40 Days and Nights

What is the meaning of sacrifice? Merriam-Webster says: the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone

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Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us. He made it so that our sins would be forgiven and that we could all have the blessed life that we live. My sacrifice for lent was not as life changing as HIS sacrifice but a sacrifice nonetheless. I usually give up shopping for lent which sounds absurd but it’s true. For 15 years I have chosen to give it up for the Lord and for my wallet. This year I just didn’t have the mental capacity to do such a thing again so I decided to give up chocolate.

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I have dark chocolate every night after dinner. Well I’m here to tell you I CANNOT WAIT FOR EASTER!

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I thought that I would trim a little off the waistline while serving my Lord above. This is not the case AND I’m dying. Oh and the devil has shown his ugly little face once or twice. I kept telling myself, “Angie, he made the ultimate sacrifice and he didn’t get to take a break off the cross when he was mentally exhausted.” So with those words being told to myself over and over, I am happy to report I did not cheat and even took it a bit further and gave up all sweets. No cookies, cakes, pies, doughnuts. You name it, I didn’t have it for 40 days and nights. Now I will definitely gain 29 pounds on Easter, ha!

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So if you didn’t give up anything for lent this year, think about it for next year. It feels good to know you’ve done something small compared to what He did for us and if you sin, no worries. Our God is a forgiving God. It is important to note that Easter is more than bunnies and eggs (even though I also enjoy this part). It’s a time to reflect on your life and to be grateful for what you have. Take the time to love your family extra hard today and thank God for them. Life is so precious. God Bless and Happy Easter!

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