Seasonal Reflections

How to have your Best Lent Ever

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Do you wish this year could be your best lent ever? What does that mean to you?  Are you sure your Lenten resolutions have you on the right track?

How will you know if you had a “good” Lent? What is necessary to make this happen?

It’s so simple, it’s complicated.

Let God Design it for you!

What does it mean to allow God to design your Lent?

Did you know that God desires unity in your life? He wants you to be at peace. He wants you to have one sole purpose that moves you.

Everything that you do – YES, EVERYTHING – goes to serve that purpose. Even how fast you put away the dishes, whether you make your bed or not, and what apps you have on your phone begin to matter as you start honing in on your call.

Your Lenten Resolutions should not be something you do ON TOP OF whatever else you are doing with your life. They should be something you do BECAUSE of your life.

Did you make good Lenten Resolutions?

Lent isn’t about giving up Facebook and Chocolate (although those could be means to doing something even greater).

Here are some diagnostic questions to help you discern if your resolutions have you on the right path…

1) What season are you in?

Are you a busy parent with young children? Are you struggling with infertility? Maybe your difficulty is your marriage? Maybe it is your job? Your friendships? Your self-acceptance?

Embracing your season is a really good place to start when you think about what God is asking for your Lent. Spend more time savoring your kids, tackling hard projects without procrastination, or spend more time in prayer asking God to show you what He is trying to teach you in your current season.

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2) Are you avoiding God’s plan?

Lent is a beautiful opportunity to analyze our lives according to His purpose. Sometimes we spend more time and energy avoiding God than we would following Him.

Have I been trying hard to do anything that seems contrary to accepting God’s will for my life at the moment? (ie. chemically inducing or avoiding pregnancy, maintaining unhealthy relationships with people, work, or pastimes, constantly repeating the same known sinful behavior, refusing to move out of your parent’s basement because you don’t want to have to be responsible, etc)

3) What is He calling you to do?

Are there unhealthy habits He is asking you to break? Are there relationships that need to be healed or severed? Is God asking you to be more generous with your time or your resources? If service is leaving you empty, maybe He asking you to seek Him more deeply on a personal level? Or is He asking you to “leave the nest”, stop expecting to be cuddled in His lap in order to go out into the world to do more service? (Read also: Spiritual Dryness)

Whatever it is, God’s will will challenge us to step out of our comfort zone.

It will probably not be what we think we WANT to do. In fact, if you think you WANT to do it, it’s most likely NOT what He is asking you to do.

Lenten Resolutions for your best Lent ever

Here are some sample resolutions that are always  good places to start no matter what you are working on this year. Just personalize them and make them specific to your individual situation.

More Silence

This will look different for every person.  For some it could mean not listening to the radio in the car, or changing the station to something more reflective. For me it almost always means a conscientious effort to stop complaining and to not speak at the same time as my husband, or to reiterate what he says, even if I am excited.

More Prayer

This could be fuel for your call to mission, or part of a call to grow draw closer to Him. Your prayer will be different based on your season as well.

For more encouragement in How to Pray – Try the Prayer Course in the Freebie Library.

More Fasting

This isn’t fasting for fasting sake (ie. giving up chocolate or coffee), this is for one of three reasons: 1) to grow in self-mastery, 2) to experience solidarity with Christ in the desert or those less fortunate and to give whatever we would have had for ourselves to someone in greater need, or 3) in petition for strength that does not come from ourselves or the food we eat in order to accomplish a different calling that we haven’t been able to accomplish by our own power – ie. breaking addictions, petitions for “impossible” causes or the grace to accept things as they are.

More Almsgiving

Almsgiving isn’t about giving some money to a noble cause. It is about giving MORE than your means “allow”. It isn’t about how much money you give, but rather that you give EVERYTHING. It is about giving your widow’s mite (cite) and trusting that God will provide.  Almsgiving is symbolic of EVERYTHING.  It means that God has complete control of your time and your finances and that EVERYTHING you do is in service to that – even when it comes to buying groceries. Buy what is good and necessary but do not buy more than you need. Do not buy on whims, or waste anything on frivolous purchases.

Better use of Time

This is very linked to almsgiving. Our time is our most precious possession and how we use it shows whom we serve. Do we serve Him with our time? Or is my time mostly spent in service to myself? Or am I trying to serve this world?  Is my work more important than God? Or is God the source of my work?

Best Lent Ever

I highly recommend checking out Dynamic Catholic’s Best Lent Ever program  for more information and resources on this topic. (It is free and I am not paid to endorse this topic).

NOTE: Yes, Lent is a fundamentally Catholic practice, but the concept is universal. It is something all Christians should embrace to experience a deeper, more rewarding Spiritual life.  Don’t let your “religion” hold you back from something that has the power to change your LIFE!


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Best Lent Ever Program – Dynamic Catholic


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