February 17, 2010

Lent at our house

Little One will be four in less than a month (I can't believe it!), and we've tried to come up with some ideas for Lent that she can start to embrace. One thing that we are doing as a family (besides praying together) is to fast from shopping (except for birthdays and necessities). Now, I'm not saying that we buy a lot of stuff, but both my husband and I do have a tendency to buy little things here and there for our daughter - or for ourselves for that matter. I don't remember getting things growing up outside of Christmas, birthdays, and the occasional visit to grandparents (when we got to have "special" cereal and candy). So, this family sacrifice is both for Little One and us: how to have patience, learn self-control, and detach from material things.

I also purchased (yes, before today) several small books on Lent, Easter, and the Stations of the Cross that we can read during this time. We will be purchasing canned goods and donating them to our church's food pantry each week, and lighting purple candles at dinner.

Katie has some great ideas as well. I will attempt to make and hang pictures for our own Stations of the Cross around the house.

Praying that this Lenten season brings you closer to God.

4 comments:

Bob West said...

God has greatly gifted you
I enjoyed visiting your blog
God Bless;

http://westbob.blogspot.com/2010/02/encourager-part-1.html

Diana said...

Thank you for visiting! God bless.

Lucy said...

Thanks for the reminder about making the stations of the cross. I've been ill and I forget so much.:)
FYI We just posted a recipe for clam chowder for Lent at our blog.
In Christ,
Lucy
www.mysticalrosedesign.blogspot.com

Diana said...

Yum! I will have to try your recipe.

As far as the stations of the cross, I haven't printed them off for Little One to color yet. Bad me. But we are reading her new stations of the cross book.

God bless!
Diana