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my lenten promise

a few years ago it dawned on me
instead of taking things away from my life
{although i do understand the purpose of sacrificing}
i have decided to add positive aspects into it as my Lenten promise.
do any of you do this, too?
we rise again from ashes,
from the good we've failed to do.
we rise again from ashes,
to create ourselves anew.
if all our world is ashes,
then must our lives be true,
an offering of ashes,
an offering to You. 

my Lenten promise this year: 

...continuing to focus on building the most healthy body possible...
 
one: smoothies and eating clean all week
two: walking, running, or yoga four to five times a week 
three: complete workout stations in our fit lab at school three times a week 
 four: morning and evening devotionals through prayer/exploring scripture
five: volunteer as much as possible! 

my hope is that these promises bring me closer to Jesus;
strengthening my love for Him
creating growth  
and a healthier body both physically and spiritually
... 
what about you?
what is your Lenten promise this year?
... i would love to encourage one another...

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26 comments:

  1. I love your ideas! This year, im doing a couple of things: first, giving up Facebook (very excited about this!), and also going on an elimination diet of the foods I'm intolerant to (not excited about this one ;) ) I just got back my blood work results and am going to talk with my doctor on Monday. I'm nervous, and a little scared, but I am positive that God wants me to do this - He gave me this body to keep healthy, and it isn't at its healthiest when I eat foods that are causing harm to i

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    1. Love your ideas and I will be praying for you on Monday- hope everything goes well! I feel the same way about our bodies... so important to cherish and keep healthy. Best wishes to you, too! Stay in touch and wishing you a wonderful Lenten season :)

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  2. Oops, it cut me off! I think this will be a wonderful time to grow closer to the Lord, as I will really need to trust in Him and will need His strength! Good luck to you, Nelle!

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  3. I love the thought of adding something positive to our lives, instead of just taking something away too! We gave up takeout for Lent, so I guess that means we are also trying to eat healthier and take better care of our bodies!!

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    1. that's a great thing to give up! i guess we are taking away too {with bad food during the week} but I love the idea of adding i guess :) wishing you a wonderful Lenten season! thank you for much for stopping in and cheers to healthier bodies in 40 days! good luck ♥

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  4. I do this as well! This year I am trying to remove negativity and replace it with positivity!

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    1. yay- love this :) good luck to you! all about being positive!!

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  5. I absolutely love your promises. I gave up fast food last year, this year I am going strong with devoting more time to studying the Bible and, like you, enriching my body with things that are better for me. I am still giving up the fast food though.

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    1. thank you so much! both are great… wishing you a wonderful season. good luck!

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  6. I do a little of both. I take a couple of things out, and then try to add a few things in. I find the addition is much more impactful to my life than the subtraction though!

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    1. i think the combo is great and i am LOVING your blog! so glad i found it!

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  7. I love your goal sweet girl! It really hit me hard the other day that I need to get back in a routine of eating healthy and daily exercise. Our bodies are a temple and they should be strong to do works for the Lord. Focusing on giving something positive than focusing on the negative is such a better perspective!

    xoxo

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    1. awe- thank you so much! i totally agree with you- i am trying my best because i truly believe this!! hope your day is going well and good luck with getting back into the routine- you can do it! :)

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  8. This post reminded me of how I need to seek Jesus and get closer to him. I play piano at church every Wednesday for the youth group. As a leader, I need to be seeking him more often. Thanks for this great reminder. I definitely needed it! If you'd like to say hi, please email me at estherdavison@gmail.com. My blogger account is "no-reply" :(. Esther Norine Designs

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  9. Beautiful. I try to seek Jesus and be more like Him each day...reminders like this blog are so helpful to keep me on track! Thank you so much for this!!!

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    1. thank you so much! i am SO glad! you are so welcome and best wishes to you. :)

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  10. I usually give something up but every few years I DO something instead! I find that I grow much more from the seasons I DO something!

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    1. i love this… totally agree! i like to add significant and positive things into my life {with some sacrificing as well!}

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  11. This is such a lovely perspective to have going into the Lenten season. I feel like we're on the same page! My husband and I want to start seriously thinking about starting a family, so we've sort of made this year about health as well - not only in body, but in spirituality, finances, and our relationship.

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    1. awe- thank you! we truly are on the same page!!! you are so sweet. I LOVE your blog so seeing your name pop up was very exciting- adore it. have a great evening!

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  12. Love this so much!!! And thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog :)

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    1. you are so welcome! love your blog and thank you! hoping for a great season this year!

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  13. Each year, I approach Lent a little differently! I love your idea of adding specific things to your life throughout the season! That's one thing that I have never done as a part of Lent. Thanks for sharing! I hope the season is a special one and leads you closer to God and more aware of who He is and what He has done and is doing!!! That's my prayer for all of us! :)

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    1. i do as well and thank you! i am hoping for the same thing and appreciate your sweet comment. so special and what a great message!! xo

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  14. I love this idea of adding instead of taking away! So good!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. awe- thank you, amy!! and thank you for the love. wishing you a wonderful Lenten season!

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