- Pray more. Create a dedicated prayer time that you can stick to daily. If you already have one, add an additional time for this Lent season. Praying once in the morning and then again in the evening. Focus on listening to and hearing from God.
- Read a daily devotional. This is a great time to really devote yourself to digging deep into the bible. There are many programs that also have reading plans to walk you through the Lent season. i.e. YouVersion.com, and “our daily bread“.
- Create a good habit. During lent it is traditional to give something up, but you could also add something good. If you like to gossip or complain, why not hold your tongue during the next 40 days. You could also use this time to work on being kind and loving. For couples I would recommend adding the 40 day Love Dare during this time.
- Volunteer. In the Catholic church, Lent is also a season of charity. Even if you are not Catholic, this is a great opportunity for you to get involved in your community and start giving back. You could volunteer at a nursing home, homeless shelter, soup kitchen. Try websites like voa.org to find something that fits your personality and interests.
- Fast. Many people choose to fast on Ash Wednesday, and then again on Good Friday. Why not try to fast for the entire 40 days? This does not have to be a water fast, but maybe you could try a “Daniel Fast“. Remember that fasting is a way to bring yourself closer to God, and to hear Him more clearly. There are also other ways to fast such as, fasting till noon daily, or sun up to sun down. If this is your first time fasting, pray and ask God how He would lead you to fast during this time.
- Give up something. Choose a favorite television show, activity, food, or drink/coffee to give up during this time. Make sure that it is something that you truly enjoy. It doesn’t really mean much if it’s something of no interest to you anyway…I’m just saying..
- Give more. This is a great time to work on your “spirit of giving”. If you are not tithing regularly, this is a great opportunity to begin tithing properly. Remember 10%. The bible also say “tithes and offering”, so if you’ve been doing one but not the other, this would be a great time to work on that as well. If you are already tithing and giving your offering accordingly, then why not step it up a notch and begin giving to a local charity as well.
These are just a few ideas I came up with, and many of them can actually be implemented together. Why not try one or two this Lent season. Let me know what you’re giving up for lent this year.
~KM Johnson Davis