What is Lent?
Lent is the season of preparation for Easter. It starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter. We prepare for Easter by fasting and practicing spiritual discipline during this time - to reflect on His sacrifices. Basically, Lent is a time for "spring cleaning" our lives and spirit while giving thanks to God and strengthening our relationship with Him.
It is important to us that our family understands the importance of this season, the true meaning and why we celebrate. I think that Lindsay at PassionateHomemaking has some really great, kid-friendly Lent activities that will help reinforce and help our kids understand the messages of this season. I've also found a few other sites that have been tremendous resources for us:
SortaCrunchy: Resources for Lent and Easter
PassionateHomemaking: Intentionally celebrating Lent and Easter
Aslan's Library: Walking through Lent with Children
ClassyChaos: How to explaine Lent to children & activities for Lent
BibleGateway: Lent reading plan (walks you through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. I am using this daily, as well as my devotional)
For me, I have made the decision to remove the following from my daily life during Lent, in order to cleanse myself and bring myself closer to God:
* swearing - to cleanse my emotions (sometimes I can make a sailor blush)
* fried foods - to cleanse my body
What will you be giving up during Lent? What are some of the acitivities that you and your family do to celebrate the season? I would love to hear any ideas you have!
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