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Lent Season


It’s that time of the year again where those who gather for Lent give something up as our form of sacrifice. We devote to fasting on Fridays and abstinence to unnecessary cravings in our lives. I have given up Facebook in college which was an amazing experience! I wouldn’t be able to do that now with my business, but I should still restrain the “boredom” urges. There are SO many great ideas out there like donating clothes every week until Easter or limiting your time on social media or giving up ice cream! If you have NO idea what to do, just go to Pinterest and see their ideas! :)

I realized that I need to start treating my body better because after all, we are His masterpiece. For Lent this year, I decided to give up candy/desserts (ice cream, cake, brownies, cookies, pie, etc.), except for dark chocolate (since that’s healthy). It may be cliche … I get it because everyone wants to be healthier … but I REALLY need to restrain from these sweet urges every night. I am sick now for the second time in a month and I have to be 100% healthy for my wedding season. :) So this is a great place to start! It’s going to be hard, but I am going to have tea every night to resist the cravings. Really, sugar is an addiction and I’m ready for the battle. ;)

Stephanie Messick | Lent

Another side of Lent, you can choose to do something beneficial. That may be doing community service or whatever your heart desires for the better. I am going to take time every night to read my 21 day devotional prayer and fasting book called “Seek” by the Pursuit Community. I also really want to read Bob Goff’s “Love Does“. So many things I want to do but of course I know that once the Lent season ends doesn’t mean I should stop there. I want to create/continue great habits throughout this year and the years to come.

Do you have anything in particular that you are giving up for Lent? Would love to hear!!!

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