Lent is a Gift

Lent is a Gift

Last night as I stared her down in my bed, past my new 10:00 Lenten bed time, her eyes bright, her voice squealing excitement, I had to laugh.  An hour and a half later, with the coaxing of a pacifier and a back rub, she finally tired of hands and knees rocking and our late night chat and caved to the sand man.

We’re not getting off to a great start here, baby girl.

With her finally snoozing at 11:30, my attention turned toward The Cougher.  Poor little dude.  After a drink, some medicine, oils on the feet and chest, and a diffuser refill, he finally settled down at about 2:30.  As I left his room again, his sleepy “I love you, Mom,” took away my Tired and kept me from aborting my 6:00 alarm.

I’ve thought long and hard about what I’m “giving up for Lent” this year, and the answer is clear.  I must give up me.  Namely, my time.  I covet my sleep.  I covet my quiet evenings after the kids go to bed.  I covet my social media minutes that magically turn into hours and end up wasting my day.  By handing over wasted time I’m nudged into the beautiful discipline of Lent.

In the “giving up” of anything during these 40 days, there is always much to be gained.  Gifts to receive.  That’s always how God works, right?  We can never match his generosity.  He hung his son on a cross!  No amount of “giving up” on my part is going to measure up to that one, and He doesn’t need it to.  Lent isn’t offered because God needs it.  It’s here for me.  I need it. 

Whatever your vice, whatever your sin… that.  That is what to give up for Lent.  Give up sin. Gain immeasurable Grace.

To bed by 10, up at 6.  Early morning readings and prayer.  Habit to some.  Laughable to others.  Discipline I’ve been lacking, that sometimes threatens to wreck my entire day.

Less of me, more of Him.  The ultimate Lenten Gift.

Thoughts on Lenten Seasons past:

Lenten Devotions

Lenten Season

Observing Lent


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  1. I find the ability to choose to focus this season intentionally on God to be such a gift!

  2. I’ve been following your blog for awhile, and I just want to say thank you SO much for these encouraging words!!

    Quick question- what oils do you put on your kids feet and chest? I have a chronic coughing kid, and I need to find some relief for hiim!


    • Hi Jen ~ I use Young Living’s RC for the coughing. I diffuse it and rub it on the chest and feet. I also use a lot of their Thieves and lemon when they catch a cold.

  3. Beautiful. Thank you.

  4. I am giving up some of my favorite vices like soda and salt. I know in the end I will be happier and healthier for it. I am also creating a support private facebook to help others stay accountable. If you would like to be apart of it just let me know.

    • Thanks for the invite! I would jump right in to that accountability group… if only I was trying hard to stay OFF of Facebook more. 😉 Ha!

  5. Wow, Amy,
    SO well said! Insight like that is such a blessing, and really, a gift from Him; thanks for sharing!

  6. thank you. i couldn’t agree more… this year for lent – twitter-free days, more sleep and MORE prayer. I think this can only lead to many increased blessings throughout the day – more time with kids, having a better attitude, and increased peace and contentment.

  7. Best of luck with bed time 🙂 my sweet baby girl doesn’t have much regard for the clock either.

  8. Like another post, I am curious what oils you put on your son and if they helped. I read from another blog that they use Thieves Oil and RC Essential Oil in lieu of a nebulizer/albuterol/pulmicort/asthma meds. The oils are pricey for me so I’d like so know personal experiences before diving in, but my son just started a bad cough this morning that I don’t think is going anywhere good! Thanks so much!!

    • The oils ARE pricey, for sure. I truly do believe they saved us $75 last month in doctor office co-pays, though, so I’m hoping it all evens out eventually. I use a lot of Thieves, and yes, the RC is amazing for coughs. I diffuse it and rub it on his chest. I rub Thieves into the feet. Peppermint in the feet has wiped out fever in all my kiddos.

      • Okay Amy one more question about the RC oil. When you say diffuse and put on chest…..so you follow the directions (I know, shocking!) and do the ratio of RC oil to for example, olive oil, and then rub that combination on chest? I want to jump right to it and just go from straight out of the bottle to a little dab on chest but really it’s because I don’t understand this whole diffusing thing. Thanks so much for any insight!!

        • I am so far behind. Feel free to bug my email inbox when I don’t answer comments! I actually put it on straight (because I’m lazy like that) UNLESS a child complains about it being “hot.” My kids don’t think the RC is hot. Peppermint? I definitely dilute that one. 😉

  9. Instead of giving something up this year, I am giving more of myself to others and following the 10 Second Rule. Check out my post:

  10. “Give up sin. Gain immeasurable grace!” Tears in my eyes as the truth of this takes up residence in my heart; Amen, Sister!

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