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
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?
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
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
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
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.
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
By Shannon Haddad
Our 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
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.
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