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8 Campus Rec Ideas for Valentine’s Day

February 5, 2021

Written by Danielle Whitmire, Intramural Sports Coordinator

Struggling to think of a creative Valentine’s date idea for you & your significant other? Do you need a fun way to celebrate Galentine’s Day? Are you and your roommate just tired of watching Netflix all day, every day? Here are 8 Campus Rec activities if you’re looking to try something new this V-day:

Coast Down the Slopes & Coffee

Flex your ski/snowboarding skills at Snowflex or laugh as the two of you fly down the tubing runs. The best part? It’s all free for Liberty students! After your time on the slopes, you can warm up in the cozy Barrick-Falwell Lodge over a cup of The Muse Coffee and delicious pastries.

Pins & Pizza

Pick up one of your favorite pies from Woodfire Pizza Co., then go pick up some spares! The Montview Bowling Alley is a great place for a double date, a group outing, or a ladies’ night! To make it even better, the Montview Bowling Alley is hosting a BOGO Blacklight Bowling event from 6 p.m.–close on Valentine’s Day!

Gun Club & Gyros

Head up to LMGC between 2-6 P.M. on Valentine’s Day to practice your shooting skills and enjoy the mountain views! Afterwards, head back down the mountain and grab some Garbanzo or gyros from Hot and Cold Café Downtown Lynchburg!

Hike & Hot Cocoa

Zip up your winter layers, lace up your hiking boots, and fill a thermos full of cocoa! Grab a trail map at Hydaway Outdoor Center and navigate your way to where Clear Cut Rd. intersects the powerlines. Enjoy the beauty of the morning or get there in time to see the sunset. Either way, this might just become your favorite date of all time.

Exercise & Energize

Hold each other to those New Year’s resolutions and hit the gym at LaHaye Recreation & Fitness Center or David’s Place for a workout. For something sweet, follow it up with some delicious and nutritious smoothies!

Skate Park & Sushi

Pick up your skateboards (or those roller skates you bought during quarantine) and head over to the Liberty Mountain Skate Park, where students can skate for free! Afterward, walk a few doors over to Wasabi and grab some sushi.

Rock Climb & Rocky Road

Visit the LaHaye Rock Wall to try the new routes then go for ice cream at a new spot! Try a lesser-known favorite like Outside the Cone.

Table Tennis & Tacos

Compete against each other (and others) for a coveted Intramural Sports championship shirt at the Table Tennis or Billiards Tournaments at the Montview Game Room on Feb. 12. Take your talents to Tacos Locos for dinner afterward to celebrate—whether it was a brilliant victory or a valiant effort.

Whatever your plans may be for Valentine’s Day weekend, Campus Recreation has you covered. If you already made other plans but are interested in viewing our events for the rest of the semester, head to our Events page!

Campus Recreation Challenge

January 28, 2021

Written by Darienne James, Marketing Employee

Campus Recreation works hard to bring incredible experiences and activities to the Liberty student body each semester. Every opportunity provided is centered on the idea that being active can be enjoyable and that our holistic well-being matters!

For the entirety of the spring semester, you will have the opportunity to compete in the first ever Campus Rec Challenge. This challenge is not only a great way to stay active, but a way to push yourself while getting to know all that Campus Recreation has to offer. Those who complete the challenge will receive an award and be entered to win one of the grand prizes!

How to Participate

Make sure to pick up a challenge booklet at any of the Campus Recreation facilities, or in the Campus Recreation main office (located in Green Hall above Chick-fil-A)!

Here are the rules for participation:

  • The activities can be completed in any order and at any time throughout the semester.
  • They must be completed within operational hours at each facility.
  • After completing the activities, you must verify your completion with a faculty staff member. You will receive a sticker from the staff member covering that activity in your booklet.
  • You cannot get credit for your activity if you do not have your booklet with you.
  • Please write your full name and LU email address on your booklet. Staff may ask to validate your identity with your Flames Pass.

