Keeping LOVE in Lent

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“I’m participating in the Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013, hosted by

Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints, Truly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We’ll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds, and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of link-up entries.”

Instead of grumble grumble grumble… I have found this lent a freedom that is refreshing.  I am not torturing myself with a list of self-denials or going above and beyond with clever ideas.  Instead I am focusing on a goal that has been one all year, to do small things with great love.  That is how I am keeping love in lent.  I could not decorate my whole house in lenten purple, or create intricate devotionals for my family I also bought my daughter some present a playhouse for her dolls which she liked so much.  I had major health set backs last year, and can’t even say my daily rosary.  But I did create simple, elegant decorations with love.  Love went into tying the purple ribbon, and love went into explaining the meaning of the color purple to my daughter and her Little Flowers Girls Group.  I am focusing on my daily tasks and trying to be more present during them.  Yes we are fasting and offering up meat on Fridays, but I am using it as an opportunity to do Lenten Soup Adventures.  A chance to lovingly show my family new recipes that are not overwhelming, but are interesting and tasteful.  Our first Lenten Soup Adventure was Brazilian Shrimp Soup, my husband absolutely loved it and it made me feel God’s presence in knowing I had expressed my love of family through this new recipe.  Other ways I am challenged to keep love in lent, will be by meditating and being more present during our nightly bible reading, and by saying one decade of the rosary.

For me, keeping love in lent is by meeting Jesus where we are at and then taking the challenge to walk a few steps further.  He is waiting out on the water for us, and if we only keep our eyes focused on Him- we can walk on water in love this lenten journey.  For that is really what this season is all about.  Taking a closer look at His great sacrifice for us and how madly in love with us He is.  We grow in spiritual strength through fasting, prayer and service.  If we can simply integrate each of these pillars in a realistic way,then we will be much more able to focus on love in our actions.  We must be careful to not compare ourselves and happy to know that we are worthy and beautiful where we are at and that Jesus is waiting, setting the pace to take us steps closer to Him.

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Check out the Lent reflections participating in the Keep LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013! We’ll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds, and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE.

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