40 bags in 40 days 2013.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

today is ash wednesday.  the beginning of lent.  what is lent?  it is a 40 day period that starts today, ash wednesday, and leads up to maundy thursday.  the next day is good friday (crucifixion of Jesus Christ). three days later is EASTER! 

are you confused?  

pastor bill crawford of waters edge church puts it this way:

Ash Wednesday is a day to stare death in the face, to acknowledge our mortality. All of us will die. Christians who observe this day get ashes "imposed" on their foreheads, while a minister says, "You have come from dust, and to dust you will return." In other words, "You are going to die. And here are some ashes to remind you, just in case you've forgotten."
Are we Christians gloomy? Do we have some peculiar fascination with dying? I don't think so. Rather, what allows us to stare death in the face is the assurance of life, real life, eternal life. When we know our lives are safe in the hands of God, and that this physical life is just the beginning of eternity, then we're free to be honest about what lies ahead for us. We can face death without fear or pretending, because we know the One who defeated death. 

on to lent.  its not a mandatory observance but one that prepares our hearts and minds for the days ahead. our family has been doing 40 bags in 40 days for a few years.  

here is our list for this year.  this is a very tangible way for everyone to get involved!

we also spent time in prayer this morning and came up with what each of us was going to "give up".  again, this is a period of self-denial to commemorate the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting in the desert.  these are things that in today's world should be SO easy to go without right?  

its just GOOD for us to (all ages) to have to FEEL the pangs of going without something, making us look UP and remember:

"I can do ALL things through HIM who gives me STRENGTH"  Phillipians 4:13.  

It's a time of humility.  i can't do it on my own. 

 if i tried to homeschool, be a good mom, be a good wife, be a good friend...etc.  all in my own strength i would have burned out LOOOOONG ago!

another fun thing that we pulled out was this countdown poster that we made with my friend amy and her kiddos when they still lived by us......

do you see  the little paper Jesus on the first day? we move him one spot each day.   :)  again, just a tangible way for the kids to see what is happening.  and just throw it up with tape on your cupboard.  its all good.

here is a closer look at our 2013 list.  i mostly do this on my own during the day.  if there is an area that its more helpful for the kiddos to join me then they do.

will you make more room for Jesus this Lent?  you'll be glad you did.

Bible in A Year peeps.....how's it going????  i've had a couple times where I fell a few days behind and had to catch up.  it's been a HUGE blessing.  you can do it!  if you want to join here is my blog post about it and follow the hashtag #afbibleinayear over on instagram (@augustfields)


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  2. I LOVE doing 40 bags in 40 days and because of some travel we have right now...I had to get a little head start. I already did our shoe basket, Kate's closet, and Harry's dresser. I should make a list. I was kinda flying by the seat of my pants but maybe the list would be better for me.

    I am also trying to juice daily for Lent to take better care of the body the lord gave me. I loathe getting the juicer out, cutting the veggies and cleaning it all up but I love the benefits of juicing.

    So glad you are still doing the bible in a year. That was such a good year for me and I really ought to do it again. I think a lot of it was strictly discipline (especially the OT parts) but I was so close to God.

    and as an aside...I get ashes every year but today they always say what you have typed here BUT today...she (the eucharistic minister) said something different to me. She said "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel." That was a first for me but I looked it up and it is appropriate too.

  3. Amazing ideas! You inspire me.... and I can see God's light shine through you!

    Have a very Blessed day!

    Jayma @ http://jaymastips.blogspot.com

  4. I don't do lent, but is is interesting!

  5. Would you be willing to go into some detail about the Lent poster. Are there certain things on certain days? It looks like a wonderful visual.

  6. BIOY app is great! i love the way it keeps track for me. i fell behind 2 days last week, but with the app keeping them lit up until i've read them, made it so easy to remember! and doing it first thing, after the boys leave for school is working for me too! im so glad you posted about it!
    we do ash wed., and lent, but i've never done the 40 bags in 40 days. does it mean to just get rid of stuff that's cluttering up your life? and, do you donate the stuff, or do you put it away, and get it back after the 40 days? i hope my questions don't sound too dumb!lol

    thanks, sara!

    tina @ mennonitemama.blogspot.com

  7. I read one of your older posts on the 40days thing. Now I get it! Throw away, or donate! I think it's great!

  8. I just read about 40 bags in 40 days and goggled it. Your post came up. I think this is a fabulous idea. My children are older, but still can easily get involved in the concept - maybe more so.

    I too like the 40 day poster, again even though my children are older, I think visuals help all of us!

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  9. I love this idea! I'm Mormon, so I fast throughout the year in a little different way, but with the same purpose of giving to others and coming to Christ. I love this idea and I'm excited to try it. Thank you so mucb for sharing.

  10. Thank you for sharing this. I really need this in my life right now!!!


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