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1 - 50 of 189 What did you give up for Lent?

  1. Jennie
    4 days ago

    Several years ago, my company made a major change to computers and brought in a younger person to create software particular to us. I was afraid of technology and not very cooperative. She was not respectful of her elders (we were older, why didn't we know everything already?) and I was not respectful of her (she's a kid and doesn't know our jobs).
    For Lent, I gave up ignorance. For 40 days, I gave myself over to listening and learning and asking questions and making suggestions. I learned so much! It made me a better employee and a much better, much more tolerant person.

  2. regina whalum
    9 months ago

    I gave up yeast rolls and cheese Danish

  3. peterlam
    9 months ago

    I followed Fast and Abstinence on Good Friday better than ever before, except to confession myself.

  4. Almut
    9 months ago

    Everyone gave up something they really liked to do or enjoy this lend.

    My 8 year old daughter gave up eating ketch up which is really hard she loves it with almost every meal.
    My 10 year old daughter gave up to cause any fight with her younger sister and lend an extra hand to everyone in the family and with friends and she was very successful with that.
    My 16 year old daughter wanted to keep it to herself.
    I myself enjoy with my partner a glass of beer or wine we ususally split for dinner - however no alcohol for the lend and we kept it up just fine :)

  5. daniela
    9 months ago

    I gave up everything, i enjoy to eat in regular basis , for example candy, chips, soda, cookies, chocolate, snacks of other kind for example nuts and crackers. Im surprised that I actually made it. You feel strong once you know you can stay away from temptation.

  6. Ess moral
    9 months ago

    I deactivated my Facebook account.

  7. carmen johnson
    9 months ago

    This lent season I am giving up meat since ash wed until easter. Ask always every lent is just,how to cleans my soul and repentance

  8. susan
    9 months ago

    I gave up all music except christian music.

  9. Dean
    9 months ago

    This year i gave up all sexual activity for Lent, I have been doing this ever since i converted to catholic.

  10. Mwape
    9 months ago

    In catholic, but I have never given up anything for lent until this year. I decided to give up music. The first week in, I didn't think I'd make it. But, I have and it's given me a chance to get closer to God. :D

  11. debra
    9 months ago

    I have given up myself. I have studied the sins and looked at myself so I can trul
    y recognize my sins. This in turn has shown me how much a sacrifice Jesus made for us. This Lenten season has opened my eyes and I am not stopping because lent stops. I desire the calmness achieved.

  12. Macie
    9 months ago

    I am not catholic, yet. But for the past 2 years I have given up something for lent. Last year I have up soda. I haven't had one since. This year I have given up meat. I only stumbled 3 times but am still going. Lent has helped me give up something that I did not realize I didn't need. Next year will be dairy products.

  13. Judith Amass
    9 months ago

    Both my daughter and I are church of England but she attends a Catholic secondary school.
    Faith is important to us and this year I gave up both coffee and chocolate and she gave up chocolate. With Gods help we will achieve this.

  14. ann
    9 months ago

    I didn't give up anything but rather chose to pray for non-believers. Let's pray for those so hurtful and doubtful and have ugliness in their hearts.

  15. Lydia
    9 months ago

    I pray every morning and every evening. I try to stop and smell the roses more often.

    I am not Christian, but i would love to build a relationship between God and myself this lent season.

  16. Katushabe Moureen
    9 months ago

    I gave up alcohol in this lent period

  17. Paul Borboa
    9 months ago

    I didn't give up anything (aside from the obligatory Friday and Holy Day abstinence of course) for Lent; instead I chose to say a rosary every day. The premise being, if I say it daily during Lent, it will help me be in the frame of mind to remember to say it regularly (at least once a week) for the rest of my life.

    I see this as an opportunity for spiritual growth.

  18. Flora
    10 months ago

    I gave up meat in general

  19. Carolyn Urbina
    10 months ago

    Me and my 7 year old daughter have been giving up all our pocket change and one dollars bills up to our rice bowls. Let all hard feelings go and to forgive all who has hurt me. Not watching tv about 6 hrs. a day and replacing it with reading my Bible. Learning to keep my opinions to my self.

  20. jS
    10 months ago

    This year i'm trying to be a much friendlier person to everyone.

  21. jocy
    10 months ago

    i gave up coffee...the hardest thing to give up for me...for this lent...hope i can give up more....

  22. Trish
    10 months ago

    My husband and I gave up alcohol. First week was a busy of, non-routine week which made it a little easier. Now it's Friday in the second week, and, feeling rather low, I wish I had a glass of wine to look forward to. Was hoping that by clearing my body of alcohol, I would discover some sort of spiritual clarity. Can't say that has happened, but I'm not known for my patience. Would love some grown-up encouragement. I have two teenagers (nuf said) and keeping my chin up isn't always so easy.

  23. Carolyn
    10 months ago

    I have given up white sugar and desserts. It is my desire to strengthen my physical body through this act so I can better serve the Lord Jesus.

  24. Steve
    10 months ago

    I gave up coffee for the Lent season

  25. Connie
    10 months ago

    I gave up meat. I am taking on reading my bible and praying some more. Social Media will go as well.

  26. Paul
    10 months ago

    I gave up my favorite snack food - potato chips.

  27. Sonia
    10 months ago

    Five days ago(March 5th) I gave up chocolate, candy, brownies,cookies. I crave it daily, for lent.