So, What are the Activities?

Who doesn’t like stickers? Below you will see the activity you must complete at each facility if you want one for your booklet. There are 10 activities in total!

Montview Game Room: 1 game of billiards or ping-pong
Montview Bowling Alley: Score 75+ in one game of bowling
David’s Place: Complete 1 mile on the treadmill
LaHaye Rec & Fit: 1 Group Ex class or climb at the Rock Wall
Liberty Mountain Equestrian Center: Check in with staff and take a selfie with a horse
Liberty Mountain Gun Club: Complete 1 game (trap, skeet, or 5-stand) at the shotgun range
Hydaway Outdoor Center: Check out and utilize equipment from the outfitter
Intramural Sports: Participate in a tournament or team sport
Liberty Mountain Skate Park: Take a selfie with Sparky
Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre: Participate in skiing or snowboarding

Eyes on the Prize!

You’re probably dying to know what prize awaits you upon the completion of this challenge! Here’s the good news: if you complete all ten activities, you will receive an exclusive Campus Rec hoodie as a completion award!

When you have collected all of your stickers, drop your booklet off at the Campus Recreation Office and pick up your hoodie. You must drop off your booklet no later than the last day of classes (May 4, 2021).

Along with this exclusive hoodie, you will be eligible to win one of two grand prizes! After turning your completed booklet in, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a Nintendo Switch Lite or an Apple Watch 40MM Series 5. Shortly after May 4, Campus Rec Staff will choose 1 winner for each prize. Winners will be emailed and announced via social media.

So, what do you think? Are you up to the challenge? Pick up a brochure today at any of our facilities or the Campus Recreation office!

Outdoor Trip and Ice Cream Crawl of Lynchburg

August 6, 2020

Written by Maria Campanella, Facility Manager at Hydaway Outdoor Center

It is officially summer and although things have been different surrounding our world lately, we are blessed enough to still get outside. In my opinion, the perfect pairing to an outdoor activity is ice cream, so I have compiled a short list of trips near Lynchburg that I have paired with a local ice cream shop for afterwards. This is a great beginner’s guide to the outdoor activities Lynchburg has to offer and the classic ice cream places as well.

Fly Fishing & MayLynn’s

One of the first trips we took as a group was to Hunting Creek for a fly fishing trip. Many of us were beginners, so don’t worry, it can be done! If you are a complete beginner and have no idea where to start, Angler’s Lane located in Lynchburg offers guided trips for people of all experience levels. Hunting Creek is a great location to learn and experience fly fishing for the first time as well. If you want to learn more, here is a great YouTube video to get you started!

MayLynn’s Creamery is well known for being one of Lynchburg’s best! You have two locations to pick from: their truck in Boonsboro or the shop location in downtown Lynchburg. Both locations are great and have a variety of flavors and treats to choose from. I personally prefer the truck, but no matter which location you choose, you will be getting high quality ice cream after a high-quality trip and outdoor activity!

Canoe Trip & Mister Goodie’s

The James River is a perfect location to do some river canoeing! Our department recently went on a 15-mile trip down the James River, and it was truly the perfect day. I couldn’t recommend it more. There are many different access points along the James River, so you can make the trip your own and specific to your goals. Here is a great list of the different places to start and finish a trip. Also, make sure you prepare before you go by checking the water levels and ensuring the safety of the trip.

If you do not have access to a canoe, they are available to rent at Hydaway! If canoeing isn’t your cup of tea, tubing is also a great option! James River Runners offers a 3 mile river trip and provides tubes.

Just like the James River is a Lynchburg staple, Mister Goodies is just as classic. It is the perfect stop after a long day on the river, and you can find their menu here if you have never been! Not to mention, they always have some kind of special going on.

Hike & Mister Goodies (Boonsboro)

Hiking is always a good option for an outdoor activity and there are plenty to choose from around Lynchburg. One that you may not have heard of is called House Mountain. It has multiple options for views, and it is a great hike for anybody! It is a little on the challenging side and is pretty inclined most of the way up, but that means it is an easy trip down!

