Lent is the perfect season to re-dedicate ourselves as followers of Christ as we prepare to celebrate His resurrection on Easter. As children, we might have decided which of our favorite foods, toys or games to give up for 40 days, but Lent is so much more than giving up Chocolate or TV. The focus, as I was very recently reminded by Kathryn Whitaker at Team Whitaker, should be on Love.
Lent should be about how we love God, others and ourself. So, rather than look at these thinks below to incorporate them all or a bunch into a Lenten plan, read them with the idea that something in one may speak to your heart about where you are on your Journey with God right now.
Find something that will help bring you closer to discipleship in preparation for His Resurrection.
I start my list with my favorite because it came from my family. 40 Ways to Give for 40. My kids and I a couple of years ago tried to think of ways to serve others during Lent. We merged our Sacrifice, Almsgiving and Prayer into a list of ideas for Lent. It is my "go-to" list when I find myself thinking about how I can see Jesus in others and serve them during Lent.
- 40 Ways to Give in Lent - Ideas to Give of yourself or to others for 40 days.
- Ash Wednesday and Lent in Two Minutes - Video from Busted Halo
- Don't Give Up for Lent
- Best Lent Ever from Dynamic Catholic
- Lenten Books for the Family
- 40 Ideas for 40 Days from Joe Paprocki
- Preparing Our Hearts During Lent
- Printable Lenten Calendar for Kids
- Red-Light Lent
- 7 Ways to Practice Lent - Free eBook from Joe Paprocki
- How Do the 3 Pillars of Lent Prepare our Hearts for Christ?
- Lenten Activities for Children
- Planning for Lent - Free Lenten Printable Planning Pages
- Sound Mind and Spirit's Lent Pinterest Board
Remember, don't be overwhelmed. Lent is about doing (or not doing) something to grow closer to God. There isn't a checklist and sometimes there really isn't a plan. It's a journey of sacrifice, prayer and giving that ultimately leads to the most gracious gift ever given to us.