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Lent Again

Lent Again ~ Lifeofjoy.meEaster is coming later than it has for a while, at least it seems that way to me. Easter isn’t until April 16th this year.

In some religions (Methodists, Lutherans, Catholics, are a few I am aware of), the six to seven weeks leading up to Easter is Lent. Fasting of some kind is generally a part of it. I’m not sure what their purpose is in observing Lent but I think it is a good idea to put myself in a mindfulness of what Jesus did for me.

Christmas is important. If Jesus had not come I could not be saved. But the whole purpose for Him coming was to die in our stead. We celebrate, not only this but His resurrection. He died in our stead but He didn’t stay dead. There was no sin in Him and since He took our sin on Himself, we can be saved from the penalty of our sins, if we repent and accept Him as our Savior.

So, in my opinion, it is more important to spend some time teaching our children about Easter than Christmas. Consequently, I think it is a good thing to do something for Lent. Maybe reading the gospels aloud to or with our children, focusing on Jesus and what He said and did. Ultimately becoming more like Him and serving Him to the best of our ability. You could have a countdown to Easter, of course 6.5 weeks is a bit long of a countdown, so maybe wait a little on that. ;) You could start some Easter type crafts or decide to fast something.

I just encourage you today to think about the upcoming season and pray about what God would have you (and your family) do.

I’ve written about Lent before. You can read it here and if you scroll down this page as well. The daily devotional by Rick Renner, Sparkling Gems Volume 1, has a whole month devoted to looking at things surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection. I like to bring it out during Lent to bring it to the forefront of my thinking. Jesus paid a terrible price for my freedom. I owe Him my life. It is good for me to remember what He did for me.

I hope I’ve encouraged you today.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

P.S. Don’t forget to check MyJoy-FilledLife and SwtBlessings for the new copywork calendars. ;) The new ones aren’t available yet, so don’t forget to check their websites next week.

Handwriting/Copywork

Handwriting/Copywork ~ Lifeofjoy.meI know I’ve written about copywork before but I recently came across an article, in the new IEW catalog, entitled “Low-Tech Teaching with High-End Results.” In it there were a couple of comments that struck a chord with me.

  • Writing on paper stimulates the brain differently than typing
  • Cursive writing offers significant neurological benefits over printing on paper.
  • People recall content better when taking notes on paper rather than typing

It was a good article which reminded me of another one I read where it reported that billionaire elites limit their children’s use of technology. (I wrote about it here.)

In light of all this, I recently found some handwriting calendars that has scripture verses for every day of the month. The cool thing is that the one from SweetBlessings is written for we adults and has a shorter amount to write for the younger ones, at least for some of the months. She even has a Spanish version, if desired. She has two version, one is topical and the other is not. I’ve downloaded mine. (Once you click on the word HERE on her page, it will open up a a google drive page, just click on whichever month or topic you want/need and download or print.)

I’m starting to be interested in lettering. I’m not sure what the difference is between lettering and calligraphy is though. I can anticipate using the calendars to practice lettering. God has me doing such different things, outside of my comfort zone, lately.

There is another, from My  Joy-Filled Life, which has a single verse every day all on one topic, different each month. It is a free download but you have to subscribe to her newsletter, but she does not overwhelm you with emails. I subscribed some time ago; if you have, you still fill in your name and email and press download, then a link will be sent to your email. Her copywork printable also has some cute writing pages you can print for your children to use.

The end of the article in the IEW has a link to a podcast. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I’ll include the link in case it is helpful to you.  Paper and Pen

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº