Engaging in Works of Mercy as a family

By Derek Rotty

I have just written elsewhere that Lent is about conversion, and that the works of mercy are a primary way of turning more fully toward Jesus. But, how is that supposed to work for families? After all, kids have lots of sports practices, they need to be bathed, and, at the end of the day, we’re exhausted from “the parent life.” Read More

God’s Timeline is Perfect

By Gaby Smith

I’m not sure who needs to hear this, but God’s timeline is perfect. I would say that a lot of the time, it doesn’t align with my timeline, my schedule or my routine. If it did align with our schedules, how spontaneous would life be?

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“No House is More Beautiful than Ours”

By Sarah McDonald

When I was a little girl, I dreamt of how I would decorate my house for Christmas. I knew exactly what I wanted with white lights, garland, and crystals sparkling. Well, all of my grandiose ideas of elegance came crashing down this past Christmas as I looked around my child-decorated house that featured prominently my babies’ own creations and Christmas stockings hung from the curtain rods.

One harsh thought came to my selfish mind – my house has become a tacky Christmas sweater. Read More

Praise and Worship

By Kristen Bourgeois

Recently, I came across Psalm 77 during my prayer time.  And I can relate to the psalmist.  Praying to God and not feeling heard.  Being distressed in prayer.  But then what? 

What do you do in prayer when you are weary?  As I continued reading on, the answer was right there.  The psalmist decides in his distress to recall the deeds of the Lord and ponder them.

How often have I been weary in prayer and decided to remember the good works of the Lord?  Or to just praise God for who he is?  Read More

Preparing for Lent

By Kim Roberts

With the conclusion of Mardi Gras, and all its fun and festivities and family activities, it is time for penance and Lent.

I have been a mother for 26 years and, reflecting back, I am not sure that I have set an enthusiastic example for my children for Lent as I did for Mardi Gras.

We spend days on the parade route enjoying time together, parades, food and camaraderie with friends, which is important to do as a family, but shouldn’t we approach lent in much the same matter. Probably, without all the food and drinking though. Read More

Ten-minute challenge

By Ty Salvant

 

How much time a day do you spend communicating with your spouse? Research shows that married couples on average spend less than 10 minutes a day in meaningful dialogue. That’s not to say that they aren’t talking to each other at all, but with work, family and life responsibilities, couples’ conversations tend to focus on putting out fires or addressing needs as opposed to having a meaningful exchange.

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The Art of Giving Your Family to God

By Megan Lacourrege

The recent loss of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash has been heartbreaking. When these tragedies happen, we often find ourselves reflecting on our own lives. We may experience fear of our families enduring such tragedy. There may be gratitude for what we still have and terror in considering how we would manage without it. Read More

Seeking The Truth 

By Greg Zambrano 

 

How do we go through life and help our family, especially our children to not fall for lies? If we do not seek the truth, we will fall for lies.

Some time ago, when in church among a group of people that had gathered, someone mentioned that evil and lies lurk everywhere. This is true, I was thinking. They said that we must know and study the evils out there so we won’t be their victim. This way, you can see them coming and react. Read More

Loved at My Worst

By Shannon Haddad

Shannon HaddadOur 3-year-old has recently been entering into a new “threen-ager” phase where she has been experiencing a lot of “big feelings” and very little control over them.

The other day, after my fifth, unsuccessful attempt to fix her dress-up Elsa wig just so on her head, she had a complete and utter meltdown because the wig simply didn’t “feel” right. Read More

The Power of a Parent’s Blessing

By Leslie Bertucci

Ever since my children were young, I have made it a habit to bless them. I bless them while they lay in their beds at night, ready for sleep. I bless them in the car on the way to school. I bless them as they embark on a journey.

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Jesus School

By Kristy Solis

One of the most important decisions that you will have to make on behalf of your child is deciding where your child will be educated.  

When it came time to make this decision for our child, we had way too many options of schools. Post-Katrina education had a different

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