Most quarrels are really not about “the what” that is being presented …there are deeper, hidden issues that fuel these conflicts and make them far more intense and hurtful than they would otherwise be. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “Pick-me, please pick me…” That nagging heart-wrenching thought when teams were being picked on the playground[…} Read more….
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We are pleased to introduce the first part of our new series, which excerpts pieces from our upcoming seminar series for married couples, scheduled for 2016. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ When Christ is invited into the heart of your marriage, a new family is created. The first ripple is: your home, your marriage, and[…} Read more….
After returning home from a very enriching and blessed weekend at the family retreat for single mothers and their children, I spoke to all of our parents. One of the beautiful mothers told me that the littlest of our family members (for we all became family in the body of Christ),[…} Read more….
I love my husband. He gets me. Even more than that (if you can imagine), he enables my need to re-arrange, to do what I call “season-izing” our home, together. In this instance he allows himself to be my accomplice. I think that this desire to move things around in[…} Read more….
Like most brides-to-be, her nervousness showed as she spoke of her wedding that was less than a week away. It was so refreshing to hear what was important to her was not only the details concerning her wedding day but also her focus for the days and the years that would[…} Read more….
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….
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….