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51 - 100 of 211 What did you give up for Lent?

  1. Robina
    1 year 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.

  2. Jennifer
    1 year ago

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

  3. shea
    1 year 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

  4. Chloe
    1 year 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 :)

  5. Alex
    1 year 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.

  6. Mary V
    1 year 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!

  7. Elizabeth
    1 year 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

  8. Wee Bear
    1 year 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.

  9. Conrad M.Vilegas
    1 year 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.

  10. Caragh
    1 year 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.

  11. Mvilly
    1 year 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.

  12. Marie Chiklak
    1 year 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.

  13. Jon
    1 year 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.

  14. lisa
    1 year 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.

  15. azmeer
    1 year ago

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

  16. Adri
    1 year 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.

  17. Marissa
    1 year 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.

  18. tsofa
    1 year 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.

  19. Carol
    1 year 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.

  20. Mr Walton
    1 year ago

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

  21. satanlord
    1 year ago

    i gave up praying

  22. Tom Doran
    1 year ago

    i gave up water and now i feed on sunlight

  23. Tami S
    1 year ago

    This lent I am giving up my ice cream and other types of junk food. I eat ice cream most every night, so giving it up for 40 days is going to be a real challenge

  24. FunnyJ567
    1 year ago

    For Lent I gave up Mcdonalds

  25. ajax
    1 year ago

    i am giving up chocolate

  26. Kelly
    1 year ago

    junk food because other people in the world are in starvation

  27. Comfort
    1 year ago

    Am givin up alcohol curse words,lies nd al forms of sexual immorality, also givin up musics dat doesnt praise god,and wil do well to fast,and wil do ma best 2 read d bible atleast 5 days n a week.wil do my best 2 nt miss sunday service on one be nice helpin and assistin to any and every one

  28. SARAH
    1 year ago

    This lent l want to stay holy cos God is holy. My body is his temple. Talk about the goodnes of GOD. REPENT AND LOVE OTHERS.

  29. claire
    1 year ago

    I made 3 goals for myself this Lent:

    1. Give-up twitter (I'm basically addicted)
    2. Volunteer 1 time all day
    3. Begin a Journal

  30. Alison Marie Ohr
    1 year ago

    I am giving everything up for Lent, eating, sleeping etc.

  31. Knarik
    1 year ago

    1. I'm giving up listening to rock music...
    2. Also, I'm giving up animal based products including honey.
    3. I'm giving up Facebook and other social networks.
    4. I'm giving up staying up late and sleeping in.
    5. Cursing and lying.

    I'm going to read the Bible and go to church every Sunday. And pray every day.

  32. tekle
    1 year ago

    During this Lent i'll fight distructions during my prayers, which are the very enemy of my spiritual progress....' And am planning to give good deal of monthly salary to an elderly seek priest.

  33. Joshua
    1 year ago

    I plan to go to reconciliation tomorrow. This lent I also plan to up smoking, and will try to work to correct my language, and also Think before I speak.

  34. Emily
    1 year ago

    I am giving up all animal based products. I tried being vegan before, but it only lasted a week. It is tough, but I think that if I have a set time frame, and accountability partners, I can do it. I'm very excited about becoming healthier and flushing out all of the fast food and grease that comes in the meat I eat out of my body!

  35. NIcole
    1 year ago

    A few years ago, I decided to give up going out to eat because while food is not a vice for me, I was in the car a lot and loved to stop at restaurants for a snack, appetizer, or whatever. It was incredibly tempting to do that because I lived near so many restaurants. Anyway, it was hard, but I did it. And all of the money I had saved from not eating out, I used to buy a gift card to Outback Steakhouse for a coworker of mine who didn't earn much money so she and her husband and kids could go out for a nice dinner.

  36. Ciera
    1 year ago

    Last year I gave up Chocolate and it was a lot harder than I originally thought it would be! At first it was hard to be able to watch everyone around me being able to eat chocolate but I fought the temptation and am so proud that I finished it!
    This year I think I'm going to give up meat and stay vegetarian the whole 40 days... Challenge Accepted!

    Always Remember who you are doing this for...

  37. Debbie Kustka
    2 years ago

    I gave up time on my e-mail, Facebook, searches It all. I was addicted, but I do go to a lot of Catholic sites

  38. Claudia
    2 years ago

    Hi for lent I did not give up any thing because I forgot about it by the time I remember itas already a few days into it. I don't go to church not because I don't want to because the is not on whee I live I am catholic and go to a catholic school and we read parts of the bible every day my sister gave up soft drink witch was hard for her because when ever we went somewhere she would have to have water the day after Easter we let her tast it when she did she said gross is this real soft drink we said yeah she doesn't drink soft drink any more

  39. Cyn
    2 years ago

    For the whole time, I gave up potato chips (serious habit ie eating a big bag every single night often with dip), and drinking martinis (those were the only drinks I drank, so for me that means all alcohol). During Holy Week, I stopped washing television and on Good Friday I fasted - no food, just water and coffee in the morning. I'm also allowing myself tea.

  40. J J
    2 years ago

    I gave up bread and cheese for lent

  41. patrick
    2 years ago

    I gave up playing music and foothball

  42. MARY
    2 years ago

    I gave up soda and playing the video gambling machines. I have done very well. i What is the last day of Lent?

  43. Ariscita
    2 years ago

    I gave up playing lottery scratch off tickets, which I love to do.

  44. florence
    2 years ago

    i gave up my luxury tv time to spend more time with GOD.

  45. Nemboy
    2 years ago

    I gave up sweets, and promised not to miss my daily scripture readings and prayers.

  46. smitha
    2 years ago

    i wish to give up wht is wrong in god eye.

  47. cecille v. felisilda
    2 years ago

    i gave buying new clothes which i want most for reflecting to it, buying more is not what i need. what i need now is to strengthen my prayer life and to pray more for others.

  48. Lynda B. Clarke
    2 years ago

    I have given up all poultry; eating only seafood.

  49. Nicole
    2 years ago

    This season for Lent I gave up wanting more in my own. I have been desiring that my spouse finish our basement and it seems that in truth I do not need this. I am letting go of the need to want it for it is beyond need.

  50. Jan
    2 years ago

    I have given up TV-at least Monday through Friday and limit it on weekends to EWTN or sports. I haven't slept so well in a long time.

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