(Closed) Lent is right around the corner.

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Your first one is a good idea! I might steal it!! Might give up chips, too.

Every year I give up saying the Lord’s name in vain (by the time Lent rolls around again I’ve slipped a little so try to get back on track) and this year I might throw in swearing too…that one will be hard though!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m going to give up all sweets. I do this every lent and it’s ALWAYS difficult! My wedding is the weekend after Easter, though, so it may give an added bonus of helping me lose a few extra pounds (but that’s not the reason for doing it of course). I was also thinking about giving up alcohol but that’s not really hard for me so it kind of defeats the purpose of Lent.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@MsJeep23: Oh I’m with you on swearing and taking the Lord’s name in vain too!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have NO idea. I am on a really restricted diet for health issues so I decided against giving up anything food related.

I don’t like to “give up” vices, because then on Easter I don’t want to think “hallelujah! I can gossip again!”

One year I wrote a list of people I was close to and prayed for everyone on that list during Lent. I liked that. Maybe I’ll do that again?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@jedeve: Haha that;s true. I try to keep mine as an all-year vow but end up having to renew it every Lent.

Love the prayer idea. When I was little my Mom gave us little eggs each day with “graces” on them i.e. “talk to someone you don’t usually talk to” or “help out your Mom.” I liked those, and the Rice Bowls you can put $$ into.  

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@jedeve: oooh I love the prayer idea!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

1. Uncleanliness. Not gonna let dishes sit in the sink. Not going to make piles that haven’t been gone through. Going to clean once a week.

2. Negativity. I’m going to do the rubberband thing where you wear it on your wrist and snap it whenever you have a damaging negative thought.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Ranch

I am giving up swearing and critizising so much lol I think God is going to be very happy with me this lent!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I prefer to do an act of good rather than to give something up for Lent.  For the last couple of years, I’ve given donations of money and diapers to the battered women’s shelter.  I’ll probably do that again this year.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have been struggling with this! Our wedding falls right in the middle of Lent, which is messing up all of my usual things.  I don’t want to give up alcohol or sweets, and not be able to enjoy our wedding festivities, and I don’t think I can get through wedding stress without caffeine.  Other years I have given up TV, but that doesn’t seem so hard, since I don’t have time right now to watch, and will be out of the country for over a week!  I usually try to go to daily mass, too, but I don’t think that would work during our honeymoon.  I’m really at a loss!

I did post on twitter, though, asking for ideas, and our best man said I should give up stressing about the wedding. If only I could!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Dont hate me for saying this…but when does Lent start??

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Miss.Lace: March 9th. No worries, its super late this year. It seems like it should have started weeks ago. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Leprechaun: Just curious, how are you getting married during Lent?

As far as giving stuff up goes and your wedding day, that is a conundrum! One way to think of it is as Lent is a time of fasting, but a wedding day is definitely a feast day! It’s not a day of mourning, so you shouldn’t feel like you would have to skip cake on your wedding day.

What if you do something like pray with your husband every day? It’s something you can do on your honeymoon and would be nice to do leading up to the wedding!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I usually give up popcorn but seeing as I haven’t eaten since before lent LAST year…probably not the best choice 🙂

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