Our Peace Brings Peace

Christ is Risen! I don’t know about you, but after a busy Lenten season and a full and glorious Holy Week and Paschal celebration settling back into “old” rhythms somehow feels a bit empty. In our home we aim to celebrate the 40 days of Pascha and anticipate the feasts of Ascension and Pentecost, but I slightly overscheduled us this year for the weeks after Pascha and I am spent. This also…

A Practice – Starting with Prayer of the Heart

We spent the third week of Great and Holy Lent (when I started to write this post!) contemplating the life and legacy of St. Gregory of Palamas and the beauty and simplicity of the Jesus prayer. How can we bring such a profound and yet simple practice to our children? Our children, for the most part, are so on the go – from the moment their eyes pop open in the morning…

Cultivating a Generous Spirit – Great Lent 2022

“For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in.” (Matthew 25: 35) – Meatfare Sunday   A blessed beginning of Great and Holy Lent to all of you. As a child I used to joke that my mother’s favorite game was “Lent”. I don’t remember this well but I can only assume I was…

Daily Devotionals for Kids

The concept of a “devotional” is not one that I grew up with, but certainly a concept that has become more popular recently in Christian culture. Merriam-Webster defines the term “devotional” as “a short worship service”. But in general I see a devotional as any short spiritual reading or practice which aims to open our minds and hearts to the grace and glory of our Lord. Just a brief google search of…

Modern Parents, Vintage Values

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 1:5-9   As a parent I find myself constantly wanting to bring my children…

One Word for 2022 – Faith

For we walk by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7 Christ is born! One thing I love about following the Julian Calendar is that my family gets to begin each new year with the birth of Christ – one more reminder of God’s goodness and care after the hum of holiday festivities and the promise of a New Year have died down and just before we hunker down for the…

Practice: A Prayer Formula

It is sometimes well during prayer to say a few words of our own, breathing fervent faith and love to the Lord… Moreover, we grow too accustomed to the words of others and grow cold in prayer. And how pleasing to the Lord this lisping of our own is, coming directly from a believing, loving, and thankful heart. It is impossible to explain this: it is only needful to say that when…

Activity – Saints Guessing Game

We are off to a slow start with our November Saints’ project, but we are off – thanks be to God. The most fun activity so far has been the Saints’ guessing game we played. We used the resource I mentioned last time from Orthodox Pebbles – the “All About Saints.” I recommend reading this beforehand on your own and then having a conversation with your kids about the details that seem…

For November – (Finally) Starting with the Saints

I have avoided diving to deep into saints with my children for so long. I know why! I am completely awed and intimidated and sometimes – Lord forgive me – disquieted by them. I feel completely and utterly inadequate in my faith when compared with any of them. This is especially true of those who were tortured. I just can’t imagine having to live (and die) th rough what so many of…

Rise and Shine & Give God the Glory!

My kids LOVE to sing. Likely this is because my husband and I LOVE to sing and we always have music on in our home – except when we are trying to be intentional about silence. My children (and likely yours) know well the tunes of the various prayers from church and we enjoy singing many of our prayers especially prayers to the Theotokos like “To thee the champion leader” (which my…