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Prayer For the Week of May 16 — Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?

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Perhaps because yesterday was Pentecost or perhaps it’s because Spring is in the air with all its abundant hopefulness and joy. I don’t know. But for some reason I woke up feeling old skool. For realz. I was belting this out at the top of my lungs this morning.

Prayer can take a lot of forms. Maybe it’s time to dance?

HAPPY PENTECOST!!!!!

Thank you, Jesus, for sending us the Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit, have Your way! AMEN?!?!

Dance Before The Lord!

Perhaps because yesterday was Pentecost or perhaps it’s because Spring is in the air with all its abundant hopefulness and joy. I don’t know. But for some reason I woke up feeling old skool. For realz. I was belting this out at the top of my lungs this morning. Prayer can take a lot of […]

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Prayer for the week of September 21 — Composed Prayer

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For years I had the misguided notion that extemporaneous prayers were somehow more effective than composed prayers.  Then came a day that I felt like I couldn’t pray because I didn’t have the words.  Then I knew the immense treasure there is in previously composed prayers that already speak to and about the heart of God.

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Composed Prayer

For years I had the misguided notion that extemporaneous prayers were somehow more effective than composed prayers.  Then came a day that I felt like I couldn’t pray because I didn’t have the words.  Then I knew the immense treasure there is in previously composed prayers that already speak to and about the heart of […]

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Prayer For The Week of April 13 — His Mercy Found Me

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Yesterday was Divine Mercy Sunday. Although I can’t live a day, a second, a fleeting moment without God’s mercy, there’s something so profound about setting aside a particular day to meditate on His mercy.

In yesterday’s homily, my priest brought out the root of the word mercy. It comes from the Latin: misericordia. Literally this means, “Misery of heart.”

Think about that for a moment. Mercy isn’t a warm fuzzy. It’s a sword in the side. It’s not so much a cozy sweater, as it is a gush of blood and water. It doesn’t so much whitewash our sins, as it does drown our apathy and compels us to our knees.

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Mercy Found Me

Yesterday was Divine Mercy Sunday. Although I can’t live a day, a second, a fleeting moment without God’s mercy, there’s something so profound about setting aside a particular day to meditate on His mercy. In yesterday’s homily, my priest brought out the root of the word mercy. It comes from the Latin: misericordia. Literally this means, […]

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Happy Easter!

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Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!!

May your day be filled with the knowledge that because He lives, we live! Because He overcame, we overcome! Because He conquered, we are more than conquerors! May you abide in His Presence today! Stand in the Light!!!

<3 ,

Kristina and Daja

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Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!! May your day be filled with the knowledge that because He lives, we live! Because He overcame, we overcome! Because He conquered, we are more than conquerors! May you abide in His Presence today! Stand in the Light!!! <3 , Kristina and Daja

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Prayer For The Week of March 30 — Broken Things

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Broken Things

Yesterday was Palm Sunday. The celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  The crowds that shouted “Hosanna!” would soon shout “Crucify Him!”

The palm fronds we wave on Palm Sunday are saved. And used to create the ash used to anoint and adorn our foreheads on next year’s Ash Wednesday.

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Broken Things

Yesterday was Palm Sunday. The celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  The crowds that shouted “Hosanna!” would soon shout “Crucify Him!” The palm fronds we wave on Palm Sunday are saved. And used to create the ash used to anoint and adorn our foreheads on next year’s Ash Wednesday. Broken things…

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Family Devotions You Can Do!

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It goes like this….

You get inspired to have more meaningful family times, including family devotions.  So, you call all your kids to the living room and hand Daddy the Bible.  He starts at the beginning or picks some random spot.  The New Testament is good place to start, right?  He starts reading, the kids start squirming.  And whining.  And someone needs a drink of water.  And someone has to go potty.  And someone is just full of questions! “Dad, what’s fornication mean?”  He just reads faster.  Forget it, let’s just pray.  Who wants to go first?  For the first time since you started this, everyone falls silent.  OK, fine, you, The Mom will pray.  Well, you’re in the middle of changing a diaper.  OK, someone else can pray….the three old is game.  And so you all thank the Lord for cereal and sloths and grandma and ask the Lord for new Legos.  You call it a night.  You say you’ll try again tomorrow.  Then about two weeks goes by.

Come on now! We are not the only ones!

Family Devotions

You can find lots on instructions on how to do family devotions.  There are lots of pages and books and speakers that will tell you all the how-to’s.  The thing is, no two families are alike.  What works for one family may not work for another.  There is no one right away and a thousand great ways to have family worship.  The point is to do it.  The how of that is completely up to you!  And it may change and grow and develop as you develop as a family in your faith.

Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.  Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead,  and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

1. Rather make one big, elaborate time for family Bible study and prayer, we recommend working your faith in throughout the day, in small, doable bite-sized moments. We find that times when the family is already together work the best–such as meals, rides in the car, bedtime, etc.

2. Daddy can lead family devotions. Mommy can lead family devotions. The kids can lead family devotions. Give everyone a chance to share and don’t place the full weight of getting it done on one person’s shoulders.

