It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Friday, March 11, 2011

Chapter 3, Page 11, Book 11


Steps for a more meaningful Lenten season

SLOW DOWN. Set aside 10 minutes a day for silent prayer or meditation. It will revitalize your body and your spirit.

READ A GOOD BOOK. You could choose a spiritual how-to, or one of many inspirational books available.

BE KIND. Go out of your way to do something nice for someone else every day.

GET INVOLVED. Attend a Lenten lecture or spiritual program.

VOLUNTEER AT YOUR CHURCH. Whether it’s cleaning the church or helping with the food drive, it will give you a chance to help others.

PRAY. Especially for people you don’t like and for people who don’t like you.

TUNE OUT. Turn off the television and spend quality time talking with family members or friends.

CLEAN OUT CLOSETS. Donate gently used items.

DONATE. Pick one mission and decide how you can help by sending money, clothing or supplies.

If we approach Lent as a celebration, it is refreshing and full of life, and each passing year has something new to give us. It is my hope that this approach will help us celebrate these forty days with some relish as a grace filled period and opportunity God has made possible to benefit us. It's a time to celebrate the gift of now and the gift of today.

Lent is a time of waiting, preparation, and anticipation leading up to Easter. Lent can make a profound difference in a believer’s life. Lent is a season during which we have yet another opportunity to check our spiritual fitness. We can benefit from the richness of our faith as Lent gives us some wonderful opportunities for daily prayers, times of reflection and many ways to help others.

Did you know that Pretzels originated in Europe during the Middle Ages. A monk was making unleavened bread for Lent with flour and water because eggs, milk and lard were not consumed as part of the Lenten fast. He twisted some of the dough into the shape of people praying with both arms folded across their chests. He decided it would be a perfect treat for children learning to say their prayers. He called the treats pretiola, the Latin word for little reward

I hope that we'll all be enjoying the little rewards of Lent each day. Perhaps today and throughout Lent we can make sure we value what's really important in our lives

Have a FANTASTIC Friday!

'On Ya'-ma


jack69 said...

Good advice as usual and new info. I did not know that about Pretzels.

Take care and have a great day!

grammy said...

as always ... good advice (o:

betty said...

that was intersting about the pretzels, Ma; I didn't know that. I liked all your steps for a more meaningful Lenten season, all those listed take the focus off of a me-centered attitude and a God-centered attitude to get out and help others plus spend more time praying to and thinking about God. Love how you are sharing these with us, Ma; thank you!


Bookncoffee said...

Pretty buttercups. I took some pics of ours today. Hopefully in the blog tomorrow. Take care and have a great weekend.