Today is Ash Wednesday, marking the start of the Lent season for many Christians. Lent is a period of 46 days before Easter and is a time of self-examination. A common practice of Lent is to fast (give up) something, which is supposed to help a person's focus, and to recognize the Lord as their provider and sustenance.
Growing up I only understood this as a season practiced by my Catholic friends. I think the main thing was that Friday we had fish for school lunches. It wasn't until I was much older, did I realize that others took part as well, they just did not use the official "terminology" to describe this period of time-just calling it a fast.
So, this year I am joining in, I am giving up caffeine. For this means coffee and diet coke with Dr. Pepper. And less money spent at Caseys, our local convenient store. And since Mat and I just started Financial Peace University - good timing. One less expense to record.
Any one else taking part in the Lent season?