Many mothers face difficulty with taking a moment out of their busy lives to care for themselves. Often times, we are the first person our husbands and our children seek out when a crisis is brewing. We have a tendency to overlook our needs – physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Yet, much like the instructions on an airplane, warning, “Those traveling with small children, please be sure to put on your oxygen mask before placing your child’s on them,” so too do we need to remember to put on our own spiritual oxygen mask, before we can properly assist our own family members.
Lent is fast approaching, and is a penitential season in the Catholic Church. It always begins on Ash Wednesday (this year, the 1st of March), and is a time where we focus on preparing our hearts and homes for the death of Jesus on the Cross at Calvary, the period of emptiness after His death, and then His triumphant Resurrection.
Lent is a time in which we are called to walk with Christ as we prepare for His Passion and Suffering, which He willingly endured for our sins and our salvation.
The Zelie Group contributing bloggers are dedicated to providing avenues of awareness for the importance of self-care – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – that often get overlooked as we carry about our tasks as wives and mothers. Therefore, after a significant amount of consideration, we put together a bundle of spiritual-based goodies, geared to enhance one lucky reader’s Lent.
Several of our contributing bloggers reviewed a copy of the book, Walk in Her Sandals. Every single reviewer of the book found something relatable in the pages – it was a book which transcended ages of readers, their walks of life, and their individual faith journeys. To check out the reviews of almost a dozen different bloggers, click the picture below.
Matthew Kelly’s latest book, Resisting Happiness, is another title making its rounds in Catholic faith-studies today. Author of Rediscover Catholicism, and Rediscover Jesus, Mr. Kelly’s latest book challenges its readers to tackle their own obstacles of obtaining happiness, and asserts our focus should be on the One who will truly make us happy – God, and our relationship with Our Father.
Many of the faithful readers of The Zelie Group are mothers, and we all know, no matter what our ages of children, teaching children prayers can be tough! Therefore, we have two prayer books designed to encourage our children to say their prayers, to foster and nurture a relationship with God, and to also perhaps jog our own memories of prayers we may have forgotten throughout the years.
The Zelie Group’s giveaway wouldn’t be complete without some items to help recharge our own spiritual and emotional batteries as well! Since Lent is a time in which many of us give up tasty treats, chocolate, and more edible sorts of gifts, we decided to focus on gifting self-care items such as individualized scented soaps from Monastery Creations, a candle, and a Rosary. Perhaps, at the end of a long, tough day, the last three items in the giveaway will allow one lady to sit down, relax, pamper herself, and contemplate the Mysteries of Mommy Mary’s Rosary.
The Zelie Group hopes this giveaway allows one reader to have a spiritually refreshed, reflective, and rejuvenating Lent.
Tell us in the comments below, what are your plans to focus on your spiritual life this Lent, as you also prepare your hearts, homes, and families for the Lenten season?