As a member of the Southern Baptist denomination, I did not grow up learning about Lent. It’s something my denomination never emphasized.
I’ve come to learn a lot about Lent over the last few years. I love the idea of giving something up as a sacrifice so that we can focus all our attention on Jesus and prepare for Easter.
I have not really committed to giving anything up this year. I do, however, intend to limit my Facebook engagement to my blog’s Facebook page and wishing friends happy birthday (some days). The season of Lent is a great time for me to really think about how I use social media and what I need to do to keep it from being a time waster for me.
One thing I’m definitely committing to do is participate in The 40-Day Live Lent Challenge by Margaret Feinberg. She has produced a color method study for Luke and Acts that begins today and runs through Easter.
I love this reading plan because it combines bible study with coloring images. Grown up coloring books are so popular right now. Many adults find them to be great stress relievers. I have bought a coloring book for myself but I’ve not yet used it. I think this study will be the perfect place to start.
This study is different than any other I’ve ever done. It is made up of passages of Scripture to read each day. However, instead of being presented just as it is in the Bible, the verses are written out in narrative format without chapter and verse references. That way you can read the passage all the way through without being sidetracked or distracted by the chapter and verse markings.
Margaret also gives instruction on how to use colored pencils to mark the passages. For example, verbs are circled in red and names are underlined in green. Once you read through the passage and mark it with these colors, patterns and themes begin to emerge and are more easily seen.
If you’ve not committed to participate in Lent in any way yet, I encourage you to check out this reading plan.
Leave a comment below and share how you participate in Lent.