Lent 2013: Preparing for Easter

It is that time of year again...Lent! It makes me so excited to think about it because a) I love Easter...He HAS RISEN! and b) bring on SPRING!!!

This year Lent starts on Wednesday, February 13 and ends on Saturday, March 30- so you can mark your calendar!

I have posted a lot of things about Easter in the past few years: recipes, movie ideas, easter basket ideas,  a Holy Week schedule of events, etc..Check them out HERE (or below).  I also always do a post about what I give up for lent (I GIVE UP and GIVE IT UP). I will remind you that as a non-denominational follower of Christ, I am not "required" to give anything up- it is not part of my church teaching that is is mandatory. HOWEVER, I love the tradition that every year for 6 or so weeks I can give something up (sacrifice) that will be a daily reminder to thank God for his ultimate sacrifice of His son. I try to do something that is not in some way selfish- like chocolate or refined sugar- that might be great for some people- but in my deepest heart that would be a sacrifice... but it would also help me shed a few pounds at the same time! (and as you all know- I already gave up desert for the year!) The past two years I have given up social media- it is awesome- it reminds me EVERY MINUTE to thank the Lord and it is so nice to "reset" my "checking in"- it can get out of control. However, this year I can't give that up entirely because the company I work for asks that I manage their social media. I have been thinking a lot about what I want to give up this year- and it is going to be...... Shopping. Other than groceries, diapers or hygiene essentials, I am not going to shop. No online browsing, no sneaking in to my favorite shop for a little "something"- it is going to take organization- I have 3 days to purchase all of the birthday gifts for the next 6 weeks and then no more! I think it will be challenging for me- but I am excited for the reminder to Praise the Lord for his amazing sacrifice! As usual, I will say, Lent is a great time to practice integrity (doing what I say I am going to do even when no one is looking) and show the girls integrity! This will be good for them too- "sorry girls, we cant go shopping because mommy made a commitment!" I am excited! Ok- here are some of my favorite Easter posts- Have a great week!

Here are 10 of my favorite Easter Posts: (feel free to Pin!)
1. Easter Movies
2. Easter Basket Ideas (non-candy)
3. Easter Morning Recipe
4. Resurrection Rolls
5. Easter Activities and Crafts to focus on the REAL reason for Easter! (from Focus on the Family)
6. Rundown of Holy Week
7. Easter Books 
8. Easter Story Cookies
9. Resurrection Eggs
10. Of course...I Give Up and Give it Up are my posts about what I do for Lent!

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