House Mountain is an underrated hike, just like the Mister Goodies in Boonsboro is, in my opinion, a very underrated ice cream place. They have hand scooped ice cream with rotating flavors! Their current menu can always be found on their Facebook page. Everyone I have talked to who has been here loves it, including me! 10/10 recommend.

Liberty Mountain Trail Series & Outside the Cone

This is my personal favorite. There are so many trails within the Liberty trail system that are hidden gems. Clear Cut is one of my all-time favorite trails and one of our best. However, you can’t go wrong. If you don’t have a map to our trail system, you can find one at any trail kiosk or visit our website.

Last but not least, Outside the Cone is a newer option in Wyndhurst, but it is quickly becoming a Lynchburg favorite! They are constantly coming up with new flavors, and they always make sure they have vegan/dairy-free options available. Also, their vanilla and chocolate flavors won a National Award at the NIRCA Convention in 2019!

Happy summer, get out there!

      Taking Advantage of Outdoor Exercise in Virginia

      May 8, 2020

      Written By Lauren Stinner, Marketing Intern

      With Summer approaching, the state of Virginia offers many opportunities for residents and visitors to participate in—whether its hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway, running and biking on trails, or yoga in the park. Here are a few reasons why you should take advantage of outdoor exercise in Virginia:

      There is something to do in all four seasons.

      Living in Virginia means the ever-so-changing, yet beautiful seasons. The warmth of the summer sun, crisp fall air, cold and refreshing winter, and blooming spring means that you can cater your outdoor exercise to whatever the weather allows, while taking in the glory of God’s creation.

      Adventure to find the best views.

      Virginia is no stranger to incredible drives and mountain-top outlooks. Whether it’s the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park, or Natural Bridge, you won’t be disappointed with what you find. Use the natural beauty of what God has made to move your body!

      There are endless hiking spots.

        Along with the views come some pretty popular hiking trails. Devil’s Marble Yard, Sharp Top, and Cole Mountain–just to name a few–are great hikes for any time of year. Hiking is a great way to exercise because you get to explore nature while you do it!

        Fresh air is good for you.

          Especially while we are primarily spending our time indoors, getting outside can actually be beneficial for your health. Some of the best days in Virginia are the ones where you can either crack open your window and let a nice breeze in or actually get out and enjoy some fresh air.

          Nature is free!

          Exercising outdoors is FREE! You get to choose where you want to go and what type of exercise you want to do. Running, hiking, swimming, biking, and yoga are just a few ways you can get your body moving outside. Whether it’s your front yard, a park, or even the beach, the possibilities of what you can do are endless.

          The outdoors aid your mental health.

          This could very possibly be the greatest advantage to exercising outdoors. Getting outside can actually increase the good endorphins in our brains, which aid in us feeling happy–especially in the summertime.. Any time spent outside is beneficial in our overall mental state as we are reminded by God’s creation of his beauty and power.

          Increase your Vitamin D.

          Our bodies need Vitamin D to increase your immune system.. Did you know that the only other way to get Vitamin D other than taking supplements is direct sunlight? Spending extended amounts of time in the sun, with some sort of SPF of course, can give you a full dose of Vitamin D in one day.

          Whatever activity you choose, Virginia will not disappoint. Have fun and stay hydrated!

           

              Gut Health and Why it’s Important

              May 1, 2020

              Written By Lauren Stinner, Marketing Intern

              In today’s society, we are often given a simple fix to a health problem without even considering where the problem could have originated. If you ask any doctor, they would tell you that gut health is the very foundation of how our bodies function. So now you’re probably asking yourself – “How do I get a healthy gut?” Hare some steps you can take to get your body on the right track:

              Increase Your Water Intake.

