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Lent 2019 begins March 6

Lent is the season in the Christian calendar that builds up to the biggest moment of all: Easter! It’s an opportunity to prepare your heart so that you are ready to more fully remember Jesus death and more fully celebrate his resurrection.

When is Lent? This year Lent begins on Wednesday, March 6 and runs for the 40-ish days leading up to Easter Sunday.

How can you participate in Lent? Just like Jesus picked up the cross for us, Lent is an opportunity for us to “put down” and “pick up”.

Lent is commonly associated with abstaining from something. People often choose habits or substances that are distracting or addicting — television, social media, coffee, chocolate, shopping…in this season, what should you “put down” so you can turn your gaze to Jesus? Is there a habit in your life that holds you back from loving God or loving your neighbour?

Once you’ve decided what to put down, what could you “pick up” to help prepare your heart? A regular Bible reading practice is a great place to start. If you’re already there, perhaps you could add a practice of gratitude, prayer, stillness or generosity.

As you step into this season, remember that Lent is not about a check list of things to-do or not-to-do: it’s about allowing God to transform your heart and mind and life. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon and it takes discipline. And when you struggle, it’s an opportunity to ask for God’s strength to carry what you need to carry and put down what you need to put down. He’s generous and gracious, and he's inviting you from death to life.

Here’s a great place to begin: when you wake up Easter morning, Resurrection Sunday, how could your heart be changed?

Looking for a Bible reading plan for Lent? Here are a few great places to start…

Bible Gateway Lent Reading Plan

YouVersion Bible Lent Reading Plan

He Reads Truth or She Reads Truth Lent Plans