Monday, February 9, 2015

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We're coming up on my very favorite liturgical season, Lent. And it's not because I love to punish myself. It's because I tend to be selfish and self-centered, and Lent, which calls us to penance, fasting and alms giving, calls me out of my selfishness to forces me to focus first and foremost on the cross of Christ, and the very great sacrifice He made to open the way to salvation for us. Lent also forces me to look and my spiritual life, what does my daily prayer look like? Am I being generous with my time and with the gifts I have been given? Am I putting the needs of others before my own?

We start these 40 days of lent with ashes on our foreheads and the somber reminder that "from dust you came and to dust you shall return." Humility, seeing God as He is: the Author of Salvation, and me as I am: dust. That's another thing I love about lent.  It puts me in my place.

Because Lent is my favorite season on the Church year, I am throwing a little giveaway to hopefully get you all pumped up about Lent! Blessed Is She has done it again in offering a beautiful journal to help us get more out of lent, and by doing so have a more amazing Easter. I am pleased to offer a very lucky one of you one of these journals along with some other goodies to say thanks for reading and I hope you have a Lent that draws you out of yourself and deeper in love with Jesus.

In this bundle:

A Blessed Is She Lenten Journal; "Only One Thing"



A Downloadable Inspiration Print of your choice designed by Elise at With Joy Caligraphy



A PDF of a 2015 Catholic Through the Year Calendar from Martina at Catholic Sistas



A St. Therese hair bow for your daughter/neice/favorite little girl out there from Holy Hairbows, also made by Martina.




A set of 10 Insperational note cards (blank inside) made by Aubry from Aubry Rose Designs




And A Mini Embroidery Hoop Necklace of your choice (up to $15 value) made by Jenna at Call Her Happy

A Big Big Thank You to the lovely ladies who contributed to this giveaway.  Be sure to check out each of their shops and to show them some love. Now get entering! Giveaway closes Friday at midnight. 


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26 comments:

  1. I attend the Stations of the Cross every year on Good Friday. It is a highlight of the year for me.

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  2. I love Lent at well. It's so good to slow down a bit, especially for those of us still recovering from the holidays. :)

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  3. I would like to make some traditions for the season of Lent as my family is fairly new to all this!

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  4. I too love lent, and Easter has become my favorite holiday. So much joy!

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  5. I add extra prayer time/spiritual reading in the morning. Try to get to daily mass.

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  6. I appreciate the spiritual refocusing of lent. Growing up our family always attended stations of the cross on Friday evenings as often as we could, something I hope to continue in our growing family.

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  7. I appreciate the spiritual refocusing of lent. Growing up our family always attended stations of the cross on Friday evenings as often as we could, something I hope to continue in our growing family.

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  8. We do Living Stations at our church, my son has a workbook he completes and we try to do a small act of kindness each day.

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  9. Fasting, weirdly enough! I also love giving up chocolate, because it makes eating Easter candy so much better!

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  10. I love all the opportunities to refocus on prayer.

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  11. I love all the opportunities to refocus on prayer.

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  12. I just typed in the wrong instagram handle, lol. I follow blessed is she with the handle imperfectbutloved.

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  13. I just typed in the wrong instagram handle, lol. I follow blessed is she with the handle imperfectbutloved.

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  14. Fat Tuesday/Mardi gras celebration first... but for lent, we love stations of the cross at home in the dark before bed after our soup for supper every friday!

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  15. Fish fry's and stations of the cross!

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  16. I have longed for one of Jenna's necklaces!

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    1. Oh! I was supposed to say something holy. So how about this: I love having an excuse for saying NO. No tv, no extra stuff, no to doing and YES to praying, reading, puzzles, walks....

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  17. Love the Stations of the Cross - this year I will be attempting a weekly one with 3 kids in tow.

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  18. We love Fish Fry's at our parish with friends. We're going to try and stay for Stations of the Cross this year with the boys. And, I just love the call to mindfulness. It really helps me slow down and be more intentional. Such a great giveaway, Anna! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

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  19. I love those mini embroidery necklaces! Do I get extra credit for favoriting Call Her Happy's Etsy shop? :D

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  20. I love the chance to simplify and refocus.

    Kat

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  21. I am so looking forward to really focusing on Lent with my children this year. I have a few different books we'll go through together, and some family activities, and I think it's (hopefully!) going to be a really purposeful Lent this year. So I'm excited about doing that with them. We usually do Advent really well, and that is always such a special time for our family, so I am hoping with a little more guidance to replicate that for us with Lent. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

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  22. This is only my second year observing Lent, but I really love helping my children understand the idea of little sacrifices and almsgiving. This year we're using the sacrifice jar with beans :) And cleaning out/donating toys and clothes is a favorite too.

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  23. I try to pick onecor two stubborn habit that adds no value to my day (mindlessly browsing Facebook, examining my face for blackheads, etc.) and give it up. When I have an inclination to do that habit, I am reminded of Jesus' ultimate sacrifice for me and praise Him, [hopefully] turning to better uses of my day.

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  24. Oh, that bow! It is just so precious and I would love to see it in my Goddaughter's hair! I love Lent because it is such a wonderful time to remind us to be selfless and not selfish. I'm trying to teach my 3 (almost 4) year old about Lent a little more this year.

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  25. I'm excited to share the traditions of Lent with my daughter, who is starting to better grasp the concept of God.

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