Monday, March 14, 2011

Kicking the Habit

Growing up, I had no concept of Lent. Our faith tradition didn't emphasize pre-Easter fasting, so naturally I had never participated. My first real exposure to Lent came when I was working in a middle school, and our secretary chose to fast chocolate.

God bless her.

(For the record, I ate her portion and mine.)

This year, I decided to take part in Lent for the very first time. Rather than giving up chocolate -- for which I'm not sure I have the strength -- I settled on something that seemed simpler.

I gave up complaining for Lent.

(I know, right?)

May I be transparent for a moment? Really, truly honest? Prepare yourself:

This is hard. All day long, I'm asking myself, "Does that count as a complaint? Nah. Right? *sigh*"

But I've heard a rumor that thankfulness -- celebration of everyday stuff --  is the key to silencing a complaining mouth/heart/mind.

Tonight, we're going to practice. Here goes nothing!

#450 - Pink sparkly Royal Princess shoes

#451 - Mountain climbing
#452 - Excellent parenting

So I think maybe,


Perhaps I might just make it through these weeks (and this life, eventually?) without complaining. Much.

Pray, saints!


  1. I love her shoes! Where did you get those? :)

  2. Thanks! We found them at Toys 'R Us last week on clearance for $4.50. Another thing to be thankful for - good deals! :)

  3. I’m here from Ann’s.

    Even though it’s Thursday I’m still reading the lists. I heart these lists. And now I come to yours … And oh my – no complaining for all of Lent – I could never do it – as yu requested I’ll pray :) And because dad’s can do things that moms can’t and vice versa – and because you both seem like such good - my favorite from your list is #452 - Excellent parenting

    May God Bless and Keep you and all of yours this day

  4. Welcome, Craig! I need your prayers!! :) It felt funny to write, "I *gave* up complaining," when the truth is, "I'm still trying so, so hard to *give* up complaining." I'm hoping thankfulness will cure me!

    I looked at your blog and will be sharing it with my husband. He's a church history buff, so I know he'll enjoy it. :)