Sodas - I usually get my Polar Pop full of diet cherry pepsi with crushed ice on my way to work/campus and nurse it all day long....it's almost a security blanket just to have it near me.
Road snacks on the way out of town....
Valentine's Day....42 hand-made valentines for the girls' classes with no candy treats. I worried the girls would be disappointed, but sophia bragged to her classmates that hers were "homemade"...
Groceries....this has been hard, and it's only been a week! What's essential and what's just a want? I think I crossed the line a little today when I bought some special cookies to go on our Valentine's Dinner chocolate torte.
Curtains...we painted the bathroom over Christmas break, and I just decided what kind of curtains I want to make...but we've got a frosted window, so it can wait a bit longer!
I'm not really about depriving myself just because it's Lent....but every time I say no to eating out, every time I refrain from spending money on a pack of gum or a polar pop with crushed ice (oh, how I love thee...), I'm reminded of how differently the rest of the world lives, and our responsibility to care for those who have less.
I'm also struck by how it's affecting the rest of my life. My whole family has noticed how much more calm and patient I've been this week (I'm trying to ignore the implication that I'm not normally patient and calm). I can't help but believe that when I stop numbing myself with buying and consuming, it allows God to fill those parts of me that want to be filled.
And He's so much better than a polar pop!!