Daily Miracle -
I am so excited for you!
Lent/Ash Wednesday are typically Catholic traditions. I don't know the specifics - I am sure you could as in the One Bread, One Body forum and learn if that's what you wanted to do.
BUT - you don't need to do that to be Christian.
As for what to call yourself - it doesn't matter to Jesus
"Religion is man's way to reach God; Jesus is God's way to reach man."
It's all about the relationship you have, Daily Miracle.
What *DO* you need to do to be Christian? Ask Jesus into you heart, repent of your sins, and ask for forgiveness.
To *LIVE* as a Christian, that's a different question! And you learn that by doing just what you are doing; reading the Bible; praying; asking others... Jesus summed it all up with two commands:
1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.
2. Love your neighbor as yourself.
The New Testament is a great place to learn about the life of a Christian. James is a very practical book about the Christian life.
As for reading the Bible, try starting in the Gospel on John. Then read 1 John.
Feel free to PM me if you want to chat more!!