It is tradition for Catholics to "give something up" during lent as a sacrifice and repentance. This year I am doing something that I have tried to do unsuccessfully. I am setting my alarm and waking up BEFORE my children in order to have time for scripture reading and prayer time. I need to make God the biggest priority in my life, and I am having trouble carving out the time. No more excuses- get to bed earlier so that I can wake up with the Lord.
S.O.A.P. stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. If you want an explanation for these sections, please read my first SOAP post.
"Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength Take to heart these words which I command you today. Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them on your arm as a sign and let them be as a pendant on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates."