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6 Ideas to Make the Most of Your Lenten Journey

Exciting and fun ways to make the most of this season of reflection and faith.

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The season of Lent is here! Making your Lenten journey special doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many fun and easy ways to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of Lent. Here are six ideas to get you started.

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1. Pray the Stations of the Cross as a family.

Go on your Lenten journey together as a family. Praying the Stations of the Cross together as a family can be a great way to build spiritual connection during Lent. Taking time to pray the 14 stations can help children understand the story of Jesus’ last walk on Earth. Encourage kids to ask questions about what’s happening in each one, note interesting symbols, share the message of Jesus’ experiences, and discuss ways you might apply his teachings in everyday life.

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2. Give up social media for Lent.

Giving up social media for Lent is an excellent opportunity to step away from the online world and explore what else life has to offer. For Christians, it can be a chance to practice their faith and focus more on spiritual matters and relationships with family and friends. Spending 40 days without Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat can be a challenging part of your Lenten journey, but, in the end, it leads to inner peace and a greater appreciation of our connections offline. When Lent comes around again, who knows? You might find that this break was just what you needed to recharge!

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3. Make a special effort to be patient with your loved ones.

The season of Lent is a spiritual time for many people, in which they focus on how to improve relationships. One of the essential components of being a loving and devoted partner or family member is patience. Lent is an ideal time to think about making a special effort to be patient with your loved ones. Even through difficult times or disagreements, showing patience towards your family members will help build strong and steadfast relationships that will stand the test of time. Keeping an open heart and mind will allow you to have better conversations and create meaningful moments of understanding that are much more likely when patience takes precedence over frustration.

READ MORE: 5 Biblical Prayers for Patience

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4. Give up meat for Lent and try some new vegetarian recipes.

Another way to practice fasting during your Lenten journey is to give something up. Perhaps try not eating meat during Lent. Trying out new vegetarian dishes can be a great way to stay motivated on your meatless journey. Not sure where to start? Search online for recipes and look for something that tickles your taste buds. If you’re feeling creative, try inventing your unique recipes – feel free to experiment! Giving up meat for Lent is a refreshing challenge, but don’t let the chance pass you by – dip your spoon into something new this season!

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5. Spend time each day reading Scripture or a spiritual book.

Taking time each day to read Scripture or a spiritual book is a great way to fill your soul with joy and purpose. It’s an activity that can provide perspective, peace, and growth for any faith journey. Reading these texts allows you to gain insight into how others may be feeling or how to navigate your own emotions in the wake of struggles or triumphs. Whether your goal is to learn more about Scripture, live a faithful life, or just relax and find respite from the daily hustle and bustle, simply making time for daily spiritual reading can make all the difference.

READ MORE: 20 Lent Bible Verses for Reflection and Guidance

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6. Go on a retreat for Lent.

Going on a retreat is an ideal way to spend quality self-reflective time, clear your head, and refocus your faith. You don’t have to go anywhere extravagant. Sometimes, a short visit to a local park or museum can make all the difference. It’s essential during any retreat to set aside some time for spiritual practices like prayer, meditation, and journaling. Making the most of your prayer time will help you make the most of Lent.

Did this article inspire you to reflect on your own Lenten journey? What are some things that you would like to change about yourself during this special time? Be sure to check out more great Lent content below.


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