Your 40 Day Guide to Lent (+50 Thing to Give Up for Lent That Aren’t Chocolate)
Lent is full of mystery and confusion. We wonder how and we wonder why and often, spend days fumbling through wondering if we’re doing it right. But Lent doesn’t have to be complicated.
I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by your faith. That’s why I designed a workbook to simplify your Lent by helping you determine how to practically live out your faith and by providing daily accountability.
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40 Days to the Cross is a Lenten workbook designed to provide guidance and accountability on your journey to the foot of the Cross through the 40 days of Lent. If you’re ready to dig deeper into your faith this Lent, join me this season by utilizing this workbook to embrace the practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as the Church has for generations.
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One of the common practices of Lent is fasting. Fasting is seen in a variety of forms but is an important part of the Christian life that is often neglected. It can be overwhelming to think of what to fast from, or give up, for Lent.
Here are 50 things (besides chocolate) to give up for Lent and 10 focus on seeing this Lenten season:
Note: Please talk with your doctor before beginning any fasting program.
- Animal Products (Meat, Dairy, Honey, etc.)
- Food You Didn’t Cook (i.e. Fast Food)
- Throwing Away Leftovers
- Leaving Things Untidy
- Thinking of Your Needs First
- Unwholesome Speech
- Eating More Than You Need
- Shopping for Wants, Not Needs
- Embracing the Path of Least Resistance
- Seeking Instant Gratification
- Constantly Turning on Background Noise
- Snacking Between Meals
Things (To Give Up or Donate)
- Clothes You No Longer Wear (Someone Else Can Use Them)
- Single-Use Plastic
- Everything in Your “Someday I Might Need It” Closet
- Online Shopping
- Excessive Amounts of Shoes, T-Shirts, etc.
- Accessories You Haven’t Worn Recently
- Old Electronics
- Promotional Items Someone Gave You for Free but You Never Use
- One Item for Each of the 40 Days of Lent
41. Going Out to Eat
42. Using Wireless Products Wherever You Want
43. Watching Television Shows Back to Back
44. Disposable Products
46. Cable TV
47. Spring Break Trip
48. Flavored Beverages
49. Fancy Shampoo
50. Delivery (Skip the fee and pick it up yourself!)
Focus on Seeing
- Christ in Your Neighbor (in the child squirming in the pew or grocery cart, in the oppressed, in the refugee)
- Small Ways to Show Love to Strangers
- Opportunities to Extend Mercy
- Opportunities to Defer to Someone Else’s Preference
- Ways to Use Your Spiritual Gifts
- Areas You Can Give Up Wants to Help Meet Someone Else’s Need
- Your Need to Practice Self-Control
- Your Role in the Local Church
- Ways Your Purchases, Habits, or Mentalities Inadvertently Help Perpetuate Injustice
- Opportunities to Serve Without Opportunity for Repayment