Today is Ash Wednesday, which some of you may know marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a 40-day period of time before Easter. Growing up with a Catholic background, Lent was always a big deal in my family and something we observed every year before Easter.
When I was younger, I often gave up things, like candy or chocolate or a bad habit. But as I’ve gotten older, I find I lean toward adding things to my life that bring me nearer to Jesus in some way, helping me to better grasp the significance of Easter for my faith.
As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve lost touch with my habit of reading the bible and praying regularly. Lately, it seems to be something I do when I feel like it, not something I create time for each day. So, for Lent this year I’m keeping it simple and dedicating time each day to getting back into that habit. After all, how can my heart be prepared for Easter if I’m not spending time with God regularly?
It’s such a simple thing to start the day spending time with God, and it can look so different for everyone. For me, I plan to sit down with my bible and journal, reading and writing out my prayers because that’s how I pray most authentically. I’m eager to see what will come from this season and will be sure to update you all on how everything went once Easter rolls around.
Do you observe lent? What will you add or take away from your life this season to prepare your heart for Easter?