              The rule of thumb for how much water a person should consume daily is one-half to one-full ounce for every pound you weigh. For example, if a person weighs 150 lbs., they should be consuming roughly 75-150 oz. of water per day. Water is important for our bodies because it flushes out any toxins that we may be holding in, thus compromising our immune systems. Increasing your water intake is also a great way to stay hydrated in these upcoming summer months.

              Consider Taking a Probiotic.

              Probiotics are a supplement that aid in the production of “good bacteria” in the gut. Some foods that act as a great probiotic would be Greek yogurt, kombucha, and even cheddar cheese. Not only do probiotics increase the health of your gut, they also keep your body regular.

              Observe Your Current Diet.

                If you are eating high amounts of sugar and fat, you might need to reconsider your food choices. A simple meal guide to live by is 50% fruits and/or vegetables, 25% protein (meat, nuts, etc.), and 25% fiber-rich carbohydrates (avocado, lentils, etc.). Having a balanced diet of natural foods like fruits, vegetables, and meat, help keep your gut in check.

                Smoothie Recipe

                An easy way to keep your gut happy is by making smoothies with the perfect green and fiber-rich ingredients your body craves. I’m sure when you hear “detox” smoothies, you think they’re probably gross. But, we created a cinnamon berry smoothie that we think you’ll love! Check out our video here.

                Regulate Your Exercise.

                  Keeping your body active can greatly impact the health of your gut. However, exercise needs to be built into your daily routine in order for it to benefit your body. Going for walks in the morning, running to your favorite playlist, or even swimming now that it’s heating up, are all great ways that exercise can become a daily ritual.

                  Gut health can make a major difference in your day-to-day activities. Doctors have even found that an unhealthy gut can be linked to anxiety and depression. Not only will you have more energy if you take care of your gut, but your body will thank you in the long run. 1 Corinthians 6:20 says “You were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”

                      Changing Seasons

                      April 24, 2020

                      Written By Alivia Chenoweth, Marketing Manager

                      When we take the time to sit back and reflect on our lives, we see the stages of transformation that we have gone through in different seasons in our lives. As we near the end of April and the beginning of May, a time of change is about to happen for all of us. Summer is approaching, seniors are graduating, resumes are being built, and jobs are being sought out. There’s a big looming question over so many of our heads of “What’s next?”.

                      Change is Hard

                      There is no denying that changing seasons can bring about fear, anxiety, and self-doubt. Even when we know a change is on the horizon, we never truly know how we are going to respond until we’re in the midst of it. The purpose of this blog is to shed some light on the typical habits that happen in each season and hope that this identification empowers you to understand or define your emotional tendencies.

                      Change is a natural part in each of our lives and is something that has been physiologically proven to impact each and every one of us. Our needs, desires, and behaviors are constantly changing to the natural ebb and flow of these cycles and seasons of our lives.

                      The term “Seasons” is commonly used in our culture as Liberty students—typically as a biblical term to describe the hard changes in our lives that grow us in our faith and relationship with the Lord. It can also be used to describe positive times in our lives that celebrate joys and new beginnings.

                      Seasons of Transformation

                      There is also a physiological use of “seasons” that is interesting to look at and is compared to the actual seasons that we experience here on Earth—spring, summer, fall, and winter. It is academically named “The Seasons of Transformation IQ Matrix,” and each one is linked to different ways that we are affected whether we know it or not. The following are the seasons and their definitions:

                      Summer – A season for reward, celebration, and fulfillment.

                      • Throughout this time, you may find yourself traveling, leisure, accomplishing goals and objectives, taking risks, taking proactive action, expanding your comfort zone, and thinking creatively, proactively and optimistically.

                      Autumn – A season for survival, mistakes, and problems.

                      • Throughout this time, you may find yourself avoiding responsibility, contracting your comfort zone, hesitating, thinking unrealistically, ineffectively and pessimistically.

                      Winter – A season for reflection, hibernation, and planning.

