"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Lent is coming! I'm ready but not ready

I can't even believe it. Wasn't it just Advent? I'm equally dreading Lent and looking forward to it. January and February have been just so nuts, so I'm looking forward to life slowing down a bit. (I feel like I always say that...)

It's been a couple years since we've had the wiggle room in our budget for me to buy an Advent or Lenten devotional, but I finally bought one again! My moms group is doing the Blessed Is She Lenten one—Here, Too—which I'm looking forward to. I ordered a bunch to get a discount plus there was a coupon code, both of which don't seem to be an option anymore, so I highly recommend going that route ASAP next year. Each copy ended up being $19.70 as opposed to $25!

I created 40 Days of Loving Your Husband for Surprised By Marriage, and Logan has already told me he realllllly wants me to do it during Lent. So I guess I'm doing that too, ha. It's basically doing one small thing for your husband, and obviously he really likes that kind of thing. (It's included in the Catholic Mom Bundle, available until Friday only! This is our affiliate link, please and thank you.)

We've been doing the Jesus Tree with the boys for a few years now, and they love it. So we will probably do it again, but try the one from Elizabeth Clare, also included in the Catholic Mom Bundle.
Flashback to Lent a few years ago!

Logan and I both decided months ago that we would give up eating between meals for Lent. We did it for a few days back in November and couldn't believe how hard it was! Oh, and we also decided to read The Secret to Holiness in Marriage once Lent starts. It's a 33-day retreat for your marriage so starting it on Ash Wednesday will mean we will finish it juuuuust in time to check off that goal for the first quarter.

I always try to do one thing for myself during Lent, one thing with Logan, and one thing with the boys...so that pretty much covers it.

Oh wait, one more! A couple years ago, I bought the print copy of Walking Holy Week with Jesus: A Prayer Journal and it was sooo good. Since the printable version is also included in the Catholic Mom Bundle (and only available there), I'm looking forward to doing it again this year! (Can you tell I'm just really excited about the bundle? There are so many great products!) I really like how this journal is just one week...totally doable and not overwhelming. Maybe I'll ask Logan to do it with me since we will have finished our book by then.

This is where I shamelessly include our affiliate link for the Catholic Mom Bundle: Check out the details here. It ends Friday at midnight! $25 for $333 worth of products. About half of the 24 contributions are Lent-related and half aren't. Best of both worlds.

Are you ready for Lent? Do you have everything planned or are you just going to wing it?

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