You can read this post to review what I planned for our family’s observance of Lent.
Here’s how Lent went:
- I fasted from internet tv and facebook feed reading. I did find more time in the day. I’ve added these activities back in, but I can already see what a time waster they both are. I honestly can’t remember what books I read instead of using the internet, but I know I got through several.
- PJ made it with no caffeine! I significantly cut back, as well. Word to the wise: never, I repeat, never give up caffeine at the same time as your spouse. Your previously suppressed sin will come rushing to the surface in the wake of low energy, and you with both be really mean to each other. Not that this happened in our house in this holy season.
- We made it halfway through the Piper book. I really enjoyed the readings we did, and we’re going to try to finish soon. Our busyness and laziness got in the way of finishing on schedule. I definitely want to repeat these readings next year, as I think the book is fantastic!
- We did some of our daily devotionals. Sometimes we did three in one day. I liked this set of devotionals, overall. The simple format worked well for our young kids. We might repeat next year.
- We read the Lenten Lights devotionals (most of) Holy Week. These are great devotionals, with powerful sections of Scripture gathered together to tell the great story of Christ’s death and resurrection.
- We did do Easter egg hunts and opened Easter baskets. I really enjoy egg hunts, and I liked how ours took place separate from Easter (3-10 days before). I’m ambivalent about Easter baskets. One the one hand, it’s a fun tradition. However, the kids don’t need junk and I really want to keep our focus on Christ. We did the baskets the day before Easter.
- We built a tomb. We made it on Good Friday, and it sat unused on the counter until Sunday. Perhaps a bit earlier construction next year?
- We had a special breakfast on Easter morning, celebrating the glorious resurrection of our wonderful Savior!
I have no family pictures from Easter (SAD!). We loaded the car without taking pictures. The kids ran quickly into church, so I planned to take them afterward. It was pouring rain when we got out of church!
I’ve come to believe that the observance of Lent is an excellent, if not essential, way to prepare my heart for Easter. Lent was still busier than I would like, but the coming of Easter was never far from my mind as it has been in past years. I’m already looking forward to next year!