40 days I realized if I could go without it for that long I could go without it forever. I haven't had a drop since because honestly I didn't need something to control me and have anything over my life. I needed to be in control of it. I needed to have authority over it. I also was not going to take back something I have given to God.

Another time I went on the Daniel Fast. It is twenty days and before that time came I realized I could do it for a full 40. Its amazing what God will do in the midst of such times of true observation. This year I have begun a bit earlier and will probably just extend on, but I am focusing on true cleansing of my body. After such a difficult year I need to be ready to take on what is next for me in God's plans for my life. How about you? It would be so wonderful if those of you would share your thoughts as well. It not only encourages me but, it encourages so many others as well.

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