What are you giving up for Lent?

Today marks the beginning of Lent, with the imposition of ashes…

In the traditions of years past it has been an option for people to give up something for Lent near and dear to them. For instance, one year I gave up coffee for Lent, while we were worshiping at a church that was also a coffee shop. I love coffee, so it was a sacrifice for me. I grew closer to God and on Easter morning that cup of coffee tasted oh so good!

But Lent is not about giving up. It is about growing closer to God. It is about understanding what Jesus went through for you!

One of the things I have done in the past and am doing again this year is taking something on. I am doing an additional spiritual discipline for Lent to help me know who I am in Christ.  This year as I did last year I am doing a picture a day for the season of Lent. Last evening I created the matrix for this and if you would like to join me, here is a link to the blog post I did for the challenge. The hashtag for this challenge is #stjls40days.

And remember whether you give something up or take something on, it is about growing closer to Jesus and learning who you are in Him!