For the first twenty-two years of my life, I was Methodist.

I guess I’m not NOT Methodist now, but I just mean I attended Methodist churches growing up and now I don’t. But there are a few Methodists traditions that I hold onto fairly tightly, including celebrating the season of Lent.

You can take the girl out of the Methodist church, but you can’t take the Lent out of the girl, am I right? BooMama? Missy? Amen.

[New to Lent? Want to know more? Nobody better to tell ya than the ol’ Methodists themselves.]

I really love Lent. It has always been a season that means a lot to me, even when the church I attend doesn’t practice it.

For the second year running, my Cross Point small group and I are celebrating Lent together and in an attempt to resource them with many-an-option, I thought I’d share with y’all some of the stuff I’ve found that I think is great.

[Yes, I realize Lent started a few days ago, but it’s not too late to jump aboard if you would like!]

So in no particular order, except Ann is always my favorite, here are the TOP 5 Lent resources I’ve found for 2013!

1. Ann Voskamp

I totally want to do this Lent tree. I think it sounds incredible. I’m going to pull the pieces together this weekend. And since it is only 17 days, you aren’t behind! Fear not!

2. YouVersion Lent Reading Plans

I am a big fan of YouVersion and how it offers tons of bible translations totally for free. Also, there are always a blue million reading plans [as my mama would say]. The three Lent ones all look great to me, but I’m reading the Lent For Everyone that lasts a few extra days because it is written by N.T. Wright, whom I think is one of the coolest theologians alive.

3. 40 Reasons Jesus Died [don’t click yet]

This is a free devotional as well from Resonate Church in Pullman, Washington. I like it- such an interesting take on the 40 days. When you click the link, it is an automatic download, just wanted to warn you of that. [Ok, feel free to click now.] 🙂

4. Rachel Held Evans 40 Ideas For Lent

Such a great list! Lots of ideas of books and things to ask your self and activities. Love it.

5. Pray-As-You-Go

I am a longtime fan of this daily short podcast. They play music, read you a scripture, ask some questions, then read the scripture again. I like to listen when I’m folding laundry or making lunch or something like that. Lent is my favorite time of the year for the podcast, though it is pretty awesome year round.

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BONUS MATERIAL!

— Lent is celebrated by giving up something in order that you might have more time for God and have a 40 day season of more intentional focus on the Lord. Laugh at me if you want, but one of the things I’m giving up is games on my phone. I can waste a TON of time playing things like Temple Run. It has already been hard because I’m so used to played in my downtime!

— Each member of our small group is memorizing a scripture during Lent. I’ll be memorizing Hosea 10:12.

Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.

— I also made a Lent Worship youtube playlist last year, if you want some jams for your season.

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YOUR TURN!

Do you celebrate Lent? What’s are you giving up? Have a good resources to share?