Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Preparing for Lent


My second graders (religion class) and I were discussing Lent today. More to the point we were sharing ways to grow closer to Jesus through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Most of the students seemed to have a plan of action...less fighting with siblings, no sweets, one was giving up a particular Nintendo DS game, etc. I was impressed that they'd given it thought, and were excited to "dive right in" to this holy season. I wish I were feeling as prepared. I've thought about it a great deal, and yet can't put my finger on exactly what my plans are. Maybe I'm thinking about it too much...
I read in my "little black book" (a lenten book of reflections distributed by our parish)today:

"We all have a file of resolutions in the back of our mind. These are the ones we usually pull out at a time like this. Maybe we'd do better to put those aside for a moment and find out what God has in mind. It may be something we've never thought of, something that surprises us."

I had initially thought of taking time away from the blog, but dear husband John suggests instead that I should share my lenten journey with you readers. Hope you don't mind if I pass along prayers, reflections, and activities we come across. Afterall, it is my intention to share the blessings we've received, that we may all grow closer to our Saviour. May you all have a blessed Holy Season of Lent.

5 comments:

April said...

We're giving up TV. This is the third Lent that we've done it. It about kills us at first, but by Easter no one really wants to turn it back on. It's a great "family" sacrifice. And we sure get alot more done during the day. Our cable company (Watch TV) lets us go into Vacation mode which is nice because we don't have to pay for it for 40 days.

Anonymous said...

April, who is your TV provider?

wife, mother and so much more! said...

You have a wonderful point, Jamie--pray to God for direction in my Lenten resolution.

I think that a holy hour with Christ is calling my name!!!

April said...

Anonymous, We have a dish company called Watch TV, based out of Lima. Their address is www.watchtv.net. We live out in the country and cable is not available here.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful that John advised you to continue with your blogging. I too, do not have a great plan for this lenten season -- I believe you brought me to it this morning! Thanks for all the spiritual guidance you give to me through this blog!