Lent 2015

Mormons don’t participate in Lent as a religion, but I feel that as part of my spiritual journey I will take part in it this year. I have been researching it to make sure that I do it correctly and respectively.

Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.

During Lent, people give up certain luxuries as a form of penitence and replace them with more spiritual disciplines that draw them closer to God (prayer, scripture, etc.).

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (or Clean Monday for some Catholics) and ends on Easter Sunday. There are 6 Sundays of fasting and also a few feast days. Here is a timeline I found of the days of Lent:

  • First Sunday of Lent (Sunday, February 22, 2015)
  • Second Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 1, 2015)
  • Feast of Saint Patrick (Tuesday, March 17, 2015)
  • Feast of Saint Joseph (Thursday, March 19, 2015)
  • Third Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 8, 2015)
  • Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday) (Sunday, March 22, 2015)
  • Easter (Sunday, April 5, 2015)

 

Things I am GIVING UP for Lent:

I was going to give up the internet completely, but I’m working on getting my Etsy shop up and running so that’s not going to work. I had then decided to just cut out certain websites, but all the websites I go on are ones I need to advertise my shop on. In the end I just decided to give up these 3 things. I think that abstaining from these during Lent will definitely make an impact and help me reach my spiritual goals.:

  1. Netflix & Hulu-Completely (this one will be hard because this is mostly all I do at work).
  2. Sugar-I had planned on giving this up anyway, why not do it for Lent?
  3. Frivolous spending-I’m going to stick to a strict budget of only buying the necessities.

Things I will be ADDING for Lent:

  1. Scripture reading: At least 1 chapter a day.
  2. Prayer: Twice daily (Right now it’s only been once).
  3. Meditation: Once a day.
  4. Journal: Once a day.
  5. Reading: One good/positive book a week (as an avid reader this is a doable goal. Especially if I’m cutting internet).
  6. Water: Eight glasses a day.

Also, Lent begins on a New Moon which I think is perfect for new beginnings.

What are you giving up for Lent?