Lent has always been an enigma to me. I've tried participating but it always seems to be a last minute decision based on the easiest thing to give up or add on. This year, starting in late January I started thinking and "praying" about whether or not I would participate and if I did, why. Food has never been a good fasting thing for me. It really just leaves me hungry or apathetic. So I started thinking through the areas in my life that I felt had become a little too much. Things like TV or Internet, social media, etc. I wasn't ready to give up TV because its time I get with my roommate where we can just relax. I think i definitely need to limit my TV watching but I wasn't ready to give it up completely for lent. There was another area that I was finding that was getting in the way of some serious God time. I found myself in the morning checking email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blogs, etc for hours instead of spending quality time with God or sometimes getting my "freelance" work done. So i started contemplating this and debating it in my head. I hadn't told anyone and even up until the morning of Ash Wednesday, I hadn't fully committed. That was until I woke up and found myself being drawn to something other then God for the last time. So I set forth to make it my Twitter Status, cinching the deal before I backed out. So for this Lent season, I am staying away from Twitter, Facebook, pinterest, people.com, Pioneerwoman.com and anything that is not work related or relationship building. I will read a few blogs of my friends but only those people who I want to keep tabs on. Right now, its just two people so I think I am good.
So far this week it has been a huge benefit. I am cleaning, blogging and getting organized (mentally and physically.) I have been studying James with my discipleship group and instead of last minute prep, I am actually studying it! I think this is going to be a great Lent season. I am excited about what the Lord is going to reveal to me by making myself more available to him!
Also, as a disclaimer. For those of you following me on twitter or Facebook, any status updates from here on out are automatic updates from certain apps or blogs I am on. When I go for a run, I have an app that logs my run and the various stats related to it. When I am done it posts the run. Also, this blog is set to feed every time I publish. You might also see random posts related to my freelancing work but I guarantee I won't be directly on Facebook or Twitter.