Ash Wednesday is HERE!
So, I guess this means that I finally have to nail down what I will be doing this Lent, right? Nothing like the nth hour, eh? 🙂
After much consideration and after looking at different links and suggestions, I have come up with the things that I am going to give up/take on during these 40 days in which I am attempting to adequately prepare myself for the celebration of Easter and grow in conformity to Christ.
Posting them up here is an attempt to secure the encouragement and accountablility of *you*: the 1 or 2 people who may read my blog. 🙂
In no particular order:
- Read only spiritual/classic literature (Good thing I finished reading Twilight last night! And this will be a little difficult, because I *just* bought 2 YA novels and am about 1/4 of the way through one of them.)
- Exercise at least 15 minutes, 3 days a week
- Spend at least 15 minutes each day decluttering my house, and have at least one “package” of donations make it to a charity before Easter
- Lectio Divina, daily
- Liturgy of the Hours, daily
- Examination of Conscience, daily
- Adoration, weekly
- Confession, weekly
- Prayer journal, daily
- 15 minutes of silence/listening to God, daily
- Listen to only classical music/spiritual podcasts
- Post something spiritual/share the faith on the blog at least once a week
- Leave an encouraging or positive comment on someone else’s blog post, daily (instead of my usual habit of reading them and not commenting)
- Give up fast food
- Study the life of a different saint per week
- Get caught up on my to-do list by Easter (this list is *almost* 2 years behind, and is only going to grow with all these items which I am about to add to it!)
That’s it! That’s my Lent! I do these things, not so that I “look good,” but in an honest attempt to provide more structure to my life and grow in holiness and self-mastery.
I’m interested to hear what your plans are for Lent, too! I think that, as a Body of Christ, it helps so much to know that others have your back. 🙂