                      • During this time, you may find yourself time for finding inner peace and solitude, time for bonding with family, friends and loved ones, time for journaling thoughts and feelings, time for thinking critically, realistically, problematically and thoughtfully about Life.

                      Spring – A season for learning, opportunity and dynamic thinking.

                      • During this season, you may find yourself developing new skills, habits and social contacts, altering personal mindsets, expanding knowledge, options, and opportunities, setting goals, and thinking strategically, tactically, and insightfully

                      Self-Awareness and Growth

                        An important thing to note is that no matter what season of life you are in, these seasons continually cycle through, and a new one will approach. How we choose to handle these life transformations will grow us as a person mentally, spiritually, and physically. Having people in our lives that will constantly push us to do our best and keep us accountable is essential to healthy, well-rounded growth.

                        Something that I have found helpful to do is ask myself these three questions as I realize that change is happening in my life.

                        1. Which season am I currently experiencing?
                        2. How have the seasons I have walked through shaped my character and more specifically my relationship with the Lord?
                        3. How am I going to use this knowledge and character shift to prepare myself for the season to come?

                        If you are going through a time where you are asking yourself the big “What’s next?” question, know that this season is temporary. Maybe that internship you were banking on just got cancelled, or you are graduating and the job search keeps coming up dry. But, He works all things together for His good. You cycle through the seasons for times of learning and growth, so it is important to acknowledge that and take advantage of it as much as you can.

                        If you are heading into a new and exciting time of your life – congrats! There will be so many tough challenges ahead I am sure, but they are ones that will shape your life forever. Always make sure to have people around to keep you accountable physically, mentally, and spiritually to continue growing, and best of luck with this new stage in your life!

                        Interested in more information on The Seasons of Transformation IQ Matrix? Visit this website to learn more! https://blog.iqmatrix.com/seasons-of-transformation

                            Must-Download Physical and Mental Health Apps

                            April 17, 2020

                            Written By Cricket Jurgovan, Personal Trainer

                            Finding the right app to help keep you accountable in workouts, meal-planning, and health goals can be tricky, especially when there are thousands to choose from. I chose my top 8 free apps to share with you that have proven to be a great resource when it comes to accountability in so many areas of my life!

                            RP Diet App

                              Have you heard the idiom, “Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym”? This app is specifically made by nutritional experts and data scientists to get you results! It’s a diet coach in your pocket—whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, or maintain an athletic physique at peak performance—it’s all there! For each meal, you get to choose from a long list of healthy options, and the app tells you exactly how much you need of each food item to be on track with your goals.

                              My Water & Drink Reminder

                                If you struggle with drinking enough water like me, this is a simple app that sends you reminders and helps you track your water intake! It’s easy to use and intuitive, and best of all, FREE! It will give you a water amount based on you water weight or you can set your own goal within the app.

                                Daylio Journal

                                Mental health matters! Understanding what activities and moods trigger various things is important in understanding yourself better. This app is extremely helpful in keeping track of your mood and your activities. If you consistently chart, you’ll be surprised to see the patterns you follow that you have never realized before!

                                Calm

                                This meditation and sleep stories app is a lifesaver for those who have issues sleeping or well with anxiety the second their head hits the pillow. Explore the various music, stories, and videos this app offers for less stress and better sleep!

                                Workout Calendar – Motivation

                                Motivation provides you a calendar designed to keep track of your training sessions by showing you your completed days. Keep up with your workout days and what type of work outs you have planned ahead with this app’s simple layout and notifications!

                                Interval Timer ++

                                This app is a beautifully designed app to help you keep up with your work/rest intervals during your workout! This is perfect for HIIT, Tabata, running, and any workout that requires timing!

                                Liberty Today

                                If you didn’t know by now, Liberty has an app that has a section called LU Fit. This app has been filled with workout videos from our Fitness staff that you can utilize to understand how to incorporate all the equipment at LaHaye into your workouts! This app also includes a stopwatch, map of LaHaye, hours, and a general overview of the various spaces offered in LaHaye!

