I woke up on Ash Wednesday not yet sure of what I was going to do for Lent. Sometimes I give something up. Sometimes I do something spiritual. Sometimes I do both. Usually God starts to poke and prod my heart well before Lent starts, giving me ideas and leading me in the direction He wants me to take. This year, for whatever reason, that hasn’t been the case. Maybe I’ve been too caught up in work and in my book, juggling more than usual and trying not to drown.

I spent the last two days helping out a friend with her four kids while she was out of town: running them to and from school, making dinner, doing homework, etc. So in order to get the kids up and to school on time, I had to wake up earlier than I usually do in my work-from-home-single-life. And it struck me. I need to give up sleeping in. It’s such a guilty pleasure of mine to sleep as long as possible before waking up, rolling out of my beautiful, warm, fluffy bed and picking up my laptop to start work. Admittedly, it’s gotten a little out of hand recently with the cold weather and darker mornings.

I know it sounds like a silly challenge, but I love my bed. I redecorated last year and moved last month so my bedroom is my peaceful oasis away from the world. But I know that getting up earlier will allow me to spend some time in prayer as the sun rises and prepare my mind and heart for the day. I’m hopeful I can stick to this and see it through all of Lent … and hopefully develop good habits for the long term.

What are you doing for Lent (should you choose to share?) I’ll keep you updated on my progress and we can encourage each other together. Cheers!