3. Don’t get locked into rigid standards. Sometimes it will be short, sometimes long. Sometimes deep, sometimes lighthearted. Go with the flow.

Family Worship

IDEAS FOR YOUR DOMESTIC CHURCH

  1. Before you eat a meal together, sing a hymn or praise song. Let the kids take turns choosing.  We have several hymn books and use them regularly.
  2. Memorize a passage of Scripture together as a family.  (We’ve had some great success using Seeds of Courage music CD’s as a way to make memorizing easy and fun for the whole family!)
  3. After dinner read a portion of Scripture.  Just a bit–like a few verses from Proverbs or one Psalm.  Afterwards ask each person to say one thing that stood out to them.
  4. Use the daily Mass readings as a guide for what to read each day.  Even our non-Catholic readers can use this! Those from non-liturgical traditions may not realize that if you follow the daily readings you will have pretty much covered the whole Bible in three years. A good way to do this with young children is to break it up and do the first and second reading at breakfast, the Psalm at lunch, and the Gospel reading at dinner. (You can find them here at EWTN Daily Readings.)
  5. Memorize prayers you can pray together as a family such as The Lord’s Prayer or The Prayer Before The Crucifix.
  6. For children who are too young to read, put together a prayer picture book.  This can be a photo album. They can go through this and pray for each image.  Include family members, your church and pastor, your neighborhood, a map of the US, a map of the world, picture of an unborn baby, etc.
  7. Giving children something tangible is a great way to help them connect truths with their every day lives. For example, on the day we pray for the Persecuted Church, we tie a rope to our wrists, reading the children Hebrews 13:3, “Remember those in bounds as if bound with them.” (See the picture above!)
  8. Use your time in the car to listen to teaching CD’s, sing worship songs or pray for special prayer requests.
  9. We’ve written a book that we use every Spring. Radiant! Inside and Out! It’s a Spring Cleaning book–for heart and home. Again using practical things to connect the prophetic applications of the spiritual life! This little book is packed full of truth and beauty for your child’s heart! And your house will be cleaner when you are done too. Win-win!
  10. Before you drop your kids off at dance/martial arts/school, etc. take a moment and pray for them and bless them.
  11. Before they go to bed bless them. Numbers 6:24-26 works really well. (This book, The Blessing, is a great place to learn more about and be inspired about speaking blessings to your children! We highly recommend it!)
  12. Fast as a family.  Let the whole family pray together and decide together what they will fast, such as go without dessert for a week or instead of going to the movies, use that money for charity. The possibilities are endless.
  13. Pick a prayer target and be spiritual missionaries! We love this book about Praying through the 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window !
  14. Keep your churches missionaries and staff pictures in a book or on a bulletin board. Pick one each day and pray for them. Breakfast is a great time to do this.
  15. Observe Biblical Feasts together. We have seen this bring our family together around the Word in such a unique and beautiful way. (Lots of resources here.)
  16. Observe a day of rest. A true Sabbath. A Shabbat Meal is a lovely tradition that sets a perfect tone and encourages our rest in Him.
  17. Make a game out of Bible Trivia. You could even offer prizes! (See Kristina’s Bible Challenge here.)
  18. Let your children see you have prayer time. Of course we all like to get away by ourselves for quiet time and prayer (like early in the morning or after they go to bed at night), but make sure that there are times your kids see you reading your Bible, on your knees in prayer, journaling, weeping, etc. There is a lot that is caught, rather than taught.
  19. Need to get some wiggles out?  Take the kids out for a prayer walk.  As you walk the neighborhood pray for your neighbors and your community.
  20. Dance regularly!  Turn on your favorite worship music and dance before the Lord.  After all, David danced before the Lord and God said in regard to David, “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” (Acts 13:22)

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Family Devotions

It goes like this…. You get inspired to have more meaningful family times, including family devotions.  So, you call all your kids to the living room and hand Daddy the Bible.  He starts at the beginning or picks some random spot.  The New Testament is good place to start, right?  He starts reading, the kids […]

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When to Sing the Doxology

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So, it happened like this: It was Epiphany.  And we always finish off the Christmas season by giving our gifts to Jesus.  As we wrote our intentions on slips of paper I said, “We need to sing something.”  One of the kids said, “How about the Doxology.”

A friend laughed and said, “The Doxology! No one sings the Doxology.  It’s just there in the back of the hymn book.”

Kristina replied, “You have to sing the Doxology–every time you see a beautiful sunset!”

The friend said, “Oh really? I did not know this.”

And so, when we saw a beautiful sunset, we couldn’t resist making a little video

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So, it happened like this: It was Epiphany.  And we always finish off the Christmas season by giving our gifts to Jesus.  As we wrote our intentions on slips of paper I said, “We need to sing something.”  One of the kids said, “How about the Doxology.” A friend laughed and said, “The Doxology! No […]

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Prayer for the week of March 3 — Towards a Eucharistic Life

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In a nutshell, I feel like my soul is being turned inside out.  I’m coming apart at the seams.  In the best possible sense. Read More

A Eucharistic Life

In a nutshell, I feel like my soul is being turned inside out.  I’m coming apart at the seams.  In the best possible sense.

