12 Things To Give Up Or Try This Lenten Season

12 Things To Give Up Or Try This Lenten Season

This is best time to be held accountable.

There are so many things about religion in general that I do not like. I won't get into the fundamental horrors of Christianity and the Church because this is supposed to be a positive and empowering article. Pretty much the only thing I actually follow as a Catholic is lent. The religious aspect is cool and all, but sticking to something for 40 days is hard work, and having God be the one to push you is kind of intimidating. This Lenten season you should try:

1. Exercising EVERY day

Okay, people, exercise is one of the greatest things for your body, so daily activity for 40 days will be challenging but worth it for sure.

2. Actually sleeping at night

I don't think I could do this one, but sleep is single-handedly the most important determinant of health, so skimping on some good ZZZ's is a no-no.

3. Snapchat

It'll be even easier now that I or anyone for that matter has no fricken clue on how to work it with the new update.

4. Going out to eat

As Mom always says, "there's food at home!"

5. Stop being an asshole

This one is for the Regina George's in your life. Consciously making yourself aware of negative thoughts and attitudes and putting other's opinions into your decisions will drastically decrease your asshole score.

6. Skipping Class

I already failed this one today, whoops.

7. Reading everyday

Being cool isn't hard if you have a library card.

8. Alcohol/Drugs

Good luck to all the people willing to tough out a dry season which includes, Midterms, Spring Break, and St. Patricks day. Kudos to being the Designated Driver for 40 days. Real MVP.

9. Drinking water

Hydration is key. Don't be a thirsty one this year during Lent.

10. Tinder/Bumble

Speaking of being thirsty... Left swipe at these time consuming and self-depreciating apps.

11. Meditating daily

Start small and work your way up. You can pray if you're into that sort of thing--which I'm guessing you are if you are reading this. I think it's best to try and not think about anything.

12. Cleaning something every day

Okay so this one is for me personally because I have trouble remembering to clean when I'm busy and tired.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit


1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay


Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible


Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit


God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others


We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop


Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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