Which means that Easter will be here before long, too.
This Sunday marks the first Sunday of Lent, my favorite season of the Christian year. In the same way that Advent comes before Christmas, as a season to prepare our hearts for the birth of our Savior....so also, the season of Lent prepares our hearts and minds for the celebration of Easter. Which is, to my way of thinking, the most special and beautiful of all the holidays!
(I wrote a little more about Lent and what it means to our family in this post last year....if you're curious!)
So, beginning this Sunday, my family will be keeping the season with a few simple activities to help focus our hearts and minds on Jesus, and on the beautiful sacrifice He was, for us, at Calvary.
And, of course, I'll be sharing them here in case anyone else might be looking for some ideas, too :)
The first - and my favorite - Lenten activity is the Jesus Tree Bible Study, which we began using last year. If you remember our Jesse Tree from Advent, this devotion is very much along the same lines! During each day of Lent, we read a story from the book of John - studying Jesus' life and ministry on earth. And then an ornament is hung on our "Jesus Tree" symbolizing each story.
There are many beautiful kits you can buy to make a Jesus Tree, but last year I ended up putting together (at the last minute!) some very simple pictures for my children to color (using the free coloring pages you can find online). That worked out pretty well, so we will continue using our homemade version again this year. I have also been working on drawing a new set of ornaments, which I was hoping to have ready by now to share with you.....but they are still a work-in-progress :) If I can get them printer-ready before the weekend, I will post them.
My printables from last year are posted here.
Does your family observe Lent, or have any other ways of preparing for Easter? I'd love to hear what you have planned!