Lent for the rest of us: 2015 (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Can you believe Lent is nearly upon us? Lent, this 40-day journey leading up to Easter… a time to prepare our hearts for Jesus… all He is and all He’s done.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is on February 18 this year, and leads us to Easter on April 5. Now, if you’re doing the math, don’t despair — the 40 days excludes Sundays – so yes, there are more than 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. 😉

There are many ways to engage in this season – prayer, fasting, simplistic living – all with the aim of drawing closer to God. I tend to go the downward spiral route into “how can I possibly prepare my heart (AND my children’s hearts!!!) to even REMOTELY grasp what Easter really means.” And, being a recovering perfectionist, I can easily fall into the “All or Nothing” trap. (I can’t do it ALL, so I’ll do NOTHING.) (Very healthy, I know.)

This is a simple, meaningful tradition to begin with your children for the season of Lent, leading up to Easter! Enjoy this free printable reading plan — and don’t miss The Jesus Storybook Bible GIVEAWAY! Giveaway runs until Monday, February 16! (But the printable will still be available after that!)But last year I began a simple new tradition with my children for these weeks leading up to Easter: we read The Jesus Storybook Bible from the very beginning, through the Resurrection story. One chapter a day, for each day of Lent. And you guys – it was awesome. (Even if you don’t have children, please give yourself the gift of reading it just for you. I promise you’ll be glad you did.)

“But Lent and Easter are about JESUS. Why would you start all the way back at the BEGINNING of the Bible? Doesn’t Jesus show up much later?”

I’m so glad you asked!

Did you know that the entire Bible points to Jesus? All the way back to the beginning. As the  Jesus Storybook Bible says: “Every story whispers His name.” Where better to start than the beginning?

I love this book so much that I’m buying TWO MORE COPIES just to give away to two of you! Here’s how to enter:

  • subscribe to my blog (if you’re already subscribed, I’ll count you too!) = 1 entry
  • comment on this post & tell me your Lent or Easter tradition = 1 entry
  • share this post on Facebook = 1 entry
  • pin this post on Pinterest = 1 entry

If you’re feeling ambitious, go crazy and enter four times! If you already own a copy, go ahead and enter, and give away the extra!

I will randomly pick 2 winners and announce them on Monday, February 16. (And you’ll receive your book in time to start reading on Wednesday!)

One more thing: here’s a free printable reading plan to help keep track of what chapter goes with should be reading. If you print a copy and fold it in half lengthwise, it makes a great bookmark!

This is a simple, meaningful tradition to begin with your children for the season of Lent, leading up to Easter! Enjoy this free printable reading plan — and don’t miss The Jesus Storybook Bible GIVEAWAY! Giveaway runs until Monday, February 16! (But the printable will still be available after that!)

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**The giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to our winners: Jamie and Alice!**

If you’d like to purchase a copy for your family, you can find it on Amazon here.

7 thoughts on “Lent for the rest of us: 2015 (and a GIVEAWAY!)

  1. Jessica

    Our Easter tradition is a big brunch with family and friends. We also have a huge Easter Egg decorating party and hunt. To be it is a time to reflect on what it means to be renewed. This is the first year my children will celebrate with the church as they are new Christians.

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  2. sarat

    I usually try, in some way, to mark the Lenten Season, I’ve given up things (meat, Facebook, soda, etc); I’ve added things (reading the New Testament, de cluttering, etc). I’ve never had my kids participate (5 & 9 yrs) but reading the Bible with them sounds wonderful! We’ll still do our normal Easter service and dinner w/family, plus the jr. youth is doing an Easter play. Thanks for the great idea to read w/them.

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  4. Jamie

    For Easter we always dye eggs with my sister-in-law’s family the night before Easter. Then on Easter we have a big egg hunt with all my extended family. I have never observed Lent before, but I would love to start reading with my older kids, ages 4 & 3. My oldest especially loves reading her toddler Bible.

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  5. Patty

    I’m a nurse so many times in the past I worked. However, now that I have small children we tend to go to my in-laws house and celebrate with the Easter Bunny & lots of good food. For Lent I try to give up something that isn’t too easy, but also realistic.

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