Lent has begun….Yesterday was the first of 40 days of something Christian. Jesus modeled the concept. He gave up His life so that you could have life. He offers to all the free gift of eternal life.

If you are giving up something for Lent this year, would you consider giving up something that also gives back? What if you decided to give up drinking anything but water and the money that you would have spent on delicious smoothies and cappuccinos, donate it to water initiatives in Haiti. If you’re giving up TV or Facebook, you could donate an amount to fund the solar panel project to keep the lights on in the ‘Sant Mouvman.’ (CPR-3’s Center of Movement in Haiti) GIVE IT AWAY, TODAY!

Here are some great tools to help you ‘remember and give thanks’ during this Lenten season. These have been provided by the great people of YOU Version: YOUR LENT PLAN and RESOURCES

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian tradition of Lent. During these 40 days leading up to Easter (April 20), followers of Christ prepare their hearts by turning their minds away from the physical to the spiritual. YouVersion offers several Bible plans that can help you reflect on God’s Word every day between now and Easter:

Lent For Everyone is a devotional featuring a daily reading from Matthew and inspirational words for reflection from renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright. 53 days

40 Days of Lent chronologically traces Jesus’ last week on earth, through the New Testament gospel accounts. The seven Sundays are days of rest, according to tradition. 47 days
Devotions for Lent from Holy Bible: Mosaic brings together quotes, readings, and Scripture to focus your mind on Christ. 46 days

ReThink Life: 40 Day Devotional presents Scripture, key thoughts, and prayer to challenge you to “rethink” seven important areas in your life. 40 days

Hillsong: 40 Days of Revival reveals attributes from history’s greatest revivals — presence, prayer, purity, power, personal sacrifice, and praise — to help you know God and His ways.40 days

The 40-Day New Testament Challenge leads you through the entire New Testament in just 40 days, taking off Sundays as traditional days of rest. 40 days

Whether you prefer reading the Bible or hearing it read to you, you can find many more plans at

The most important things in our lives are worth sharing. Tell your friends which Bible plan you’re committing to—and ask them to join you! Then keep sharing what you’re reading and learning, all the way up to Easter Sunday. Online, the worldwide YouVersion community will be using the hashtag #PreparingForEaster.