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Lent is seen by many as a perfect opportunity to assess our spiritual health. During this season, we remember the immense love of Christ by contemplating his sacrifice. While Lent is a time to check our spiritual fitness as individuals, it is also the perfect time to check how we are doing spiritually as a family. Have we been letting Christ into our household? Have we been allowing him to work into our home and our lives? What have we been doing to pull our family members closer to Christ?

Today’s families are faced with many challenges. This is why there is no better time than now and no better place than home to experience Lent. After all, home is where we rush after a long day. It is where we weave dreams, it is a safe place for us to unload our burdens and face our woes, and it is, ultimately, where we love and forgive. It is in our home that we most often experience salvation.

In this post, PawnHero lists some activities that you can do at home, to help enrich the soul and spirit of every member of the family.

1. Watch a Movie Together

Prepare the family room, fix some snacks, and gather the entire family for a movie marathon. Here are some films you can watch together:

* Pursuit of Happyness – Life is no bed of roses for single father Chris Gardner. With a young son under his care, they are evicted from their apartment, with no place to go. Chris eventually lands a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, but the position still leaves him strapped for cash. The movie shows all the hardships the pair has to endure, including living in shelters, on their way to a better life.

* My Sister’s Keeper – Anna Fitzgerald was conceived to be a marrow donor for her gravely ill sister. Her entire life, she was in and out of the hospital, undergoing surgeries and medical procedures. When Anna sues her parents for emancipation, a court case begins, signaling the family’s fallout.

*Fireproof – For fire captain Caleb Holt, service to others always comes first. However, without him noticing, his dedication to his job caused his most important partnership in his life, his marriage, to go up in smokes. Following his father, John’s advice to delay their separation process for forty days and follow a procedure called “The Love Dare,” the couple rediscovers faith and its power to rekindle lost love.

*Heaven is for Real – Todd Burpo, pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska, narrates the events after his three-year-old son, Colton, had emergency surgery in 2003. Post-operation, Colton begins describing events and people that seemed impossible for him to have known about, as well as details of his out-of-body experience.

*I am Sam – Sam, a man with developmental disorder fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, Lucy. In the process, Sam teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the importance of love and family.

*Click – Hardworking architect Michael Newman finds a universal remote that lets him fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Things start to change when the magical remote starts to overrule his choices.

2. Read Books

Set aside a common reading time for the family, no electronics allowed. Just you, some cozy throws, and books. Here are some titles for every member of the brood:

For Mom: Chicken Soup for the Soul – Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen

For Dad: The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

For Ate: Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

For Kuya: Tuesdays with Morrie

For Bunso: Did I ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? – Dr. Seuss

3. Listen to Praise Music

Set a spiritual mood inside the house by playing some praise music. Create a spiritual playlist that the whole family can listen to while preparing for prayer time. Here are some songs to include in your playlist:

*Song of Ruth

*Still – Hillsong

*Lead Me to the Cross – Hillsong

*Who Am I – Casting Crowns

*You Know Better Than I – (from the musical Joseph the Dreamer)

*God of this City – Chris Tomlin

*Hossana – Hillsong

4. Bake for a Cause

Learn how to bake a pretzel. Shaped into the form of arms crossed in prayer, a pretzel is seen as a traditional Lenten food. As it is made only of water, flour, and salt, it reminds us that in biblical times, Catholics fasted from butter, milk, eggs, cream, cheese, and meat. Give your homemade pretzels a twist by making delicious dips. Put your treats up for sale and donate the proceeds to the needy.

5. Go on a Mini Retreat

Remind your household of God’s grace by arranging a mini retreat. Lead your family in Lenten Readings. Take turns with each member doing a reading, sharing a favorite bible verse, and a personal reflection. End the session with high spirits through a “pick me up session”—that is, sharing of stories that can make each member of the family feel how much of a blessing they are.

6. Find Things to Donate

Find books, old toys, or clothing items that are still usable but you can do without. You can giftwrap these pieces and give them to the homeless.

As an alternative, you can look for designer shoes and bags that you’re willing to part with. You can make instant cash out of these by pawning them with PawnHero and donating the proceeds to a charitable institution. This Lenten Season, let us forget that it is not the things we take that make us rich—it’s the things we give.

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Mai Porras

Writes part time, spreads sunshine full time. Loves dogs, elephants, coffee, and the old book smell.