Ash Wednesday: First week of fasts, here’s what I am doing

To begin Lent, this first week of fasts will: Sweets, Treats and Self Indulgence. So, no candy, chocolate, beer, fun beverages of the same kind and no cigars for me. No dessert, ice cream. I will have coffee, however. This will be the first week fast where I will resolve to spend nothing special on myself. We will see how I do!

At www.sunridgeworship.org you can see what my church community is doing about Lent.

What you are doing or not doing?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

20 comments

  1. We are giving up sweets. A big deal in our house. Would you believe I forgot at lunch, popped a piece of candy in my mouth, and heard my wife say, “So much for Lent.” (She said it good-naturedly.)
    Then we packed up the candy and put it away.

  2. We are giving up sweets. A big deal in our house. Would you believe I forgot at lunch, popped a piece of candy in my mouth, and heard my wife say, “So much for Lent.” (She said it good-naturedly.)
    Then we packed up the candy and put it away.

  3. We are giving up sweets. A big deal in our house. Would you believe I forgot at lunch, popped a piece of candy in my mouth, and heard my wife say, “So much for Lent.” (She said it good-naturedly.)
    Then we packed up the candy and put it away.

  4. We are giving up sweets. A big deal in our house. Would you believe I forgot at lunch, popped a piece of candy in my mouth, and heard my wife say, “So much for Lent.” (She said it good-naturedly.)
    Then we packed up the candy and put it away.

  5. We are doing a 40 days of prayer on our campus blog and posting something each day (Sundays don’t count) which I am helping Todd write and plan. I’m not really giving up anything physically, but more of really having an intense attitude of prayer during this season and really re-focusing my heart and mind on Him and the beauty of the coss in my life.

  6. We are doing a 40 days of prayer on our campus blog and posting something each day (Sundays don’t count) which I am helping Todd write and plan. I’m not really giving up anything physically, but more of really having an intense attitude of prayer during this season and really re-focusing my heart and mind on Him and the beauty of the coss in my life.

  7. We are doing a 40 days of prayer on our campus blog and posting something each day (Sundays don’t count) which I am helping Todd write and plan. I’m not really giving up anything physically, but more of really having an intense attitude of prayer during this season and really re-focusing my heart and mind on Him and the beauty of the coss in my life.

  8. We are doing a 40 days of prayer on our campus blog and posting something each day (Sundays don’t count) which I am helping Todd write and plan. I’m not really giving up anything physically, but more of really having an intense attitude of prayer during this season and really re-focusing my heart and mind on Him and the beauty of the coss in my life.

  9. well, if I do my fasts and NOT pray, then I would have failed!
    one thought… a friend on twitter had a good question about why myself and others are broadcasting what we are doing since fasting should be private. I agree…but, with Lent this is a corporate fasting, so the reward is for us doing it together. Sharing is to support each other in it, more than brag…at least I hope so!

  10. well, if I do my fasts and NOT pray, then I would have failed!
    one thought… a friend on twitter had a good question about why myself and others are broadcasting what we are doing since fasting should be private. I agree…but, with Lent this is a corporate fasting, so the reward is for us doing it together. Sharing is to support each other in it, more than brag…at least I hope so!

  11. well, if I do my fasts and NOT pray, then I would have failed!
    one thought… a friend on twitter had a good question about why myself and others are broadcasting what we are doing since fasting should be private. I agree…but, with Lent this is a corporate fasting, so the reward is for us doing it together. Sharing is to support each other in it, more than brag…at least I hope so!

  12. well, if I do my fasts and NOT pray, then I would have failed!
    one thought… a friend on twitter had a good question about why myself and others are broadcasting what we are doing since fasting should be private. I agree…but, with Lent this is a corporate fasting, so the reward is for us doing it together. Sharing is to support each other in it, more than brag…at least I hope so!

  13. And you’re gonna run a few miles too!? 😉
    I’m fasting fasting… how’s that for a fast?

  14. And you’re gonna run a few miles too!? 😉
    I’m fasting fasting… how’s that for a fast?

  15. And you’re gonna run a few miles too!? 😉
    I’m fasting fasting… how’s that for a fast?

  16. And you’re gonna run a few miles too!? 😉
    I’m fasting fasting… how’s that for a fast?

  17. Eric… well, this first week is saying NO to indulgences, rather than YES to pain. 😉

  18. Eric… well, this first week is saying NO to indulgences, rather than YES to pain. 😉

  19. Eric… well, this first week is saying NO to indulgences, rather than YES to pain. 😉

  20. Eric… well, this first week is saying NO to indulgences, rather than YES to pain. 😉

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