The period of Lent begins today (Ash Wednesday) and will continue for 40 days up to Easter. Lent is a time when Christians remember that Jesus went into the desert for 40 days before beginning his public ministry and where he prayed, fasted and was tempted. A friend said to me yesterday what she enjoys about Lent is that it is one of the periods in the Christian calendar that has not become commercialised (well that is one of the reasons why I think I am beginning a new relationship with Lent).
For Lent I have decided to join the Fairfield Lent Prayer Challenge and pray every morning at 7.14am (it’s not too late for you to begin too!); I am also planning to read two chapters of the Bible every day and to ‘give’ something each day and ‘give up’ something each day (will not divulge what they are here…).
Thinking about Lent has reminded me about two themes that I want to develop more in my life: discipline and being intentional. And what better way to try and cement those two themes into my life then throughout Lent!