Today is the first day of Lent.
In my previous post, I wrote more to the history, how, and why of Lent – the significance of the 40 days, why traditionally people give thing up or add things in, etc. It gives a tiny glimpse into one experience that helped shape my faith, so please read if you need a little more back story on what Lent is and how it can impact our faith. But, I didn’t want to leave you hanging there, so here are some suggestions and great resources on how to intentionally observe Lent individually and as a family!
Ideas of things to Give Up:
Here some more unique ideas of things to give up, but some common (but definitely impactful) ideas include giving up:
- prepackaged or fast-food
- shopping (for all non-essentials)
- using the dishwasher (I wish I had a dishwasher to give up :)
Ideas/Uses of time that could be Added-In:
- Daily time with God
- Reading the Gospels
- Reading books about Christian Living, such as: Mere Christianity (faith foundation) Radical (convicting), or 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess (a hilarious call to action).
- Praying for or with your spouse/kids
Resources for Observing Lent with Kids:
- Intentionally celebrating Lent as a Family (my favorite – this offers fantastic ideas and tons of resources)!
- 10 Lenten Traditions for your Family
- 40 Lenten Activities for Kids
- Lent with Kids (a week-to-week guide/activities)
Do you observe Lent as a Family? Have you in the past? How? Or are you hoping to start this as a family faith-building tradition?
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