They say to make something a habit, you should do it for 40 days. I suppose the same goes for breaking a bad habit.
There are many instances of the number 40 in the Bible.
The Flood for 40 days and nights.
The Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years.
Jesus fasting in the desert for 40 days and nights.
40 days from the resurrection to Jesus' ascension.
The Lentin season begins today, Ash Wednesday, and (not counting Sundays--the days of rest), it lasts 40 days, ending on Easter Sunday.
Traditionally, things are "given up" during this time to encourage more time of reflection and to gain a closer relationship with Jesus, the whole reason for this season.
I've decided to give up the time I spend on Facebook.
I feel like I spend way too much time on there, and this gives me the opportunity to break that habit and start a new one.
Yesterday, my sister brought me a birthday gift (thank you, Beth!), and one of the items was a Bible study. I've decided that I'll be working on that in some of my free moments instead of perusing comments and articles and pictures posted on FB throughout the day.
So, here I go. Jack's having room time, Ella's napping, and The Husband is working outside on the house. All's quiet. Mostly.
I've got my morning smoothie (milk, a spoonful of oatmeal, two spoonfuls of ice cream, half a frozen banana, a spoonful of coconut oil, and a heaping spoonful of peanut butter) and my Bible study.
Guess I should grab a pen :)
If you've chosen to give up something (or start something!) for Lent, what did you choose? Let's help keep one another accountable :)