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February 20, 2007


Andy Crouch

This year I'm giving up tea. I've acquired a great love for tea (and found some really awesome tea suppliers), just great enough that I've been feeling a bit overly dependent on it. I am trusting that I will somehow manage to still be productive between 2 and 4 p.m. by the grace of God!

Our family will also be reading through the Gospel of Mark together at dinner. We've found that the liturgical seasons are really optimal for kids -- they notice the changes at Advent and Lent, as well as the extra feasting at Christmas and Easter, and get very excited about it. It's wonderful to fast and feast together. (I haven't quite managed to get them on board with my year-round Wednesday and Friday vegan fast, though, adopted last fall after I was inspired by my time filming Frederica Mathewes-Green and her family. Ah well.)

Andy Crouch

Oh yes, and you can bet I'm sitting here with a cup of tea on my desk!! I had Chick-Fil-A for lunch too. :)

Al Hsu

A few months ago I was thinking about giving up blogging. Now I'm not sure. Which might mean that I should give it up.

Dan Miller

Not lent specific - but we just got rid of our TV a few weeks ago. So far, it's going well, but perhaps I should let the person that is trying to manage 4 crazy kids all day comment on that :-D

Kelly Hughes

I'm fasting from shopping too as part of an overall attempt to give up mindless consumption during Lent. I did this last year but I remember being chagrined that I broke down and bought something - on Ash Wednesday. With ashes fresh on my forehead.

I also try to give up swearing at people when I'm driving. I find that much, much harder to do than giving up shopping or my other perennial, chocolate. But whether I stick it out for forty days or not, I'm reminded, every year, how much work it is to pay attention to what I'm saying, eating, or buying, and how important it is to do so.

So, Jana, did you go on a mad Fat Tuesday shopping binge?



The current conversation about Rienstra family lenten discipline can be found at our blog, here.



The internet, other than email.

Man. Oh. Man.

Andy Crouch

Lisa -

The Internet? Are you CRAZY???

Oh, wait, she won't answer (or even read this), because she's given up the Internet. :)

There was an interesting piece in the WSJ (I believe) a couple days about people giving up the Internet (including email) for one day a week, featuring a pastor high up in the piece. Er, it's called Sabbath, folks. . .

But giving it up for Lent. Altogether. Wow.


Yikes, I know. I just visited Lisa's blog and it is all dark and shuttered. Waaaaaaah.

Kelly, your confessional about breaking (bending?) Lent with ashes still on your forehead . . . wow. So honest. You deserve Girl Scout cookies just for that candor. Go eat some.


thanks, Jana. If I remember correctly, the girl scout cookies arrived during Lent last year, too. What's up with that?


I took a Buddhist approach and decided to examine my craving and autopilot actions. So I have given up wine. It's been hard. The craving arises between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., then passes. I have not been perfect. But I've been good enough, since I also gave up guilt.

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