  28. JJ
    10 months ago

    For lent I am giving up fighting with my siblings. I am not catholic but I used to be.... I'm Episcopal. Today is the first Sunday of Lent... GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY!!!

  29. Robina
    10 months ago

    This year for Lent I gave up bread. I'm giving it up because it's one of the things that I cannot live without and so far so good.

  30. Jennifer
    10 months ago

    For lent I am giving up radio and meat. Great site, by the way!!! ❤

  31. shea
    10 months ago

    I'm not Catholic...Im a Baptist Christian, and I'm fasting for Lent...I'm giving up eating breakfast, meat, processed sugars, and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). I replace the meals with Bible scripture study and prayer and repentence

  32. Chloe
    10 months ago

    This year for lent I have given up chocolate and any types of sweets. I have given these things up because they are unhealthy and most people aren't able to have them. This is my first time giving up something for 40 days but its worth a try :)

  33. Alex
    10 months ago

    I loooooove coffee and have been drinking it every morning when I wake up and one in the afternoon. I'm giving it up and having tea instead because I know tea is healthier for my body. When I get the urge to buy coffee when I'm out I will instead use that money to put to charity.

  34. Mary V
    10 months ago

    In the past I have given up meat and animal products, Candy, cakes and yummy pastries, cookies, I read the entire Isaiah I have prayed, and a lot I just can't remember. Now I don't eat meat ever, never eat pastry and cake treats, never drink pop, never eat candy. I don't drink or smoke. I don't engage in bad relationships, don't watch TV or watch movies. I pray every day.
    So I think this year I will read scripture every day and do my best never to complain or say mean things. I am going to try not to spend money on things that are pleasurable. I think I'm going to try to convince atheists that Jesus is here with us and the Blessed Virgin talks to us at Medugore and the Holy Spirit is very powerful. Yes, it is all real! Praise God!

  35. Elizabeth
    10 months ago

    This past year I've grown really strong in my faith, and I wanted to give up something that was worthwhile to me. So I gave up instagram, and French fries ( I eat them more than I should) and my goal is to the bible cover to cover, not in 40 days but as and all year round thing.

    -God bless

  36. Wee Bear
    10 months ago

    This is my first time sacrificing something i have for lent but this year i am going to give up all junk food
    but not only that but I am going to try really hard every day to be very great full for all that the Lord our God has blessed me with, and see his beautiful works every day.

  37. Conrad M.Vilegas
    10 months ago

    I'm giving up soda pop. For those that know me, they know it's a sacrifice for me. In addition to that I'd like to concentrate on at least one good deed every day for at least one person, whether I know them or not.

  38. Caragh
    10 months ago

    I use to give up Pepsi because it was what I liked the most, but now at 68 yrs young I no longer drink it. This year I am not giving up, but rather I am doing. My plan is to do something nice to a stranger every day. This morning at Mass I helped a man sitting next to me who walked with a cane, to make it to receive ashes and Communion. Tomorrow I will buy something for a homeless person to eat. I will try to do something different every day.

  39. Mvilly
    10 months ago

    For lent this year i'm giving up all addictive habits which do not contribute in me glorifying the Lord. This entails non religious music, social networks, Tv shows that influence my thoughts negatively, sexual relations and any other habits. I will try my best to dedicate this time to improving my relationship with God. I pray that i may achieve this.

  40. Marie Chiklak
    10 months ago

    For this lent for the first time I am truly understanding more what lent is all about. For lent I am giving up alcohol. I'm not a drunk, but would like to give it up.

  41. Jon
    10 months ago

    I am going to be baptized during the Easter Vigil this year, and I decided to make my Lenten sacrifice REALLY mean something to me, and have it help me prepare for my baptism... So I decided to give up myself.

    What I mean is, I am giving up making decisions and choices from a purely self-interested stand-point, and will instead seek God's guidance in all I do.

    I recognize that I have always been a selfish person, and this is one step I am taking to try to change for the better as I enter into full communion with God.

    My love and prayers go out to all my brothers and sisters who are giving something up for lent, regardless of what that may be.

  42. lisa
    10 months ago

    this lent i am going to embrace my catholic religion and become closer to Jesus instead of looking at all others by reading the bible praying more and attending church on a regular basis. for lent i am going to be abstinent from men and get closer to the one and only man that as always been there for me Jesus.

  43. azmeer
    10 months ago

    i gave up playing footbaal,basketball for lent for jesus Christ

  44. Adri
    10 months ago

    I gave up BBM, Whatsapp and Facebook. It's gonna be hard, but I know the reasons why I did and will stick to my decision.

  45. Marissa
    10 months ago

    The last three years I have given up coffee which is the fuel of my life with three small children. And a 5 am prayer date every morning! And every year I want to of something else because it is so hard, but I know it's my greatest " thing" that I love so I guess it's out for year number four.

  46. tsofa
    10 months ago

    This lent i would like to give smoking,alcohol and abstain from sex. I would like to recite the Rosary this forty days of lent. I am a lost son i would like to return to my FATHER.

  47. Carol
    10 months ago

    After that torture I went through at home, I have not forgiven the ones involved close to five years now...........I believe most have learnt their lesson..... I want to forget all that and I forgive them.

    I will dedicate my evenings and pray specifically for love in my extended family.

  48. Mr Walton
    10 months ago

    i gave up listening to music and instead started listening to God

  49. satanlord
    10 months ago

    i gave up praying

  50. Tom Doran
    10 months ago

    i gave up water and now i feed on sunlight

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