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8 Ways You Can Observe Lent

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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!

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  1. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on March 6, 2014 at 00:48

    I will try this more often!!

  2. Mandi_lee2014

    Posted by Mandi_lee2014 on March 5, 2014 at 17:28

    Personally I feel 2-8 should be things we are regularly doing as Christians. I mean I understand not everyone does, but things like reading your Bible, praying, and helping others are things that any Christian living for Christ would be doing.

    Outside of that, I have never been in a church that practices Lent, however I have noticed the church I am at now a lot of people do abstain from something for the 40 days. Personally, I feel it’s something that is too close to religion and just a tradition that I would rather do fasts on my own accord (as God leads me) than to do something because “it’s Lent”.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by girl4godR on March 8, 2014 at 10:08

      I agree! Lent is a great reason to give up something if that’s part of what your demonization does, but you shouldn’t do it just for the religion part. It should definitely be about following what God wants you to do. God challenging you to fast from something definitely doesn’t have to be in this part of the year or only once a year. Great thoughts!

    • Mandi_lee2014

      Posted by Mandi_lee2014 on March 5, 2014 at 17:29

      And I may be wrong, but I was under the impression that Lent you were supposed to abstain from something. Like abstaining from something and repentance were what made up Lent (as far as the tradition of Lent goes)

      • Paris

        Posted by Paris on March 5, 2014 at 19:16

        I agree with you Mandi. If you do something because you have to,you won’t always have your heart in it. God requires us to fast,pray and read the bible and such,but it should be done with a willing heart. And I am not saying people who observe let don’t. In no way am I knocking this tradition. It is only my opinion.

  3. James122

    Posted by James122 on March 5, 2014 at 07:18

    I’ve never fasted before, or observed Lent, but I think maybe I might try it in my own little way (these posts about Lent and fasting are very encouraging!)

    I don’t know if I can fast food, I have a high metabolism, so I eat a lot already, but maybe I can fast other things, like suggested in one of PI’s other fasting posts, such as giving up surfing the internet and watching videos before bed, and replace it with reading my Bible.

    Thanks, PI 🙂

  4. Posted by Nicole on March 4, 2014 at 22:55

    This is wonderful! What a great reminder. Thank you 🙂