Most of us have heard the expression “cradle orthodox”, referring to those who are born into Orthodoxy. The phrase may be compared to being born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth, and in a way we are. I was baptized at two years old, along with my sister. And[…} Read more….
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Our hearts are very saddened to report that a beautiful servant of the Lord, Harriette Keen Jacobs has fallen asleep in the Lord. Harriette was very instrumental in the beginnings of Family Life Ministry and this website/blog. Her creativity and dedication to her family and to this ministry were inspiring[…} Read more….
Juggling a husband, 2 teens, a 4 year old, church work and a full time job is a challenge for all of us, even on our best days! It was a beautiful September Saturday morning, the kind I would have liked to keep the whole family in their pajamas and[…} Read more….
The following is a reprint of a recent bulletin issued by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). We can easily get overwhelmed with the heartache of the world and feel so helpless. I choose to follow my Lord and help with prayer and support to those on the front lines. IOCC is[…} Read more….
By Paula Marchman, M.A., L.P.C. In my experience as a counselor, I am blessed to be present with many individuals and families on their journey to getting healthier in relationship not only with others but with themselves and with God. During my internship, I counseled a family that included their[…} Read more….
Children, when we capture their attention, are models of “active listening”. They listen with their eyes, their minds and hearts as well as their ears. Children need to belong, and they learn how to belong as they grow. They discover that certain responses from others give them a feeling of belonging. We reach our children by connecting to their core, their heart. Read more….
The Family Life Ministry is excited to continue our “Tea Talk Traditions” series with Jocelyn Mathewes. Jocelyn is the wife of +Fr. Stephen Mathewes of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Bluff City, Tennessee. Jocelyn is also a mother and photographer and we are eager to introduce her ministry, Women[…} Read more….
There is something to say about taking a break in the hurry of your day and finding a gentle place to sip a bit of tea or a warm cup of coffee especially with a friend. The memory of my Yia-Yia Sophia (my grandmother) and her best friend Athena[…} Read more….
Paula Marchman, MA, LPC, offers thoughts on the needs of children, listening to them, relating to them, offering them guidance, and leading them toward Christ. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend
The last in her series about space, Paula Marchman, MA, LPC, shares a few thoughts on self-care. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend
As a follow up to her previous post on Sacred Space, Paula Marchman MA, LPC, discusses reframing your space. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend
By Paula Marchman, MA, LAPC When I ponder on the blessings of parenting, I begin with Adam as written in the book of Genesis. The scriptures describe his walks in the garden with God, his Father. I think of how engaged every aspect of his senses must have been with[…} Read more….