The Easter season has always been my favorite.
I don't know if it's because it's close to my birthday or just the time of year that it is, but it's my favorite. When all the other kids would say their favorite holiday was Christmas, I was always the weird girl that said Easter.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season as well as the first day of Lent.
Last year, I had a conversation with some family members about what Lent actually was. I was able to give my opinion which boils down to this: it's a time period that causes us to grow closer to God as we reflect the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made through his death and the gift we now have as the result of his resurrection.
(Here is an explanation that comes from people who are more educated about it than I am.)
I get frustrated when people use it as a diet plan or do use it as a way to be self-serving.
I have never done very well at observing Lent.
Every year (at least the past 5 or so), I spend time praying and seeking trying to figure out exactly what the Lord would have me sacrifice for the next 40 days. More often then not, it ends up being some form of social media.
Honestly, I normally make it about a week and then fall on my face miserably. Then, the guilt sets in, and I feel terrible. I ask the Lord for forgiveness, and try to keep on going. Once that initial discrepancy happens, it's easier to justify doing it again.
I never, ever do well. Ever.
This year I decided to do it a little differently. I decided to add something as well as take something away.
Over the next 40 days, I will give up Pinterest.
This first day has already been difficult. Deleting the app off of my phone may have caused me to cry a little bit. I am always on Pinterest looking up crochet patterns and inspirational quotes. I also enjoy the humor category on a nightly basis.
What am I adding?
My plan over the next forty days is to really dig-in to my devotions. I have never done well at doing it on a daily basis. It's easy to not do it in the morning because I get up so early, but no more. I will get up earlier to read in the morning as well as read before I go to bed every night.
I am looking forward to what the next 40 days brings. Hopefully, since I have made a public declaration about my intention I will follow through with my commitment.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7, ESV)