Angie over at Many Little Blessings posted last month on her Lenten plans. We are not Catholic so we don’t observe Lent. The past couple of years, we have done the water challenge as a family during Lent. That was because the Blood: Water Mission was running it at that time. It was purely coincidental for us.
I love reading what others are giving up for Lent though. For friends, I like to support them in their endeavors. For others, I like to gather ideas for our family. Often times, the Holy Spirit will speak to me in these posts. I can see my frailties as well. The painful truth is revealed.
Angie’s post was revealing for me. The first part of her plan, while commendable didn’t really pertain to my family. I already severely limit my children’s access to tv, computers and video games. Too severely in many people’s opinion. But our rules work for our family. The children are much better off because of their limited access.
The second part is what spoke to me tremendously. Angie’s family is giving up most of their food budget for 40 days. She is going to shop for the basics like milk, eggs, produce etc. The other things are going to come from their pantry. Then they are donating the excess money or $100 whichever is greater, to her local food pantry. Neat idea, right?