Invitation to Lent
We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun!
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. I look at this day as an invitation to learn, grow, and give. This is a reminder that we will leave this earth one day and scripture reminds us of that in Genesis 3:19, “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
This is a day set aside for prayer, fasting, and repentance. I know we do most of these things during the year. However, this is a time created to be set a part for us to learn more about who I am in Christ in prayer and reading scripture. Grow in the fruits of the spirit by fasting , and give to the poor and that can be poor in knowledge of Jesus or the poor and needy of where you live.
As a parent you know that more is caught than taught. This is an opportunity to make memories by teaching them through Sacred Scripture and allowing their faith to become real and a part of who they are. This is a great invitation for all Christians to learn, grow, and give.
Lent Journey For a Busy Mom
Lent is about prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I see it as an invitation to learn who we are in Christ, who God says that I am. This leads me to grow in who he has created me to be as a wife, mother, daughter, and friend so then I can give what I have. I tell our children, "we can only give what we have." I am always having conversation with our children, especially teens and young adults on what they are putting into their hearts through their reading, friends, music, and self talk.
I have designed a small intentional Lent for 2020 Busy Moms. I will be adding scriptures to this list weekly as I study:)
- What fruit of the spirit do you want to grow in?
Fortitude & long suffering are the fruits that I am currently in this season of my life.
- Look up scriptures that go with the fruit of the spirit or virtue. Just go to a Bible App and type in the word.
Bible memorization, Scriptures on who I am in Christ.
- If really pressed for time just read a Proverb for the day that matches the day. This way it's not complicated, March 24th-Proverbs 24:)
- Time, Treasure, Talent
- This can be done while you are grocery shopping by picking up 1 or 2 extra of an item and dropping it off at a shelter or at your church. Do this with your children so they can see and have the experience.
****I have to schedule and put on my calendar, that is how I am intentional. I have to have a goal in mind. I was not this way when I had babies and toddlers. I am in a different season of life. I have to be more organized with my time because we now have 4 teens and 2 tweens and 2 in betweens which equates to a lot of activities.
Lent as an Invitation
During Lent the practice is about fasting. Also, Lent is known for "giving up something" for 40 days. This "giving up" can look different for everyone. This scripture in Isaiah 58 really spells it out with these key words: releasing, sharing, sheltering, clothing, healed, cry, remove, renew, satisfy, and strength. I love God's word, this scripture is so full of practical things to do during Lent.
Jesus came to set the captives free, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly." These are Jesus words in John chapter 10 verse 10.
Fasting is one way, notice I say, "one way" to grow closer to the Lord. Our fasting does not move God, but moves us closer to HIM, the more abundant life!