Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.

As I understand it, if you are Catholic and practicing Lent, on Sundays you get a break from your sacrifice.  I have decided that I am not going to do it this way.  On Sundays, Thursdays, Tuesdays and every other day, I am going to continue my devotion to avoiding my vices.  The way I see it, Jesus, hanging on the cross, did not say, “Ok this sucks.  Let me take 10 minutes and then I will come back up here.” If He didn’t get a break, either do I.

It is amazing to go through this Lenten journey alongside other people.  An important woman in my life told me today about what she is adding for Lent.  It was incredible to see her devotion.  No matter how religious you are, adding something to your life or taking something away for 40 days and nights is a great act of self control.  My hope is that it will become a habit.  If you do something for 21 days in a row, it is supposed to become something that you do all of the time, or if you quit something for 21 days in a row you are supposed to get rid of that habit.  While I am positive that on April 5th I will enjoy a popcorn breakfast, a Dorito lunch and nachos for dinner, I am hoping I do use food to handle emotions as much anymore.

I am excited to hopefully have a productive week.  I often get a case of the Mondays very quickly that lasts until the middle of Thursday.  This week is going to be different though.  This week I am focusing on God more than I have in awhile.  I am going to see Him in every aspect of my life and thank Him for His part in it.

*Quote by John F. Kennedy

2 thoughts on “Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.

  1. Hello my beautiful, wonderful daughter! Is taking a break on Sundays a Catholic thing, or just a silly, Mom and Dad thing? I really don’t know. Dad did use his Sunday have a few nachos day, today, but he really had very few compared to the usual, I noticed.
    I am enjoying not eating popcorn and chips, since my portion control goes right out the window where these things are concerned. Thanks for inspiring us to follow along with you in this journey.
    I read somewhere this week, that building willpower is like training a muscle. The latest research on how the brain works, is that the more you use willpower or self control, the stronger it gets…like a muscle.
    I hope to build up my self control muscle by using it more and more, and that’s my part.
    Pastor Tom said today, that there is no temptation too difficult for us to handle, and that God always provides a way out of the temptation. That’s God’s part. As I have given up many vices in my life, only because of God’s strength and healing power, I hope to also overcome the food issues I have. Apparently God will provide a way out of idolizing food, as I learn to rely on Him more and more.
    Thanks for allowing me to share with you on your blog. You are so inspirational and such a bright light in my life.

  2. FYI : Catholics DO NOT take a break from their Lenten promises. The point of giving up something is to improve yourself and become closer to GOd, so taking a break makes no sense.

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