Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday Ramblings

Another Wednesday is upon us but this is not just any Wednesday.  It’s Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday marks the first day in the season of Lent.  Lent is a 40-day period of fasting to prepare for the death and resurrection of Jesus.  (If you want to know more about Lent, click here.)

I have made efforts in the past to celebrate Lent by going without luxuries or food/drink that I enjoy.  I grew up in a Christian home and while I am not Catholic, giving up something for lent is something that my friends and I always did.  We probably weren’t doing it for all the right reasons, but we did it nonetheless.

In the recent years, I have come to understand more of what it means to fast from something.  I have not necessarily fasted from anything recently but strive to just live a more whole life.  I strive to make giving and serving a habit.  I look for new energy for eating healthy and having a good workout regimen.

I found this quote on Pinterest yesterday and just found it to be so fitting for me right now.  I have been finding myself so anxious and stressed lately and I am fervently praying that this Lenten season I can let go and focus on things that really matter.  I find this quote the perfect inspiration to live well!

Kim of At Home with Kim posted this Scripture passage yesterday, along with an awesome post concerning Lent.  I couldn’t help but be drawn to these words.  If you have any interest in reading more, I encourage you to check out her post.

So, what about you?  Do you celebrate Lent?  Do you fast from anything?  What do you do to live well?


17 Responses to “Wednesday Ramblings”

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    Bev Weidner — February 22, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    I dunno what to give up! I never do. Because if I do, I’ll just fail.

    Maybe I’ll give up trying to give up something. OH I LIKE IT.

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — February 22, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    I always gave something up for Lent in the past as well. This year I realized maybe it isn’t about giving up cheese or soda, maybe it should be about doing something to make your life better. Instead of giving something up I decided to go to church every weekend. I think that will di a lot more for me and plus I still get to enjoy a soda or cheese whenever I want. : )

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    DessertForTwo — February 22, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Love this 🙂

    I think I’m going to give up fancy food. Things like imported cheeses, store-bought artisan bread, etc. I have this idea to only spend $50/week on groceries for two, but I don’t know if it will work. I spent $65 last week.


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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 22, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    What a great set of values to maintain every week and a smart way to set your mind in the right direction. You’re an inspiration, Cassie! Keep thinking postively and recognizing every day as a new opportunity.

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — February 22, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    This is such an inspiring post, thank you! I grew up in a Christian home as my step father is a minister. I wasn’t raised Catholic so I never gave up anything but I always found the Lental to be a time to focus and reflect on life goals.

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 22, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    I actually don’t celebrate lent, but I’m going to do it this year. I agree with you in just wanting a more whole, happier life and I think giving up some of the things we’ve become so used to (whether they are good or bad) can be comforting.

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — February 22, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    Cassie, what a lovely post. I gave up TV for lent once, and it was really difficult but it also reminded me that I need to re-prioritize my life and how I spend my time.

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    Jennifer Eloff — February 22, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    Fasting makes prayer more focused and clears the mind so that one can more readily hear from the Lord.

    Blessings to you! 🙂

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    Liz — February 22, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    As Catholics, we’re often encouraged to do something that might make a positive impact more than giving up anything for Lent. But I still like to give something up…my youngest gave up sweets and I gave up cookie dough 🙂

    LOVE the quote.

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    Ann — February 22, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    I have given up a lot of food related things over the years, but I found the most fulfilling lenten seasons is when I ADDED things! Prayer, charity, volunteering – it made a bigger impact.

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    Baking Serendipity — February 22, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    This year, my husband and I both gave up something (frozen yogurt for me) and resolved to pray more, especially before meals. I like the balance of give up and add in. I also love that first quote and your response to it. I can definitely relate to the overwhelmed/stress feeling lately and the need for a reminder to slow down and relax more. Thank you 🙂

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    Steve @ the black peppercorn — February 23, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    Being a pastor for the last 15 years, I have often encouraged people in the churches where I have served to understand and observe the season of Lent. Personally, I have given up different things (TV, Internet, Coffee, etc) – They have all been meaningful times to reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for me.

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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — February 23, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    Love this so much!!!

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    nicole {sweet peony} — February 23, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    I’m Catholic and still think that I gave up things at Lent for the wrong reason. I’m sure that growing up helps you understand the real meaning. I’ve grown to realize I don’t want to give up things, per say, but just try to better my life and be a better person. I absolutely love that quote and will try to live by that this Lent. 🙂

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    Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog} — February 23, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    I’ve never participated I lent but have always found it quite interesting! I think I would fail very miserably at it ;-). I live wel but taking care of my body and lifestyle. Healthy food, lots of laughter and surrounded by great people!! 🙂

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    Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog} — February 23, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    I’ve never participated In lent but have always found it quite interesting! I think I would fail very miserably at it ;-). I live wel but taking care of my body and lifestyle. Healthy food, lots of laughter and surrounded by great people!! 🙂

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — February 28, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

    I do celebrate Lent – and I always try to give up something that will be a challenge for me, to remind me of why I sacrifice in the first place. Although someone left a post on Facebook when I asked if anyone was giving up something that they add something rather than give up – she and her friends get together during Lent and do extra charity work as a sacrifice of their time and to build something positive. I love this idea and will definitely keep it in mind for the future!

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