[#pictureLent] A Family Lenten Practice: Find your Light in the Desert!

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How is your family planning to observe Lent together

If you're saying, "Uuuuhhh ... what's Lent?" Check out this video first.

If you're saying, "Uuuuhhh ... I haven't thought about it!" Then you're in the right place too!

And if you're saying, "I've been looking for something!" You are definitely in the right spot.

#pictureLent is a Lenten resource for individuals, families and churches, and this year's family activities are sure to be a special experience for you and your family. 

This year's Family Lenten Calendar is called "A Light in the Desert" and will guide you daily through the season of Lent. You can also follow along with our photo challenge and take and share photos each day of Lent, inspired by the day's word and scripture. 

Go to www.pictureLent.com to find out more, to sign up for daily devotions (these work great for families with older children and youth especially!), and to download your Family Lenten Activities packet. 

Book Review: A Homemade Year by Jersualem Greer

Friend of LECFamily Jerusalem Greer has released a great church and family Christian resource, A Homemade Year. We allowed another friend of LECFamily, Monique McBride, to review the book. Check it out!

by Rev. Monique McBride

Have you ever read a book and heard your own story in the words? Though you’d never met the author, you knew without a doubt she could be your “bosom friend?” Once upon a time, there was a woman who loved writing, crafting, cooking and Jesus. 

To her surprise, God blessed her to be the mother of two boys and called her in to ministry. I could be talking about myself or the author of A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together, my newfound bosom friend and Episcopal twin Jerusalem Jackson Greer

A mixture of family recipes, beautiful liturgical crafts and heartfelt stories, this book is sure to speak to your soul and remind you of days past and the traditions you hold dear. If you long to make life special for your family and friends in simple yet significant ways and share the rich traditions of the Christian liturgical holidays, Jerusalem’s words, ideas and simple country style are sure to bring a smile to your face and ideas to your Pinterest boards. 

Somewhere between The Pioneer Woman and Kathleen Norris, Greer’s honest words are just as lovely and meaningful as the everyday memories she creates for her family through her crafts and homemade meals. Woven between kitschy country craft instructions and family recipes that make your tummy rumble, her words tell the story of a woman who longs to make life meaningful and spirit-filled for those around her. 

Far from a craft manual or list of recipes, Greer opens her heart, home, and her own faith journey as a woman, wife and mother. With each chapter and season, she invites us into the story of scripture through the warm welcome of the Christian calendar and various interpretations of the liturgical holidays around the world. 

Whether you want to bring to life the little known liturgical celebrations of St. Lucy’s Day and Pentecost or your soul is in need of a friendly and honest companion who will teach you how to make Brown Sugar Lemon Apple Pie in a mug, this book is sure to please. 

You can purchase A Homemade Year on Amazon.com, and if you use this link it will donate a portion of your purchase to LECFamily!

Thanks to Monique McBride for the review, and for Jerusalem for this great resource for churches and families! This won't be the last you'll hear from Jerusalem - look for some guest posts here on our blog from her in the near future!