Oh Lent is almost here and except for a little bit of musing and thinking I’m not completely prepared. Of course, that might be appropriate – even Jesus didn’t quite seem to see things coming when he prepared for his ministry. He didn’t have a road map telling him to do x, y and z and these days. He probably had to wing it a lot too. Thank goodness for that guiding Holy Spirit.
I’ve had the good fortune this year to be positively surrounded by excellent resources. So any amazing ministries and woman putting their heads together to offer resources and guidance. Of course, decision fatigue and fear can be a real thing. Where do I start? Should I do them all? What if I miss out? So many good choices sometimes makes me freeze up so I wanted to break it down a little bit more for my fellow mama’s who might be doing things a bit last minute and don’t know where to start.
Step One: Ask yourself this – “Am I devotional person?”. Seriously, sometimes we get so caught with it being there that we don’t ask ourselves if it fits our personality or time constraints. If you are a devotional person excellent. Hold tight there’s more to come. If you’re not a devotional person it’s okay; maybe exactly what you need is just a good spiritual book or a little more quiet prayer. Listen to that little voice, it’s probably the Holy Spirit.
Step Two: If you are a devotional gal here’s your next question – “Do I need to get offline for Lent?” This is a big one because signing up for something that will require online interaction or daily emails while you’re trying to step away from social media is going to throw a lot of temptation in your path. Jesus didn’t go seeking out the Devil in the desert and neither should you.
Step Three: No matter your answer to Step Two ask yourself what you need to get from your devotional. Is it time to put your thoughts in order? The chance to do more heavy scripture reading? Do you need inspiration from fellow women? Do you need something you can really sink some time into or something you can do during nap time or on the bus?
So now that you’ve answered those questions I’m going to introduce you to some resources. Remember your answers! Each of these resources is amazing and beautiful. Each of these resources is worth supporting, but what’s important here is that you make the best decision for you this year.
Blessed is She Lenten Devotional:
- goal setting every single week of Lent
- reflections to help you pray through the week
- journeying with and learning about Saints
- Gospel readings every day of Lent
- journal space for prayer and tracking your personal Lenten sacrifices and goals
Waiting in the Word Devotional
- An online newsletter
- Weekly instead of daily scripture meditation
- Journaling space with daily scripture meditation
- Facebook community for interact, support and inspiration throughout Lent.
- Options for personal and group study; comes with an optional “Leader’s Guide”.
- Download format is good for Ereaders or to be printed in a physical copy.
- Exclusive access to the daily workshop community to guide you through every day of Lent and access to the author for encouragement, allowing you ample opportunity to discuss the content of the essays in a private space with other participants and Elizabeth. Each day is a retreat-like experience.
- The beautiful full-color 180 page ebook Talking Together About Restoration: A full-length guidebook for wholehearted healing of mind, body and soul.
- Another beautiful ebook, Quiet Time for Lent: One-page daily devotions from Ash Wednesday through Easter Saturday to incline your days towards Him who restore.
- Downloadable podcasts with: Sarah Mackenzie, Danielle Bean, Colleen Mitchell, Ginny Sheller, Aimee Kollmansberger, Anne Bogel, and Ann Voskamp and printable transcripts of all the podcasts
- Full color tutorials for these ways to connect your heart with your hands: Healing Salve and Bath Salts, Flannel Cozies,
- Sweatproof headbands to sew (and a no sew version), Knitted washcloths and crocheted washcloths, Beautiful (really!) reusable kitchen cloths, Embellished hand towels (and a quick version for mamas with babies), Pretty vases for your Easter table (and beyond) and Fabric-covered prayer journals
- Printables with quotes and prayers, organizing templates for your home and your life, and lockscreen reminders for your phone.
- Continuing community after the workshop ends in a private Facebook group.