Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I'm Baptist. We don't do Lent.

I believe, as a born-again Christian, that Christ has already paid the ultimate sacrifice for me: dying on the cross for my sins and rising again three days later. 

That said, I don't feel like I need to give up something for Lent as a form of penitence. 

At our church, we believe that it giving up something for Lent a personal choice: if you want to give something up, do. But it needs to be something that you really love that will be taken away from your life to help you focus more on Jesus. Something that helps you prepare your heart for the Easter season. 

Lent is 40 days: from Ash Wednesday (today) to Easter Sunday. 

Again, I'm Baptist, so we don't go to church on Ash Wednesday and get a cross on our forehead. Our church is, however, having a service tonight to again, prepare our hearts for the Easter season. 

So, all of that said, here's what I'm giving up: 

Yep, wine. Vino. Vin. Wijn. 

If you know me personally, you know how much I love wine. I have a glass {or two} every night. 

So giving this up really is something that is difficult for me, but I'm hoping that by so doing, I will grow closer to Christ and prepare my heart to celebrate His triumph over sin. 

It's not going to be easy; I have a lot of temptations in March: weddings, out-of-town trips, Brandon's work conference in Nashville...the list goes on and on. And April? My 25th birthday is the day before Easter. 

But I keep reminding myself: Jesus wandered in the desert and fasted for 40 days and 40 nights and was very much tempted by Satan; and in turn, grew closer to His father, God. If He can do that, I can give up wine for 40 days. 

{For the record, I haven't had any wine since Friday, so I've actually already begun, but you get the picture.}

What are you giving up for Lent, if anything?

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