If you have ever felt in previous years that Easter creeps up on you or that you have lost the deep awe of what is celebrated on Easter in the Christian faith, then observing Lent, the forty days leading up to Easter, may be a way to slow down and prepare your heart for the mega celebration of Easter. Because it IS worth celebrating that Jesus is alive and is still saving lives everyday, redeeming the way we talk, live, love, work, and even die. So if you want a fresh look at His personal, unfailing, never-ending love for you, this is a wonderful resource. I am starting the devotional today so I cannot say I have read it and agree with every word since I am starting it today on the first day of Lent. But, I loved Ciuciu's Advent devotional that followed the same format, but focused on the names of Jesus, called Unwrapping the Names of Jesus. She had Biblically sound devotions that I trust will also be the case for this Lent devotional.
The devotional starts with a bit of a history lesson on Lent and Ciuciu's explanation why it is a great idea to observe Lent even if it is not something you grew up doing since it is more commonly observed by the more tradition-focused denominations of Christianity. And then she dives into daily devotions about how Jesus loves perfectly. Each Sunday has a Weekly Celebration, including a simple prayer, Scriptural reading, discussion questions, and a song to sing. This can be done alone or with your family. Each Saturday has fun activities to help cement the truths from the previous week's readings into the heart and mind. In between the Sunday and Saturday special devotions and activities are the daily meditations on different ways that Jesus loves. Examples are: Jesus Loves Perfectly, Jesus Invites Us Close, Jesus Rejects No One, Jesus Pays Attention, Jesus Honors the Dishonored, Jesus Drives Out Fear, Jesus Seeks the Lost, Jesus Loves the Unlovable, Jesus Loves His Enemies, Jesus Sacrificed Everything, and thirty more.
This is an intentional way for women to prepare their heart and mind for Easter. The devotions are not geared towards certain life seasons, such as moms, so any woman can read them, and honestly, I think the devotions are absolutely appropriate for men too, if they can ignore the feminine book cover (that I think is beautiful!)