It’s the season of Lent now. And even though I didn’t grow up in a faith community that ever observed Lent (nor am I a part of one that observes it now), I am nonetheless drawn toward this idea of taking time to intentionally focus on Jesus and to prepare my heart for the celebration of Easter.
I know a lot of people give up something as part of Lent…some people fast, others spend extra time in prayer, some people give things away or serve others in some special way. The idea is to focus on simple living, fasting, and prayer in order to grow closer to God. I love that. And it seems like there could be many ways to observe Lent, even if you’re not part of a church or a faith community that corporately observes it.
Maybe you’re a little like me and would like to do something this Lenten season but aren’t really sure what to do or where to start. Here are some resources I’m using this year in these weeks leading up to Easter:
She Reads Truth, Near The Cross Plan – this is a daily Lent devotional that I am reading along with. I’ve done several of their other studies, and they are great! You can access each day’s devotion for free on the website, or you can download the app and purchase the devotions that way. I will be reading this Lent devotion every morning as a part of my personal quiet time.
A Lent To Repent And Refresh, by Ann Voskamp – I adore Ann. And she has put together this new, 40-day set of daily prayers to pray during all of Lent. They also double as ornaments that can be hung each day on an Easter Tree. (Link to the printables is at the bottom of her post) I love this resource. I will be praying these prayers every day right up until Easter, asking God to draw me closer to Him, repenting of the sin in my heart, and reflecting on all that He has done.
Easter Family Devotions Kit – this is a little kit I put together last year for our family, to help up prepare for Easter. It’s not necessarily a “Lent” devotion kit (it’s only 14 days of devotions, ideas and activities), but we will be using this again this year in the two weeks leading into Easter to help us focus on Jesus and prepare our hearts for Easter. Feel free to use parts or all of this kit for your own family if you want! :)
What does your family do to observe Lent or prepare for Easter? What is your favorite resource for this season? I’d love to hear some of your thoughts and ideas! :)