Lent is one of those seasons that seems to slip by me many years. I have great intentions of doing something "big", something to take me out of the ordinary, but then life gets in the way and I lose focus.
This year, I'm already in the midst of a "Bible in 90 Days" reading challenge. I think Lent is the perfect time to focus on this. I'm behind on my reading schedule, mostly due to my recent surgery-- it turns out that trying to focus on 12 pages of Bible reading per day is pretty hard when you're medicated! Anyways, my Lenten challenge to myself is to get caught up on my reading and finish on time with my group.
This will mean giving up more computer time than I already have, and I'm glad... the computer is SUCH a temptation and time waster for me! I can't completely break away from the computer, as my calendar and menu planning resources are online, but I can definitely make a conscious choice to limit my online "play" time.
I'm also trying some things with the kids. For one, I printed out these fun Lenten Calendar for Kids from Catholic Icing. The kids are excited about coloring them each day. We've also signed up for the FREE Lenten Adventure emails, which will deliver daily puzzles, videos, games, etc. for the kids. (I am in no way affiliated with this program but I've heard that it's good, so I'm trying it!)
I love the idea of Three Sided Wheel's Bean Jar, where one family adds beans to the jar each time a child does some small sacrifice. On Easter, the beans are switched out for jelly beans, to signify the sweet reward that we will one day receive. Isn't that beautiful? I'm not sure my family will do that this year, but I'm filing the idea away for another time.
What about you? Are you doing anything different to observe Lent this year?