                                All Trails: Hike, Bike, and Run

                                Being outdoors is great fun, but sometimes it’s hard finding trails when you’re in a new area or if you’re looking to find a trail you haven’t explored yet. You can browse hikes and walks in your area and read others reviews and pictures. The app will guide you straight to the trailhead and advise you in which hikes are dog, kid, or wheelchair friendly. You can even save the hike for later or track your progress to share with family members or social media!

                                SmartGym & Home Workouts

                                This is a one-stop-shop for all of your fitness needs! It’s a great app that helps you create and manage your routines and gives you access to pre-made workouts designed by professionals for wherever you go! Due to world-wide circumstances, the makers have made all at-home workouts FREE. Track your progress as you go, and the app will keep up with your measurements and history and provide you with a wide library of animated exercises to follow as well as verbal cues!

                                 

                                    Why You Should Invest in Good Tennis Shoes

                                    April 10, 2020

                                    Written By Lauren Stinner, Marketing Intern

                                    When it comes to finding the right running shoes, you want to make sure that you are finding the shoe specifically for you. Investing in a pair that is suited to you can make all the difference during your run—and after!

                                    In order to find out what why good running shoes can be beneficial I sat down with Alex Karman, a manager at LaHaye Recreation & Fitness Center. Alex has been running almost all of her life and has participated in several races including the Deep Hollow Half Marathon at Hydaway and the Disney Marathon in Florida. When asked why she invest in good running shoes she said:

                                    “Good running shoes are extremely important for every runner because they prevent injuries such as shin splints, runner’s knee, and plantar fasciitis. I invested in my first good pair of running shoes after developing plantar fasciitis in my left foot. Running shoes are all made very differently which is why it’s especially important that you get fitted for the shoe that is right for you. Depending on how you run (over pronate or under pronate) should determine the type of shoe you buy and the way it fits. Good running shoes will provide proper cushioning while adding a spring to your step.”

                                    As Alex said, finding out the pronation of your feet is what determines what running shoe is best for you. Fit Day defines pronation as “the degree to which your feet rotate inward when you run. Some people rotate too much which is what is known as over pronation, and others not enough, which is under pronation.”

                                    After some research on the top 3 running shoe brands, we were able to configure our top recommendations for you as you start searching for the right shoe.

                                    1. Hoka One One Carbon X: The Carbon X is ideal for runners with wide feet; the spacious but snug forefoot platform provides support and stability, holding your feet just enough so it doesn’t slide around the shoes whilst the upper mesh offers breathability.
                                    2. Nike React Infinity Run: The new Flyknit upper is comfortable yet firm and there is no sign of chafing around the rear of the foot. The integrated knitted tongue and the lace closure helps the Nike React Infinity Run follow the shape of the foot as closely as possible.
                                    3. Asics Gel-Nimbus 21: The Gel-Nimbus 21 was designed for comfortable, long-distance runs and not explosive sprints. There are better shoes for that purpose.

                                    Finding a store that is specific to running will know to ask the right questions to find the best shoe for you. Running with the wrong shoes will only hurt you, but buying shoes tailored for you is a long-term investment that will definitely pay off.

                                        Ways To Stay Active During Social Distancing

                                        March 23, 2020

                                        Written By Lauren Stinner, Marketing Intern

                                        Just a few weeks ago, the term “social distancing” had never even been a thought. If you are cooped up inside, try and get active for at least thirty minutes per day. In these coming days or weeks, there are some excellent ways that you can keep your body moving while social distancing yourself.

                                        Find an At-Home Workout Routine

                                        Luckily, in our day and age, finding workout resources on YouTube, the App Store, Pinterest and more is easier than ever. Keeping your body healthy and moving can help keep your mind sharp, as well as drive out any anxiety. Take what you usually do at a gym or outside and translate that into a workout you can do in the comfort of your own home!

