I started to very intentionally work prayer into our daily conversation in ways that didn’t feel forced or hokey.
I said a prayer for guidance and remembered no one can comprehend the grace of God.
How do you teach your kids and teens to be thankful? How do you practice forgiveness? I’ve find practicing forgiveness and thankfulness much like choir or cello practice. It takes a lot of work, and the work never seems to end. And I don’t just mean for our kids.
I asked our church’s youth what mattered to them.
By building intentionality into our days, my girls and I make time to enjoy God’s creation.
Adults have much to offer to teens, and teens have much to teach us. This is hard work. Let’s get started.
Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog post questioning whether or not kids should be forced to attend church. The feedback was overwhelmingly in favor of taking kids to church, for a variety of reasons. If we say we want kids to come to church, then stop engaging them, our actions don’t match up with our words. Just what are we prepared to do to keep kids, teens, and young adults in church?
I made a handout to teach my parish the practice of Compline. I wasn’t sure quite what would happen when I took five home.
Remember when the acronym WWJD got popular? What Would Jesus Do is a great question to ask in a myriad of situations: when you’re parking, and someone goes for the same spot you’re going for, when someone is rude, and you want to tell them a thing or two… but what about parenting? Have you ever looked at your kids and wondered… what would Jesus do?
The day will come when death slaps my kids in the face. When it does, I want them to remember all our Ash Wednesdays.