My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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Lance Armstrong wins 6th Tour de France - Big deal.

While the American Media is making such a fuss over Mr. Armstrong's achievement, I fume thinking of the family he has sacrificed for his sport and for his new girlfriend, Cheryl Crowe.

The press doesn't mention this often, but Lance and his wife Kristen married in 1998 and had 3 children, Luke (b. 10/12/1999), Isabelle Rose (b. 11/20/2003), and Grace Elisabeth (b. 11/20/2003). They announced their break up last year. Currently Mr. Armstrong is dating singer Cheryl Crowe, after a brief something with acress Sandra Bullock. That Lance, he's a busy boy!

So the press will laud his achievement and I'm sure he'll get some big endorsements, none of which will mean anything to those little kids, all under five. All they know is that their daddy is gone, and that daddy doesn't live with mommy any longer. The kind of love and security that children get from united parents is destroyed, and a record winning time won't restore it, it won't even come close. I venture to guess that when these kids reach their teen years, 20s, and 30s, they'll see this whole thing for what it really is, that their Dad really did love his racing career more than then. As a child of a day with similar devotion to things other than family, I can relate.

Guys, winning trophies and breakin records doesn't make a man a hero. Not in the eyes of his wife, his children or of God. It's the daily being- there things,the diaper changing, the kid discipline, the kid carpool and the handyman stuff, the giggles, and grins and all the silly daddy things that make a guy a hero. And at the end of your life, that's the stuff that will really matter.

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