I have given up some crazy stuff for Lent. I always use it as a way to make a statement or try to make me better in someway.  (BTW, I don’t just give something up, I normally also try to do something good for myself or others for 40 days..i.e. extra volunteer hours, weekly manicures…something that forces me to be kind to myself or unselfish with my time.)


In 2001, after I had been living in this winter wonderland for just over a year I saw soooooo tired of my big black heavy wool winter coat.  When Lent hit I decided to give up my Winter Jacket.  I believed that wearing a winter coat for 6 months out of a year was wrong (it was a particularly brutal winter and I was just getting used to actually having winter).  So, I gave up my winter jacket with the hope that God would bring some warmth so I didn’t freeze.  I learned my lesson; I froze my butt off for 40 days and learned my lesson.


A few years ago I gave up blackberry-ing in the car.  Yes I am embarrassed to admit this one…but it just slowly creped up on me. I would be sitting at a light and think…hmmm, I should check my email.  It starts with just checking your email at a light…then it turns into writing a quick response at a light.  I realized this was a habit I had to break…for your safety and mine.  It was hard, but I was able to break a little of that crackberry addiction.  


This year I am going big.  I am giving up wine (at home) and caffeine (red bull).  (I don’t really drink sodas so the caffeine is really aimed at my Red Bull problem).   Why is this big?  Because I only drink three things, water, wine and sugar free red bull.  I have gotten myself into a nice little habit of having a glass or two of wine almost every night with dinner. I know this is how the Europeans do it and it is suppose to be good for the heart.  However, I can just feel how it drags my body down.  I have also been drinking sugar free red bull about 3 or 4 mornings a week.  Lent started on Wednesday and by Friday I was DYING at work without my Red Bull.


What did yall give up? 

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10 Responses to Lent

  1. Karen Halls says:

    I found your site on google blog search and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. Just added your RSS feed to my feed reader. Look forward to reading more from you.

    Karen Halls

  2. Irma says:

    Not a thing…we’re Baptist!

  3. Heather says:

    I gave up Cussing!! Which is a big one for me. After week one, and not doing so good, I have decided that when I slip a quarter will go into a can and be donated to charity.

  4. jkerber says:

    When we were in 8th grade I tried to stop cussing (I know you wonder what is an 8th grader doing with a foul mouth…did I tell you my father was Chief of Police? I grew up hearing lots of it). I had to pay Julie a dime everytime I cussed. She ended up with a small fortune for a 13 year old and I significantly curbed my cussing. Perhaps I should try that again. I love your idea of a quarter to charity each time. Thanks for bringing back old memories and providing a suggested to curb a bad habit.

  5. shirl says:

    Why do yall cuss so much?


  6. angie says:

    Ha Ha….Jen got in trouble…by Shirl!!!!

    I gave up sweets, but that hasn’t gone too great.

  7. Care says:

    LOL at Shirl calling you out! 🙂

  8. Rob Kerber says:

    I gave up eye liner, jelly shoes, and my “Bike” Coach Shorts….oh and my Debbie Gibson Box Set!! Suprised I see…..well Im not the only Frickin Kerber going Big this year!!

    p.s. Jen Im on Red Bull overload right now…..jealous??

  9. Brendan says:

    bwahahahahahaha…. at Rob’s comment!

    Might I suggest that the quarter cussing charity be a Cancer research organization? Just a (selfish) suggestion. However, if you do chose to use my suggestion, I think you should spend as much time hanging out with sailors as possible. 🙂

  10. Heather says:

    Thanks for the suggestion on the charity. I already promised my 8 year old I would donate to St. Mary Catholic School lenten project. I will however be donating blood to MD Anderson next week. The blood is probably better because so far I only have 1 quarter in the jar!

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