As I’ve previously stated, I’m participating in the Nineveh 90 challenge – a 90 day spiritual and physical wellness challenge, designed to offer penance and reparations for the sins of the world. The challenge began last week, and ends on the 13th of May. It’s pretty intense, involving giving up sweets and desserts, alcohol, eating between meals, etc. It also includes adding a significant portion of prayer life to daily life – saying prayers multiple times a day, trying our hardest to spend at least 20 minutes engaged in Holy Hour each day (Adoration not required), reciting the Rosary daily, attending daily Mass when possible, and preparing for Marian Consecration at the end of the 90 days. It also includes a couple days of pretty strict fasting requirements, provided one is healthy enough to fast.
Therefore, as I begin to gear up for Lent, I am at a loss about what else to do on my own.
The Nineveh 90 has it covered. I don’t think I have prayed more in my life than this past week! At one point, I bluntly told God I needed a break from Him – not from my faith life, but rather, I needed to not talk to Him. Honestly, I was tired of doing all the talking, and none of the listening.
So, He ensured I had time to listen later in the week. Problem solved!
I have decided for the special 40 days of Lent, including Sundays since that is “Mass day,” I will be fasting from pants. I won’t be running around pant-less, but instead, will go back to a previous challenge in which I wore skirts for just over a month. I’m going to allow myself to wear my leggings under skirts or dresses, provided they look decent with the entire ensemble. The goal of this particular fast is to tap into my femininity. I want to feel like a woman – not someone who relies solely on yoga pants, leggings, and jeans. Skirts and dresses make me feel feminine, and I find myself acting more feminine when I don’t wear pants.
I’m still toying with a couple ideas for this particular component of Lent. The front-runner is to give in a happier mood, to my family! Touching on my theme of marriages this month, perhaps for Lent I can focus on giving to my spouse – cheerfully and excitedly giving him the gift of my time, attention, and intentional acts of service.
With my son being four, and my daughter being one, I’m not interested in enforcing spiritually enhancing activities with them yet. In years to come, they will be required to Pray, Fast, and Give, and I would rather they understand the reason behind it, rather than just because I told them. So, the family gets a pass this year!
What, dear readers, are your plans for a spiritually renewing Lent? How will you PFG?
If you are searching for ideas ideas for yourself or your family, head over to the February installment of the CWBN Blog Hop for further insight from other fantastic bloggers.
I pray we all have a Prayerful, Fasting-filled, Giving Lenten journey this 2017!