((awesome journal & photo from naptime diaries))
Lent officially begins today, and even though Easter is extra late this year (not till April 20th), lent snuck up on me this week.
I’ve never been a strict observer of lent, but there are many elements I love. I am particularly prone to busyness and the excess of the every day. Observing the lent season is like putting a hush over all of the crazy. Setting my feet back on solid ground. Making time to be still. Fixing my eyes back on Jesus, and re-aligning my heart with his.
I wrote a post on this very topic a couple years ago, called Lent: Preparation & Repentance. Jesus taught on the assumption we would take time apart to fast (matthew 6:17). This clearly does not have to be during the Lenten season, but it does take the time to prepare our hearts for Easter.
This morning I texted a friend asking if she had any specific lent plans. Our conversation turned towards devotionals or resources worth going through during this season, and since I do love resources, I decided to post the ones I found on here:
- 2014 Lenten Devotional from the Denison Forum [pdf]
- An Easter Devotional: Trail to the Tree from Ann Voskamp. (only 17 readings for 40 days! Perfect for the can’t-commit-to-40-days types) [pdf]
- Lenten Lights: weekly devotionals from Desiring God [blog]
- Come to the Table: 40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor by Chris Seay (Only $.99 on kindle today! I read this in 2012; wrote this post about it.) [book]
- 2014 Lent Guide from the Village Church [pdf]
- The Final Days of Jesus by Andreas J. Kostenberger & Justin Taylor [blog with info about the book]
- Fifty Reasons Jesus Came to Die by John Piper [book, but also free pdf here]
Hope the list is helpful! I haven’t decided yet what my “plan” is, but I like the idea of thinking outside the box. One of the guides I saw recommended picking a different type of fast per week. i.e. food one week, shopping one week, social media one week, etc. (Maybe I like this idea because it sounds familiar?)
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy! -Psalm 126:3
PS- have any other resources you’d recommend for Lent? Please comment & link below!