                                          Learn a New Dance

                                          With the rise of TikTok, there are hundreds of new dances to learn. Not only does this create movement while being inside, but it can also be fun for others to do with you. If you are home with family and distancing yourself from public places and people, try and get your family members to learn a dance with you! This can create community within your living environment while just letting loose.

                                          Go for a Walk

                                          This might sound so simple, and that’s because it is! Fresh air can be so good for our bodies. Going for a brisk walk can help get you into a more positive headspace after being inside all day! Go alone or invite the family dog so it can get some energy out, too.

                                          Learn Some Yoga Poses

                                          Yoga can be an excellent way to clear your mind of any worry or fear. Go on YouTube and find some new yoga poses, or even a yoga routine that will be best for you. Find a quiet place in your home and practice these techniques. Maybe this means waking up before the rest of your family so you can start the day with peace and prayer!

                                          Clean Your Living Space

                                          Whether it’s your room, kitchen, bathroom, or any room in your home, right now couldn’t be a better time to clean, organize, and Marie Kondo your place. Try and find the most commonly touched items in your house and disinfect them. If you don’t have any disinfectant, look up some substitutes. You’d be surprised what household item can be used to get rid of germs (hydrogen peroxide, anyone?!). Be extra cautious of surfaces you touch, and go the extra mile when tidying up. Try to turn this into a game with your siblings or see what other chores you might be able to do that help you reach your move goal!

                                          Challenge Your Friends

                                          If you have an Apple watch, share your Activity with your friends who also have one! This will help keep each of you accountable and turn your move and exercise rings into a daily challenge with each other. Or, see what type of trends are happening on Instagram right now like the 10 push-up challenge!

                                          All of these things can be useful tools while social distancing. The temptation to sit on the couch all day and binge watch Netflix shows is very real, but keeping your body moving will not only keep your immune system up, it will also keep you in shape for when life goes back to “normal”. Finally, lean into God with your fear, uncertainty, or anger you have in this new season at home miles away from your friends and trying to figure out online classes with your family around 24/7. Cling to the words of Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

                                          Preparing for Lent

                                          February 21, 2020

                                          Written By Lauren Stinner, Marketing Intern

                                          As Christians, the weeks leading up to Easter can be a time of spiritual preparation. One of the ways you can prepare your heart in this season is by participating in Lent. The purpose of Lent is much like fasting; it takes something out of your everyday life and replaces it with time to grow in faith. This year, Lent starts on February 26th and ends on April 9th. As you approach this season of faith, think about what you can set aside in order to focus on your spiritual walk. As stated in our mission, Liberty Recreation Centers seeks to provide holistic well-being, and Lent is a perfect example of this. Here are some ways you can prepare for Lent.

                                            Prepare Your Mind

                                            The mid-semester stress is starting to set In, and it can be so easy to let other priorities crowd our heads. 1 Peter 1:13 says “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Setting aside a portion of your day to clear your mind can be beneficial in you walk with Christ. Meditation can help ease your stress, and activities like devotionals and yoga can be very helpful.

                                            Prepare Your Body

                                            Taking care of your health can be both physical and spiritual. 1 Timothy 4:8 says “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” Taking care of your physical health can aid in your mental health. When you take care of your body, you are not only honoring yourself, but honoring God.

                                            Prepare Your Heart

                                            This is the most important because getting your heart in the right place to hear God in the season of Lent can mean so much. Job 11:13-19 says “If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer! Get rid of your sins and leave all iniquity behind you.” When you choose what you will give up for Lent, make sure your intentions are pure. Although every person is born with a sinful nature, keeping you heart set on God assures you are on the path to righteousness.

                                            Think of Something You Can Give Up to Honor God More.

                                            For example, giving up coffee or a social media platform can eliminate something you are subconsciously dependent on and replace it with more of Jesus. Lent is a wonderful way to spend time in your walk with God. Use this season to better your relationships, change your mindset, and reflect on the sacrifice Christ made for you.