Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lent 2014

If you've been following the blog for a while, you know that Matt and I enjoy taking on a Lenten practice each year. It seems we've captured all of the big ones in years past No Excess, More Time Together in 2013 (the year in which Matt began Lent with a week long hospital stay) Simplify in 2012 (in which we rid our house of excess clutter), living on a food stamp budget in 2011 (I think that one is self explanatory but there are lots of posts on what we learned), and eating rice and beans in 2010. This year we decided to take a different approach.

After seeing this list composed by Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor at House for All Sinners and Saints, we decided to modify the list and create our own practices for the next 40 days. The plan is to reflect together at the end of each day (and to actually do some of the practices together--the ones that lend themselves to that) and I'll do my best to blog about our experiences to hold us accountable. Here is what we came up with (many of them are the same as the list above but some of the things seemed too easy, as in we already do them, and so we tailored it more for our day to day life):

1.     Pray for your enemies
2.     No TV
3.     Don’t turn on the car radio
4.     Give $20 to a non-profit of your choosing
5.     Take 5 minutes of silence at noon
6.     Look out the window until you find something of beauty you hadn’t noticed before
7.     Give 5 items of clothing to Goodwill
8.     No bitching day
9.     Do someone else’s chore
10.  Buy a few $5 fast food gifts cards to give to homeless people you encounter
11.  Call an old friend
12.  Pray the paper (pray for people and situations in today’s news)
13.  Read Psalm 139
14.  Pay a few sincere compliments
15.  No phones after 5:00pm
16.  Educate yourself about human trafficking (
17.  Forgive someone
18.  Internet Diet
19.  Only use necessary electricity and water
20.  Check out morning and evening prayer (
21.  Ask for help
22.  Tell someone what you are grateful for
23.  Go on a walk
24.  Read Psalm 121
25.  Bake cookies to give to a neighbor
26.  No shopping day
27.  Light a virtual candle (
28.  Light an actual candle
29.  Write a thank you note
30.  Walk, carpool, bus, or bike
31.  Use Freecycle (
32.  Make art
33.  Read John 8:1-11
34.  Experience a different worship service or faith tradition
35.  Pray for Peace
36.  No sugar day—where else is there sweetness in your life?
37.  Give $20 to a local non-profit
38.  Educate yourself about a saint (
39.  Have friends over for dinner
40.  Reflect together on what practices we like and want to keep  


  1. I just read about 3 years worth of your blog posts. My how I've missed you friend but glad I stumbled on this lil window into your life that you've created.

    1. Miss you too! Hope life is well for you all---I love seeing pictures of Emerson. I can not even believe how quickly she is growing up. Love you dearly! And miss you even more!