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Prayer for the Week June 3rd – Worship the Lord Without Ceasing

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Praise the Lord.  Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.  Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.  Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord. (Psalm 150, NIV)

(Painting by Alexandra Strauss)

(Painting by Alexandra Strauss)

Anyone who has spent any time in church has heard that “we were made to worship the Lord.”  And I would guess that most of us agree with the sentiment.  But I think people fall into the idea that praise and worship only takes place in church with worship leaders leading us in singing a song or two right before the pastor teaches and that’s just not true.  Everything we do can and should be an act of worship to God, it’s not just about singing.  If that were true what would that poor man who can’t sing his way out of bucket do?  If the Psalmist had wanted only pitch-perfect singers he wouldn’t have admonished all to make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

God loves it when his children have a heart of worship.  A heart of worship positions us to literally make everything we do an act of worship to God.  Everything.  The dishes, laundry, vacuuming, gardening, teaching, driving, playing, playing an instrument all become an act of worship if intentionally and forcefully we turn our hearts to praise the Lord.  I think that’s the secret of the Saints and our greatest heroes of faith.  They knew the secret to worshiping the Lord.  It’s in the humbleness of every day moments lived to glorify the Lord.

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My prayer this week is that, we would worship the Lord in everything we do.  Praise and worship without ceasing.

It’s all about you, Lord.  Every breath I take.  Every good thing in my life.  Every quiet moment of rest.  Every moment of authentic joy.  It’s all about you, Lord. 

Bless the Lord, O my soul:  and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;  who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;  Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles.  (Psalm 103:1-5, KJV)

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Praise the Lord.  Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.  Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.  Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, […]

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Prayer for the Week March 25 – Nothing Withheld

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Passover.  The Israelites stepped from the old into the new.  From unimaginable pain, suffering, and loss into God’s provision.  Why did they do it?  Could they hear the Father whispering, beckoning them into the new?   Could they feel His burning love for them?

Come on let’s go
Grab my hand
We will fly
Don’t be afraid
Don’t be anxious
Or wonder why

Come on let’s go together now
To the open, to the open skies of blue
We’ll go together
We’ll stop at nothing ‘til we do
To the open, to the open skies of blue
You may be broken,
But these wings will carry you.
(Excerpt from “Come On, Let’s Go” by Andrea Marie)

They must have been afraid.  They were leaving behind all they knew for what they hoped would be a better life.  Did the fathers make the decision to go hoping and praying they could give their children better lives than the life of toil and strife they were living?  They must have felt God’s presence with them and His protection surrounding them after all they had seen done to the Egyptians at the hand of God.

Did they trust Him completely to provide?  Did they give themselves completely over to Him or did they hold something back?  Did they put Him in a box of their own expectations of what He was going to do and where He was going to lead them?

Don’t we each do that in our own way?  We have certain expectations of what life should look like.  Perhaps it’s the job we work, the position we serve in at church, the house we live in, or our financial position.  We think we know where God wants us.  We get content in our place and suddenly moving to something new is uncomfortable.  Or perhaps we “agree” to allow God to move us but then we hold something back.  Just a little piece of ourselves because we can’t possibly have heard God correctly.  What He’s asking isn’t in the “original” plan.  We have to save something for when we go back.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  (Matt 22:37)

God wants all of us, not just the parts we want to give to Him.  Withholding even a little bit from Him keeps us from fully moving into the place He has established for us.  This season of Passover is the perfect time to intentionally leave the old things behind and step into our complete-self in Christ.  He is calling us to move forward from glory to glory.

I love that God expects we will forget, that we will need practice in passing over.  I think that’s why in Exodus God established the Passover as an annual festival. (Ex 12)  He wants us to remember He brought us out of slavery.  He wants us to remember He is a miracle working God.  He wants us to remember His provision in the desert.  He wants us to remember He is a jealous God.  He wants us to remember His presence, because He longs for us to be in it.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service.”  (Rom 12:1)

Father,
Long ago you called your people to set out on a journey.  They were nearly crushed by their enslavement, but they heard your voice calling them.  Bidding them to summon the courage to be free.  You were calling them out of the desert and into the Promised Land.

It is time for us to remember and move forward again.  Father, we need faith and courage to grow within us.  We need to trust You and not ourselves.  Give us eyes to see the cloud of Your Presence, leading us into the place You have established for us.  Strengthen us for the journey.

May we withhold nothing from You.

In Jesus’ Name we pray,
Amen

Message from Kristina:  When I sat down to write this post I was at my daughters musical rehearsal.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to concentrate with everything going on in the room so I put on my headphones and turned on my favorite Andrea Marie CD.  I knew I wanted to write about the Passover, but this song leaped into my ears as if on a direct path from Holy Spirit.  It was the perfect inspiration.  If you have time, listen to it.  I pray you will be blessed by hearing it.

Come On, Let’s Go

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Passover.  The Israelites stepped from the old into the new.  From unimaginable pain, suffering, and loss into God’s provision.  Why did they do it?  Could they hear the Father whispering, beckoning them into the new?   Could they feel His burning love for them? Come on let’s go Grab my hand We will fly Don’t be […]