This Lenten Season

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Each year the Christian church takes the 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays) as a time to focus on our relationship with God. This period is called Lent and we use this time to bring us closer to understanding the sacrifice of our savior, Jesus Christ. We use these 40 days to remind us of his fasting and prayer in the wilderness when he was tempted by Satan. Some people use the time to abstain from sweets or meat or caffeine. Some people use the time to add to their life through prayer or acts of service.

During this time Craig and I will be fasting on Monday’s (along with the rest of our church) so we can use that time to be in earnest prayer. In addition, we will try to take daily walks after dinner to work on our relationship and to strengthen our prayer life together. We will be working out our physical bodies through exercise as well as working out our minds through prayer. For those who are looking for ideas to help them observe this time of lent I’m sharing with you a Top Ten List of things you can try. God bless!

THINGS YOU CAN TRY FOR THE LENTEN SEASON

10. Try an electronic fast. Give up TV, Guitar Hero, texting, tweeeting, e-mail and all things electronic for one day every week. (or everyday of Lent!) Use the time to read & pray.

9. Start a prayer rhythm. Say a prayer every time you brush your teeth, hear an ambulance, or check your e-mail. Before you text someone, pray for them.

8. Read one chapter in the Bible each day. (Matthew’s a good book to start with. Psalms, too.)

7. Forgive someone who doesn’t deserve it (maybe even yourself.)

6. Give up soft drinks, fast food, tea or coffee. Give the money you save to help folks in Haiti or others in crisis.

5. Create a daily quiet time. Spend 30 minutes a day in silence and prayer.

4. Cultivate a life of gratitude. Write someone a thank you letter each week and be aware of how many people have helped you along the way.

3. Be kind to someone each day.

2. Pray for others you see as you walk to and from classes or drive to and from work.

1. Volunteer one hour or more each week with a local shelter, tutoring program, nursing home, prison ministry or a Habitat for Humanity project.

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