All of us know that our parents, spouse and other family members will eventually grow old and face inevitable health challenges. We even understand that sickness and death are part of living in a fallen world. But we are never quite ready for these realities to hit our own loved ones – especially when a debilitating disease gradually robs them of a once active life or seeps away their memories.
Forty percent of caregivers are also raising young children, living with the stress and heartache this family season can bring. It may become necessary to back out of other things in order to fulfill the primary calling to “be Jesus” by serving an aging loved one during their final days.
Whether with a parent or a spouse, you can takesteps to become proactive by understanding someof what this season will bring.
Achieving the long-term goal of raising and launching children is one of those milestones in life that can lead to surprising emotions. One day you might feel relieved to catch your breath after such an intense marathon and then the next day you miss the busyness – especially the ever-present relationships that went with it. Whether you are approaching, just hitting or deep into the empty nest season you are likely experiencing a range of feelings that can leave you asking yourself “What next?” This would be a great time to take steps toward rediscovery in your life.
After years of saying, “When I grow up, I’m gonna be…” there comes a point in which your children start going through the steps of actually making it happen. Dr. James Dobson calls ages 16 to 26 the “critical decade” as young people transition from childhood to an adult. We’ve all heard the phrase “failure to launch” describing young men and women who don’t make that transition for one reason or another. Unfortunately, more and more parents are inadvertently keeping their children from growing up by protecting them from the risks necessary to adulthood.
How can you be intentional aboutsuccessfully launching your older children?
“Enjoy ‘em now, because they’ll drive you crazy when they’re teenagers!”
That’s the warning parents of pre-teens often hear. Obviously, you and your pre-teen are in for a lot of change, but turmoil isn’t inevitable. You have the opportunity – before the transition from childhood to adulthood begins – to intentionally navigate your son or daughter through that change in a proactive and positive way.
Parents are the gatekeepers and ultimate decision makers for their children. As you evaluate the many schooling options available to your family, reflect on the following questions and apply prayer and Biblical wisdom to your educational choices.
Life makes many demands on today’s families, and lives are often full and hectic. Finding the time for prayer can seem difficult – especially if you aren’t sure where to begin or how to pray.
This month, families of all shapes, sizes, and situations took some time to look at how to create a daily prayer routine and shared examples of prayer routines for people of a variety of ages, households, work situations, and schedules. Get encouragement in your 7•5•1 Prayer@Home commitment and spend some time praying with others on the journey.
If you are blessed with the gift of children, God has given you the most incredible opportunity and responsibility to help your child know, love and follow Jesus. Every believing parent hopes their child will embrace the faith and grow deep spiritual roots. Studies tell us that over half of those growing up in Christian homes will walk away from Christianity by the time they leave the teen years. One reason is that parents often “outsource” the spiritual formation of their children to the church. While a good church is very important, God designed the family to be the primary place where faith is nurtured.
These four guiding principles can help you be more intentional about your child’s faith.
This month, families of all sizes and season gathered virtually to talk about how our 7•5•1 Prayer@Home Initiative for Lent.
Join us in making a new commitment to pray with and for your families! We’ll share tips for creating a prayer routine that works for you, suggestions for overcoming obstacles to prayer, and prayer ideas that you may have not considered before!
Praying for your family 7 days a week
Praying with your family or someone else 5 days a week
Jesus deeply desires a personal, daily relationship with each one of us, to give us the love of the Father, that we may live in His peace and grace forever.
But all of the little (and not-so-little) ways we turn from Him chip away at the relationship we have with the Lord. Jesus wants to mend our relationship with Him, but He needs us to say ‘yes.
Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (sometimes called Confession), Jesus reconciles and restores us to God’s grace and friendship. He heals our brokenness and renews our relationships within our Church, home and community.
“Don’t be afraid; go to Him!”
You don’t have to be embarrassed or nervous about your sins! The Lord’s love is infinite and he is waiting to shower you with his mercy.
What is Sin?
Sin is a free choice that damages – or even destroys – our relationships and communion with God and others.
Most people easily see that sin can damage the relationship between us and God. But, as St. Paul tells us, we are all united to God in one body of Christ – the Church. This means that everyone in my life suffers to some degree from my selfishness and sin. Learn more.
Why Do We Confess Our Sins to Priest?
Confession isn’t a man-made tradition of the Church but rather a valuable gift given by God and rooted in Scripture. In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz lays out many reasons why confessing our sins to a priest makes perfect sense.
Confession can seem intimidating for a lot of people, but with some simple preparation, it can be a healing encounter with Christ that will leave you filled with peace.