Friday, February 6, 2015

7 Things We're Doing Differently This Lent



Lent - it fast approacheth.  (Ash Wednesday is February 18th this year).  Here are seven things we're doing differently as a family this year.


~1~

No Netflix.
Yep, no Netflix. You read that right. (or Amazon Prime, or Hulu, or DVD's, you get the idea*).  We got this idea from our amazing priest, who mentioned in a sermon that he gives up Netflix every year for Lent! I think it will be so good for our kids, not to mention me!

~2~

No Social Media Apps on my Phone 
During Lent, I'm deleting the Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter Apps from my phone. I'm going unplugged as much as I can. I will still be blogging, but I want to rid myself of the temptation to get lost in social media on my phone throughout the day.

~3~

Less meat.
We're definitely doing no meat on Fridays, and many more vegetarian meals. As converts, we've been terrible at remembering the no-meat Fridays rule. (I know! It makes me sad). This year, to help us remember, we're going to make it a focus for all of Lent to enjoy the produce section a whole lot more than usual. We all love veggies, beans, and rice, so I think I'm actually really looking forward to this one.

~4~

Less Sugar.
It seems like, between potty training and birthdays, we always have some kind of sweet snack on hand. I want to give up chocolate completely (my weakness) and just generally buy less sugary things- that goes for cereal, snacks, and desserts. We won't be giving up dessert or sugar completely, because I like the taste better than honey and agave, but we're going to focus on incorporating more whole grains, fruits, and protein-rich foods this Lent.

~5~

Less Caffeine.
I'm pregnant, which means I'm already drinking half-caff coffee every morning. I'm going to try to switch to tea as much as I can, and Stephen and I are both getting off the caffeine-addiction wagon of needing some form of caffeine in the afternoon to keep going strong.

~6~

More Prayer.
I want to incorporate a Lenten novena, and perhaps a few other novenas, into my prayer diet. I want to memorize the prayers in my To-Memorize Journal. I want to consistently pray the Liturgy of the Hours everyday. I have been terrible at remembering to pray novenas, so I'm looking forward to this one too.

~7~

More Confession and More Daily Mass.
I want to try to go to the Lenten Confession service, as well as attempt Confession several times more than usual. I also want to attend Daily Mass a few more times than I normally do during this year's Lent.

Don't forget that Sundays during Lent are a day of rest. We might indulge in a little tiny bit of Netflix and chocolate on Sundays!! We'll see you on the flip side... Easter, that is. I'll let you know how it's going along the way.

*We don't own a TV. This also includes youtube videos!
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And now... let's pretend I'm not 3 weeks late to the Rabbits Discussion game... and I'll link to my post at ACWB. I have deep thoughts about Pope Francis and the Rabbits....

Joining my voice to Kelly and all the other lovely people there today.


3 comments:

Laura {a spoonful of joy} said...

This post definitely got the wheels turning in my head... I haven't put much thought into Lent yet but considering Ash Wednesday is less than two weeks away I need to!

I really like (dislike ;) your idea of giving up Netflix! We have a TV but no cable so it would be a big sacrifice but a good one.

Rhonda Ortiz said...

A good and hefty list!!! I'm in an Lenten frame of mind already, myself. Lent couldn't come soon enough....

Tacy said...

Laura- I wasn't on board with the no Netflix when my priest first mentioned it. But I'm thinking six weeks of anything is possible!

Rhonda- I always love your Lenten ideas. I remember your post from last year!