lent, cheese, and beth elaine

As far as I can remember, I have never observed Lent. I had decided over Christmas that I wanted to make a bigger deal out of the Easter season with my girls this year and that Lent would be part of that. My goodness, it sure snuck up on me! I had no idea it was so close–although we did just talk about it at church on Sunday. Oops.

So, I’ve been thinking today–what should I give up for 40 days? I’ve decided against cheese (which is what beth elaine is doing–bless her soul!) because my family eats so much of it, and I don’t want to make us separate meals. It was a toss-up between pop (soda) and chocolate, and I think I may just go with both. I was craving both sooo badly earlier this afternoon which I took as a sign. I will drink a nice, icy Coke tonight and then…sigh. I don’t think chocolate will be quite as hard. I could be wrong. Yes, I’m probably wrong.

So, doing without the pop and chocolate will remind me of Christ’s sacrifice for me, and every time I eat cheese, I will be reminded of His amazing love and showers of blessings upon my life.

Funny story. I taught at a Christian school near Cleveland a few years back. They wore uniforms–khakis and polo shirts every day but Wed. Wed. was chapel day, and the girls wore plaid skirts and white shirts. I can’t remember what the boys wore. Anyway, we did a little performance at a nursing home one morning in March (on a Wednesday) and then paid a visit to Burger King on the way home. As my little third-graders were having a ball on the indoor playground, a woman came up to me, red-faced and scowling.

“I can’t believe you had the nerve to bring a group of Catholic school kids to eat hamburgers right in the middle of Lent!” She had steam coming out her ears and everything.

I smiled politely, held back my laughter, and explained that we were from Valley Christian Academy, and that we, as a school, didn’t observe Lent. She looked at me for a moment, looked at the kids, then smiled. (Whew!) “Oh. Well, that makes sense. Good.” And walked away.

I do have a couple questions about Lent (I can do my own research I guess) I read something about it being actually 46 days until Easter–that Sundays don’t count. Do I get to eat chocolate and drink pop on Sundays? Oh, please someone say yes!

I plan on buying Walt Wangerin’s book, Reliving the Passion, and reading it during these 40 days. I bought the Christmas one from amazon, and it was delivered after it was over. I’m probably too late this time, too. Shoot. I bought Peter’s First Easter to read to the girls and want to check out the Easter books at our library.

I pulled Nina in her sled today around the block on our way to take Livi to the bus stop. This weather is incredible. Bring on Spring! And no offense, Krista and Gail, but I probably won’t move to Kentucky. (I do want to come visit you both though–two of my favorite pastors’ wives! Have you two met, btw?) If I ever do the South thing, it will be somewhere reeeeally South. Or maybe Australia. Nixie is scheming to get me down there to talk about my books, and bless her soul, if she can work it out, I will owe her my very life. Oooh, I would looooooove to go!

I have all kinds of things to say, but the fumes from a poopy diaper are starting to permeate the air in my entire home.

Happy Fat Tuesday!

23 thoughts on “lent, cheese, and beth elaine

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  2. ladymiss3739

    Such a chipper post…makes me wonder if you had both pop and chocolate before writing it… 🙂  Or maybe it’s just the way I read it. 

    I have honestly never heard of people other than Catholics observing Lent (I know, I’m sheltered or something).  But, you and everyone else’s blogs are making me think more on it….

  3. rocknnell

    My first lent participation was “with a catholic teacher” !  I gave up pop….it is incredible… it is like your Spiritual intennas…. are lengthened…. Fasting… lent…sacrifice…opening your spiritual pores…. more of HIM…less of me…

    ideas of what to give up…God gave up what was most precious to Him…what is something that is “precious” or ” means alot to YOU ?”

  4. ctorlone

    Marla, I quit drinking pop for awhile after watching that documentary Super Size Me…I lost about 5 pounds in a matter of 2 weeks.  Maybe you’ll be able to remember Christ’s sacrifice and loose a few pounds to boot!!! Oh, and if you ever want really good holiday books, cbd.com has such incredible deals…we have lots of Easter good ones. 

  5. ClutzyButtercup

    The “die hard” Catholics usually give up something for all of Lent…In the 1960’s-70’s, it was usually meat (not including fish or chicken).  The no meat on Fridays was year round.  In the 1970’s, McDonald’s used 10% of the Cod in the world because of that…Fish sandwich sales on Friday were through the roof…Just a bit of trivia!  God bless you for giving up Coke…I did it for about 2 months this summer and it almost put me in a padded cell!  🙂

  6. jbnygaard

    We don’t participate in lent. However, I don’t think its a bad idea. You got me thinking about if I did participate, what would I give up? I would probably do the chocolate thing. I could easily do without pop, but chocolate??? That my friend, would be hard! Truly a sacrifice!!!!

  7. YoYoYoder

    Some websites say Lent consists of 40 weekdays and 6 Sundays. Other sites say that Sunday can’t be a fast day. Here was one explanation:

    Why couldn’t Sundays be a fast day? Because Sunday is the Lord’s day – a weekly reminder of his resurrection during which the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, was celebrated – and he said “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?”
    (Mark 2:19, NIV)

  8. YoYoYoder

    I have read that Sundays DON’T count! Perhaps my sources (the internet) are wrong, but that’s what I thought. It’s definitely worth looking into. I have been trying to decide if I should give up something–I’ve never done it before either…

    Any suggestions other than pop, chocolate, or cheese???

  9. bekisue

    Good luck, Marla! It’s never easy to sacrafice anything, but what an amazing daily reminder. I’ll be giving up something too. I’ll disclose it on my site tomorrow!

  10. gsowell

    I gave up pop and ice cream one year. That was a loooooooooong Lent! And I thought that Catholics only swore off meat on Fridays. That seems to be the norm in our neck of the woods. That woman shouldn’t have worried about a Wednesday!

    I have not met Krista…that is until a little bit ago! Once I move, you’ll be able to come visit both of us in one easy visit. We’ll be about 30 minutes apart!

  11. ladyjabez

    Sunday’s do count…… sorry.  We participate in Lent as well…. not that we go and get the ash cross on our forehead tomorrow…. but we do give up something we love so that we can focus on Christ and all He gave up to come to earth and ultimately die for our sins on the cross.  Good luck with it all…..

  12. ch1pch0p

    I mentioned to Kevin that we should do something for Lent, and he made some comment about how we should be celebrating Christ and remembering his sacrifice 365 days a year, not just 40. So I’ve decided I don’t have to give up anything. 🙂

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