Lenten Conviction


Last night we shared pancakes for dessert to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. The kids and I talked about the reasons for pancake supper, and the 40 days of Lent. I didn’t grow up in the tradition of giving something up for Lent, but I mentioned that some people do.

D announced that he was giving up sugar for Lent.

{What? Really?}

My seven year old was willing to try something that I was not. {*inward sucking breath*}

The next person on the band wagon was younger sister. {This is the girl who constantly asks for a ‘treat’}

And, of course, not to be left out of the “No Sugar Club” (as they called it) was other brother.

Ok. Great. So all my kids are willing to give up something for Jesus and for Lent and…. I’m sitting on the fence? How will I deal with no chocolate pick-me-up when the day feels too long, or too hard? Or how will I get through the cravings for chocolate ice cream that happen after dinner? Or the “after-the -kids-are-in-bed-and-wow-I-totally-I-deserve-a-treat-for-getting-through-this-day” hits?

But isn’t that the point? Isn’t it supposed to remind us to turn to Jesus and ask for help (if that’s what we need)? Isn’t it supposed to drive us to our knees in prayer? Isn’t it to be a reminder to give things up for Jesus, because after all, He gave up His very life for us? Surely I can do 40 days with no treats.

I’m sure I will be on my knees a lot.


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