Practice self-sacrifice: Things we can learn from Lent Comments Off on Practice self-sacrifice: Things we can learn from Lent 210,099

Lent, to be perfectly clear is a Christian practice. Although, anyone is welcome to try the tradition in honor of sacrifice. Lent is a tradition that involves fasting for forty days and nights in preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Easter celebration.

I remember growing up in the Catholic church, my parents really took Lent seriously and they passed that will onto me. They would leave their ashes on for the entire day just to prove that they were serious about penance. Lent or Lenten-fasting is a Christian practice that involves depriving oneself of the things that are dear to him or her. It’s kind of a symbol to represent the kind of suffering that Christ endured in the wilderness. Although Lent is not for everyone, depriving oneself of some form of comfort is a good thing. Lent doesn’t just involve waiting for the sweets or food that Easter comes with; it requires depriving yourself of something that you are basically addicted to; something that takes some priority in your daily life; that is why it’s so symbolic.

Here are a few things that people typically deprives themselves of for a short while.

Focusing on your needs and not your wants

When I say this, I mean you should chin up and stop buying all the things that you want but don’t really need. Things like new phones and devices shouldn’t be your priority, not when you don’t really need them. This Lent you should try saving some extra money for a change, you might end up saving more money than you think. This little practice should span across everything you spend money on. For example, you can’t buy all the little things you set your sight on this Lenten fast.

Donating every day of the Lenten fast

Regardless of whether you are religious or not, giving should hold a special place in your life. We are blessed to be where we find ourselves today and should never forget those that aren’t as fortunate. This Lent, try to give as much as you can daily. It might be just a plate of soup or some old clothes, but it might be enough to put a smile on a person’s face.

 Gossiping

I know that most gossips don’t think they gossip. They just see their conversations as innocent gist sessions. It takes a lot of courage to admit that you are a gossip but a sure tell sign would be the feeling that what you are doing and saying might hurt someone. This Lent we should try to fight those habits that seem hurtful to others. After all, Lent is about repentance and penance, we should see the days of the lent fast as an intense confession and repentance session and try to break away from old destructive habits.

Limiting meal time to just three times a day

I think more than anything, Lent is about the tribulations that Jesus faced and overcame in the desert. So, its only appropriate that we too subject ourselves to similar conditions. Technically, limiting meal time to the standard three times a day doesn’t really compare to the kind of suffering that he endured in the wilderness, but I think that it’s a safe compromise. We should try to get closer to the savior this Easter by devoting more time to knowing him and curbing our eating habits. This meal limiting plan should cover just more than the conventional meal. It should also go in to cover other things like limiting your soda intake and junk food consumption.

Give up TV

This might seem impossible for some with unbelievable line-up of coming this spring. People easily forget that these great series will still be there a month after Easter. Television is inherently distracting. It’s practically impossible to stay focused on the Messiah when you are shacked up in front of the TV every night. This lent, you should try to disconnect from it all. Try minimizing your TV time and pick up something that is less distracting and more productive like prayer.

Pray this Lent

One of the major characteristics of a fast is constant prayer, this Lenten shouldn’t be any different. Try to devote some time to praying to him every day – it’s the most important part of the fast. You should put all that excess time from not watching TV to good use and try to really commune with him.

Here are a few things that we can change about ourselves this Lent that could help us improve our relationship. Lent, above everything else is about Jesus Christ. This little suggestion list allows us to effectively share in his experience and strengthen our relationship.

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6 TV Shows We’re Binging During the Coronavirus Comments Off on 6 TV Shows We’re Binging During the Coronavirus 204,758

Due to the coronavirus, we’re not going anywhere for awhile. On the bright side, now that you’re forced to stay home, there’s no guilt in binging TV! Luckily, a few incredible tv shows have been released over the past few weeks to help with the stay at home boredom. Some shows have been out for years, but nonetheless, everyone should watch them. So, here’s the 6 shows we’re binging during the coronavirus. 

For the Jokester  

Everyone who loves a good comedy series should check out Brooklynn 99. The show highlights the interesting and hilarious detectives of Brooklyn’s 99th precinct. It premieres on NBC, but you can binge 7 seasons on Hulu right now.The Good Place is another comedy for every jokester. The four-season show observes Eleanor Shellstrop in the afterlife. She’s shocked she made it to the ‘good place’ and assumes there was a mistake. This comical journey is one you’re not gonna want to miss.

Addicting Docuseries 

Netflix knows how to make a documentary. They’ve produced a variety of docuseries that grasps viewers’ attention. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is the newest one and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. The film follows the life of Joe Exotic and his friends, coworkers, and enemies. The people in this documentary are unbelievable and will have you begging for more. How to Fix a Drug Scandal is another trending Netflix Original docuseries. This true-crime doc explores a possible coverup involving the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. After this series, you’ll question everything you know about the justice system. 

Dark Dramas

While drama isn’t healthy for your personal life, it does make great tv. The Ozark, another Netflix original, just released its third season and it’s perfect for binging. The first episode dives right in as you discover the main character, who is a husband, father, and financial advisor is laundering money for the second-largest cartel in the US. The series tracks him and his family as they fight for their lives by making deals with drug dealers and politicians. Another drama to watch is How to Get Away with Murder. Season 7 is currently airing on ABC, but you can binge prior seasons on Netflix or Hulu. Law professor, Annalise Keating, mentors five students through mysterious court cases that reveal hidden truths. 

With the help of these tv shows, we hope you’ll find some relief in quarantine. During this time of uncertainty, don’t be too hard on yourself to get things done. Sometimes the best thing to do is just relax and binge one of these awesome tv shows!

3 Podcasts We Can’t Get Over Comments Off on 3 Podcasts We Can’t Get Over 201,438

Podcasts are the way of the future. Think radio shows but being able to listen whenever and wherever you want. The best part about podcasts is that there’s a niche for everyone. Whether you’re into finance or the Bachelor, we’ve got you covered on the 3 podcasts we can’t get over. 

Finance is Fun!: The Financial Diet

The Financial Diet is the perfect mix of learning more about finances, different career paths and having fun. Each week Chelsea Fagan interviews a guest with an interesting job position. From Youtubers to publicists, you’re sure to feel like an insider after the episode. Chelsea pressures guests to reveal big financial numbers in their life. For some, it’s how much student debt their in while others discuss how much money they made off one Youtube video. If you’re interested in learning the finances behind different professions, check out this podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts! 

True Crime Crazed: Crime Junkie

If your ideal documentary is on serial killers, then Crime Junkie is the podcast for you. Crime Junkie features two true crime enthusiasts telling stories about the missing, captured, and murdered. Each episode captivates its listeners with a thrilling narration of true-crime from around the world. There are over one hundred episodes to binge, so start listening today! Another true-crime themed podcast that you have to hear is Serial. Serial started the genre of the crime podcasts and is still a true-crime favorite. The hit podcast has three seasons. Each season the hosts investigate a murder case in real-time. With new evidence pilling up each episode, it’ll be hard to pull away from this intense series. 

The Bachelor Nation’s Favorites: The Viall Files

The Bachelor is the show that keeps on giving. Between The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise, ABC produces a season full of love and drama – but mostly drama. Nick Viall, the bachelor in season 21, recaps each episode on his podcast The Viall Files. Bachelor Happy Hour is another amazing podcast where co-hosts and past Bachelor contestants Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrindives dive into each juicy episode. 

Podcasts are great for long car rides, getting ready in the morning, or winding down at night. There are thousands of podcasts to choose from, so you’re sure to find one you like. We hope you’ll love these podcasts just as much as us! 

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