Lenten Practices

With about three weeks left in Lent, you may be feeling worn down. You’ve broken your Lenten practice and you’re just looking forward to the abundance Easter brings. Easter will be here soon, but in the meantime, we still have three weeks of reflection and prayer. Here are some Lenten practices written by Sheana to reinvigorate your own practices.

This Lent, I have spent a lot of time looking up Lenten practices and thinking up some of my own. Here are 13 that I really like.

 

  • At the end of each day spend a few minutes in reflection. Reflect on the nature of your day, week, month, or year. Think about those that have impacted the manner in which it has been shaped, the goals you set for yourself, your successes and failures, your emotions, lessons learned, experiences had, growth achieved, and how God’s hand played a part in it all.

 

  • Read the Bible daily and spend some time in prayer.

 

  • Pray for someone new each day; perhaps a family member, a friend, someone you have lost contact with, someone you just met, or even someone you have never talked to.

 

  • Write down something you are grateful for each day.

 

  • Send out a note, letter, email, or make a phone call to someone who impacted your life. Do it without the expectation of a response.

 

  • List out things you would like to do this lent and pick one to do each day. These can be anything, ranging from avoiding snacks, journaling, writing a letter of thanks, eating fresh produce, to visiting someone, doing a random act of kindness, and meditating.

 

  • Think about the different ways in which you spend money (shopping, eating out, etc.). Pick one to cut down on during lent.

 

  • Think of ways to reduce your carbon footprint and practice them. Maybe you can make a more conscientious effort to recycle, choose to walk or bike places more, turn lights off when you are not in the room.

 

  • Make it a point to make yourself more aware of local and global issues. Learn more about the social justice issues that affect those around us (human trafficking, hunger, mass incarceration, poor healthcare, poor educational opportunities, poverty, racism etc.) Pick something that you would like to learn more about and further your education on the issue. Learn what you can do to help.

 

  • Be more intentional with your words and actions. Be aware of how they are perceived and how they affect those around you.

 

  • Reflect on your life and the indulgences in it. Think about cutting back on being excessive.

 

  • Pick something you are passionate about and find time to do it. This could just be making more time to read, knit, or bake, or even learning something new like the piano.

 

  • Make a Lenten almsgiving to a specific cause and involve yourself in the cause itself. Learn more about it.

Lent is a time of prayer, spiritual and personal reflection, and almsgiving. It is a time of growth and understanding. It is a time to spend with God and his children. I hope some of these practices are inspiring to you and if adopted will help you on your Lenten journey. May God bless you all.

 

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