Lent: Prayer + Dance
Some party on Fat Tuesday.
Some use it as an excuse to eat everything in sight.
But for me, it’s a day of stress trying to figure out what to give up for Lent.
You name it, and I’ve given it up – soda, chocolate, junk food, caffeine, gossiping, eating out, all things presumably bad for you.
But this year, I’m putting a new spin on it. I’m not asking myself what I should deprive myself of for Lent, but instead, what can I add to my life to enhance it?
So, here it is, I’m making it public for a better sense of accountability, for Lent I am going to exercise every day for 20 minutes. This can be anything – walking, zumba, pilates, running, Just Dance (!!) or heaven forbid, weight lifting. (This also fits perfectly into my Operation Bathing Suit, OBS, but more on that some other time.)
It will be tough, but as is the focus of Lent, I’m surrending it all to God. Whenever I don’t want to get up in the morning, when I feel lazy after work or when I think I have a right to skip a day, I’ll call on God for strength, bringing myself closer to my health goals, but more importantly, a closer relationship with my Father too. It’s a time for reflection and renewal.
What are you doing for Lent? I’d love to hear so we can continue to pray for and inspire each other.
I’m doing that Mosaic Devotion and I’m going through “Celebration of Discipline” to learn to ‘experiment’ with a different discipline each day.
February 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm
I have begun reading the Devotions for Lent, our church season that focuses our attention toward human sin and God’s gracious solution. Wow!
February 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm
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