Lent’s agenda is to be honest about brokenness. So the season has historically incorporated habits that remove the walls we use to conceal our broken parts. Walk the season of Lent by removing these walls through specific practices and habits. “Break stuff” with these practices.
Break Crutches: What’s your crutch? Caffeine? Candy? Impulsive spending? Do without it for this season.
Break Noise: Declare specific times of silence in your day by setting certain moments to be “Electronic Free.” Three nights a week - no TV, computer, tablet, ipod . . . phone?
Break Distance: Are you distant from someone because of a dispute, fight, or past event? Go to them and be reconciled.
Break Bad Habits: We often develop bad habits as coping mechanisms – over-eating, abusing drugs or alcohol, smoking, procrastinating, gossiping, etc. Identify a bad habit and break it.
Break Silence with God: God wants you to call on him. Has it been awhile? Have your prayers faltered? For these 40 days, wake up an hour earlier than normal and pray.
3/10/2014 04:54:16 am
Jeff! What a simple way to think about Lent....love it. My family wrote out 40 names on Ash Wednesday and we are praying for one each night at the supper table. There is just nothing better than hearing my kiddos pray fervently for their friends and family members!
3/12/2014 10:31:22 am
Natalie, that sounds cool. Do you let the people know that you're praying for them? Add me as a 41st!
3/13/2014 03:31:16 am
Nope, we don't but, that would be a neat idea too! Just prayed for you as I sang through "Oceans" :
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