Here’s my list of must-read Lenten blog posts:
First, see Karen Edmisten’s wonderful omnibus post on A Meaningful Lent.
Then check out Conversion Diary for a Lenten reading discussion.
Kate Wicker has a wonderful list of ideas for observing Lent with children. I’m definitely going to try some of these!
And finally, evlogia on Lenten cleaning:
Simplicity is not a goal in itself. It’s simply helpful. I aim to keep in our possession that which will serve our family, avoiding an amount that dictates servitude towards those things. Being overwhelmed by things soon feels like slavery. We own things, but they do not own us. And simply put, the goal of beauty in our home is to inspire prayer. Why else would it matter?
Before I share my list, I would like to preface it with another thought that I find helpful. I approach my lenten cleaning list with sobriety and absolutely no expectations. So before you become either impressed or discouraged with the details of my lofty list, be aware that I don’t expect to be able to complete all that I have planned. That expectation would be foolishly willful. Instead, I keep with me two simple thoughts:
We can be willful when we anticipate and live our lives with our own expectations of how things should play out. Not that it is wrong to make plans. Obviously, I have a tendency to do so. The truth is that we need to be moving in some purposeful direction and that usually requires the making of resolutions and planning ahead. But to stubbornly cling to our expectations of completing those plans is a matter of willfulness that I strive to avoid. With God as my helper. The rest is up to Him.
And I will only fail if I loose sight of this.
So as I set out to re-work last year’s lenten cleaning list, I reminded myself that this is not a “to-do list.” I don’t know what I will have the strength to do. Rather, this is the direction in which I hope to move for the benefit of my family. With God as my helper, I just might be able to get through some of the projects. But my prayer is that this will only be the case if getting through the list is beneficial for my salvation and that of my family. If not, then I am convinced that my weakness or the trial that hinders me is aimed at the acquisition of humility.