I know Lent is a time of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. I'm just not very good at it. But, every year I take a stab at it.
My Lenten project this year is to fast from consumerism. (Doesn't that sound very Occupy Lent?)
I love to shop and love getting a deal. It's a great pick-me-up. Tough mornings with cranky kids? Solved with a trip to Starbucks. Hard work week? Worth a pair of new shoes from Macy's. Bored on a Saturday? How about a trip to Ross!!
I need to get over this mind set.
I was inspired by my grad school classmate, Jenny's, blog. She's planning not to buy anything new, only used, for the next year. So, here's my Lenten plan:
I'm not going to buy anything EXCEPT groceries, gas, and, of course, our bills (like our phone bill, house closing costs, and those preexisting committments) for the next 40 days.
No spending for entertainment. No eating out. No new shoes. No new toys for kiddos. No extras as pick-me-ups, rewards, survival tools. Just me and God--gettin' through the day.
We'll keep you posted.
What are you doing for Lent?