8 Ways You Can Observe Lent
Written by T.M. Gaouette | March 4, 2014
Ladies, the Lenten season is a time of reflection and repentance. It’s also a time of fasting, penance and prayer. Not all Christian denominations observe Lent, while others take it pretty seriously. But whether or not your denomination observes Lent, you can still take part in your own way, since many of the practices of the Lenten season are great ways to strengthen your Christian faith!
Here are some ways that you can observe the Lenten season:
- Abstain. This is the most popular act of Lent. Give up something that you enjoy. This act of self-sacrifice is reflective of Jesus’ amazing sacrifice for us.
- Reflect. Look back on your life and evaluate your goodness and your sins. Consider them all and how you can do a better job living a Christian life.
- Confess. Some Christian denominations practice the sacrament of reconciliation regularly. If you don’t, consider confession as a way of recognizing your weaknesses. If your church doesn’t offer days for confession, you can still talk with your pastor or confess directly in prayer.
- Repent. As we transition into spring and the time of renewal, consider Lent a great time to repent. It’s a fresh start, right? So set your sins behind you and move forward with a promise to live a Christian life!
- Read your Bible. If you don’t already read your Bible consistently, use this Lenten season as a time to set a goal of a book or two to finish.
- Pray. Christians should pray “constantly,” no matter what time of year it is. So use Lent as a reminder of how important it is. Get back into the habit of prayer as an all day, every day commitment!
- Do for others. The Lenten season is not just about self-sacrifice…you can also use the time to give to those who are in need or volunteer your time.
- Make a life change. Don’t just reserve the above observations for the Lenten season; make them a way of life! The Lenten season should be the beginning of a life change. And every year Lent should be a time to step up and strengthen our faith, because, let’s face it, we all could be better Christians!
Ladies, do you observe the Lenten season? How? Share with us, we so love to hear from you!