Most of us have standards for ourselves which are both impossibly high and yet shallow at the same time. We then attack ourselves for not being “perfect” in some way that won’t even matter in five years. Those attacks become habits and those habitual criticisms create a false self-image inside[…} Read more….
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God created each of us to live forever, to be eternal. Noe one is a mistake. No one is unwanted in His eyes. Each of us has beauty and value in His love. Don’t forget that. When it’s hard to love yourself, let go of trying and remember that He[…} Read more….
Family Life Ministry has created a new website called Engage Orthodoxy. As a Pan-Orthodox ministry, EO is launching with Orthodox writers who are members of Greek, Antiochian, and OCA churches. The purpose of EO is to inspire others to apply and cultivate our faith in thoughtful, prayerful, and practical ways.[…} Read more….
“Whenever you read the Gospel, Christ Himself is speaking to you. And while you read; you are praying and talking to Him.” Saint Tikhon The new Church year just began a few days ago on September 1st so it’s the perfect time for all of us to make a plan[…} Read more….
If someone sought a way to poison my faith and trust in God, they couldn’t have hit upon a more vulnerable spot than my grief over my daughter’s death and that painful question: why didn’t God spare her? Bereaved moms carry deep grief which can fester into troubling thoughts of[…} Read more….
Glamour magazine gushed about an actress who gushed about discovering a new credo for herself, “My life is mine!” she exclaimed. She felt empowered, freed, and jubilant about the concept that her life is hers- hers to live however she wants. As she explained, this means she is free to[…} Read more….
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27:19 ( NIV ) Tim Tebow was just in the news for two things: 1) local pastors say he actually lives his faith when no one’s looking and 2) he just injured his hand and will miss the[…} Read more….
What will your kids be doing this summer? Without a plan, they might fritter away the summer binge-watching Netflix, playing hours of video games, or simply immersed in their phones. We know that spending so much time on devices is contributing to many problems our kids face such as anxiety,[…} Read more….
Recently, I was interviewed by Eleni Alexiou on OCN’s website about Family Life Ministry’s book Woven. I appreciated the chance to discuss why we wrote Woven, how we hope it will impact girls, and ways Woven can be used by churches and families. You can listen to our interview here: http://myocn.net/woven-helping-modern-teenage-girls-face-lifes-challenges-together-through-gods-love/
What are you thinking about right now? What were you mulling over five minutes ago? Before that it was something different, right? So are you thinking about what is actually happening right now or in the back of your mind are you pondering something that has already happened or perhaps[…} Read more….
In John 15:15, Christ calls us all His friends. There is an 8th Century Coptic icon hanging in the Louvre in Paris of Abba Menas and Christ which illustrates this verse beautifully. The French call it “Christ and His Friend”. This icon reminds us that Christ is our friend and[…} Read more….
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