For the upcoming 40+ days, 6+ weeks of Lent, my goal is to prepare my heart for the joy of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. My secondary goal is to avoid treating Lent as a precursor to beach season but rather as a true time of self-denial, repentance, prayer and dependence on God’s grace and mercy. I have decided on six challenges which will begin on Wednesday and end on Tuesday of each week, except for the last week which will run from Wednesday to the next Sunday. Each of these six have their separate struggles, BUT I look forward to experiencing Lent in a few different ways rather than only one. At the conclusion of each challenge I will write a reflection on the blog so you can follow along with me.
Here they my challenges in the order of each week I will complete them:
Give up Sweets: Jess is giving up sweets/desserts for all of Lent. I figure I will be a good wife and help get him started on the right foot. Also, it’s Valentines week so I know we will both struggle resisting sugar.
Drink Only Water: No coffee, no alcohol, no tea, only water. My tastebuds are bored already!
Write Letters: Every day I will choose one person to write an actual pen-and-paper letter to. I’m excited about this one because I am TERRIBLE at sending real cards, but it’s something I’ve wanted to be better about.
Minimal Makeup (powder only): Bye eyeshadow! See ya later eyeliner! Hello pasty, white face. It won’t be so bad, right?
Wear Black: Lent is a time of repentance and humility in anticipation of the joy of Easter and the Risen Christ. Wearing black is symbolic of this, but also limits my closets by about 95%.
No Social Media: This is the longest challenge and will probably be the roughest of them all. I spend idle time unintentionally on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, wasting hours over a week. For one week I will shut these apps down and focus on face to face relationships and intentional periods of rest and reflection instead.
During each of these six challenges I will go through the She Reads Truth Lent Study to help me dig into the word. If you have never checked out this resource I urge you to click the link and peruse their site. They have beautiful artwork and in depth studies available online, in print, and on their app.
Who’s with me? Are you trying something new this year for Lent? Do you like to give up or add to? I’d love to hear from you!