Monday, February 28, 2011

Three Things Couples Can Give Up for Lent

Somewhere between the middle of February and of March, something strange starts to happen. One Wednesday, people are walking around with dirt smudges on their foreheads. Next thing you know, Wendy's fish sandwiches are flying off the shelf. And suddenly, all your friends begin asking, "What did you give up?" The season of Lent has begun.

Contrary to how it might seem, the season of Lent is more than just ashes and fish sandwiches. It is meant to help Christians prepare their hearts for Easter through prayer, good works, and fasting. Many people choose to "give something up" for Lent, such as a favorite food item, as part of their personal fasting. The idea is to make a sacrifice in order to practice self-discipline and, in a sense, share in Christ's death. Though the idea is to become more selfless, and not to do something solely for your own good (such as giving up sweets in order to lose weight), people often see benefits and blessings spring forth from their Lenten sacrifices.

One great way couples can observe the season of Lent is to "give something up" together. Consider these three ideas, for example:

1. Expensive dates. Refraining from overindulgence is an excellent way to capture the spirit of Lent. If you've gotten used to going out to dinner, seeing movies, or choosing other activities that cost a lot of money, consider sacrificing expensive dates this Lent. There are plenty of ways that you can still build your relationship and have fun together without breaking the bank, such as these 15 inexpensive dates. You might feel restricted at first, but your creativity will blossom, and you might even learn how to live a more frugal lifestyle in the process.

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What are you giving up for Lent?

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