Looking for something to give up for Lent?

March 16, 2014 in appreciation, Best of Both, positive thinking, prayer by MyBestofBothWorlds

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Looking for something to give up for Lent?

Give up resentment and become more forgiving
Give up hatred and return good for evil
Give up complaining and be more grateful
Give up pessimism and become more hopeful
Give up worry and become more trusting
Give up anger and become more patient
Give up pettiness and become more noble
Give up gloom and become more joyful
Give up doubt and turn to God.

photo credit Morguefile.ccom

photo credit Morguefile.ccom

It’s was the second Sunday of Lent yesterday, and I have to admit following the above isn’t as easy as it seems.  The first line is actually where I have gotten a bit hung up.  Giving up resentment and become more forgiving.  Some things are hard to forgive, especially when they’ve made a permanent mark on your life, changing its course.  So I’m working on it.

Thank goodness, I don’t have hatred in my heart, even though it may be hard to forgive certain actions, there is no longer hatred, just indifference now.

Typically I am not a complainer.  If you know me personally, I am not one of those people who make every Facebook status a rant or a complaint about the latest injustice of having to stand on a long line, or be in traffic or any other of the thousands of pet peeves that others take so to heart.  I am a grateful person.  I am grateful for my many many blessings of health, family, friends, employment and happiness.

While I do have worries (who doesn’t?) I don’t think I’m an overly worried about anything.  I try to keep in mind that worrying is a wasted emotion that doesn’t let the happiness in and I’d much rather be happy.

Ok so the next one is a bit tougher, I’m focusing on is becoming more patient.  I’ve been praying for more patience ever since becoming a Mom.  Not to let the little things bother me and look at the brighter side of things.  To really listen to my children, instead of hurrying them along to read or answer a question of tie a shoelace.  It’s a work in progress for sure!

As for pettiness and gloom, I do my best to avoid them all together.  One of my motto’s is that I’m too blessed to be stressed (not always 100% true-as stress creeps in) but pettiness and gloom really have no room in my life.  I endeavor to be noble in my deeds and how I pay it forward towards others.  And being joyful to me means to laugh out loud and enjoy life with those around me which generally I tend to do.

Giving up doubt and turning towards God has been how I’ve made it this far.  My faith is my strength.  I don’t know where I’d be without it.

Wishing you a Lenten Journey that is full of hope.

May the Lord bless us all,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.