WFMW: Lent Calendar

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It's Works For Me Wednesday, and do you know what works for me?

A Lent Calendar
(Click here to print one.)

I grew up Baptist, so we didn't celebrate Lent. I had a Catholic boyfriend at one point, but the concept of Lent did not really enter my brain until I married an Episcopalian. Then I had to learn a whole bunch of new stuff, and Lent was part of it. Now we are Presbyterians, and guess what? They celebrate Lent! So, I'm starting to embrace it.

I haven't gotten to the point of giving something up, (maybe next year) but I do appreciate the idea of preparing for Easter. Christmas gets a lot of build up. There is major anticipation, we count down, and we promise, "Its almost here!"

But Easter? Easter always springs up on me. (Pun intended . . . sorry.)

Because Christmas is, well, Christmas, Easter feels like second place. Easter is not second place! Easter is IT - I mean, Christ rising from the dead is sort of the KEY to Christianity. Right?? Easter is huge! There should be build up. There should be preparation. There should be excitement, and discussion.

We are working on that at my house with the Lent Calendar. I linked to it here, so maybe you are doing it, too? Every morning, we open it up, and see where we are. The kids came up with the idea for all of us to take turns coloring.


Can you tell?

The anticipation builds as we mark off squares and get closer to the Jesus pictures. The calendar is for the children, but it is helping me, too. Each square reminds me to think about Easter; to keep it in the front of my mind so that when it arrives, I give it the attention it deserves. When I look at the squares, and think about Jesus passing each one, I am reminded that He knew. He knew what He was moving towards, 40 days out, 30 days out, ten. . . He knew. And still, He went. He went, and He died, and then He lived.

It is still hard for me to wrap my mind around that. But forty days of Lent, with more intense focus, preparation, helps.

Are you celebrating Lent? How?
If you gave something up, will you tell us about it?


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9 Responses to “WFMW: Lent Calendar”

  1. I love this road map that you color in. I think it's easy to forget Lent, and as you said have Easter spring up on you. I think next year I am going to have to print off a chart just like you did. I know my children would appreciate the visual, and there is something deep about preparing for the Holy Week and Easter that way.

    Loved your post!

    Rachel
    {and I found you via your comment on 5MinutesforFaith}

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  2. What a great gift you are giving your family!
    You are so right...LENT IS IT!!
    The 3 pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving so I am doing that in various ways for the next 40 days.
    If interested, i am posting daily thoughout Lent with prayers and scripture.
    Blessings, Jill

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  3. this is a great idea. I actually bought a wooden lent calendar from ann voskamps' son at a holyexperience.com and we are reading Amon's Adventure several times a week. My boys beg me to read more - and lighting the candles and drinking tea has become an actual ritual.
    Blessings!
    LIB
    read about it here: http://bit.ly/g3q8CX

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  4. Love this little calendar - definitely going to print it out (two in fact; no fighting). Easter is big in our house b/c it is the one holiday we have embraced as our own to celebrate in our church and our home. We do special things, spend lots of time at church during Holy Week and really focus on faith and family. This year we will be adding "Resurrection Eggs" to our special activities. They come highly recommended by several in my Mom's Group. Picked them up at Family Christian Store.
    Peace to you!

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  5. ps - Instead of giving something up this year, I took a page from your book and started getting up early to spend some time in the Good Book. Loving that. Thanks.

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  6. I like it! Counting down to Easter makes even more sense than counting down to Christmas because Easter is at various times each spring, so it's easy to lose track of how far off it is.

    You might like this reflection on waiting for Easter that I wrote last year: It's Only Monday.

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  7. I like it! Counting down to Easter makes even more sense than counting down to Christmas because Easter is at various times each spring, so it's easy to lose track of how far off it is.

    You might like this reflection on waiting for Easter that I wrote last year: It's Only Monday.

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  8. Love this little calendar - definitely going to print it out (two in fact; no fighting). Easter is big in our house b/c it is the one holiday we have embraced as our own to celebrate in our church and our home. We do special things, spend lots of time at church during Holy Week and really focus on faith and family. This year we will be adding "Resurrection Eggs" to our special activities. They come highly recommended by several in my Mom's Group. Picked them up at Family Christian Store.
    Peace to you!

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  9. this is a great idea. I actually bought a wooden lent calendar from ann voskamps' son at a holyexperience.com and we are reading Amon's Adventure several times a week. My boys beg me to read more - and lighting the candles and drinking tea has become an actual ritual.
    Blessings!
    LIB
    read about it here: http://bit.ly/g3q8CX

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