We hear it all the time this time of year.
“What did you give up for Lent?”
“I’m giving up bread.”
“I’m going to try to cut out soda.”
The list goes on and on. Whether or not you actively participate in Lent, the basics are truly admirable. This time of year is about making a conscious effort to eliminate habits in your life that keep you from God, and reflecting on the ways you may have been putting your faith on the back burner. While it’s great to cut unhealthy foods from your diet during Lent, let’s not forget the more important habits we should be cutting from our lives – skipping prayer time, gossiping, being unkind to one another, and more.
This Lenten season, we should all do a little digging to uncover what we each need to work on in order to allow for a beautiful, thriving relationship with God. Ultimately we must teach our children that Lent is not only about giving something up, but also about giving of themselves to God in ways that they believe they can. As we continue through this season of Lent, it is important to remember the sacrifice God made for us through Jesus Christ, and that He did it out of love for us. Lent is a beautiful time to make such sacrifices of love – for God, for our well being, and for others – that will help build our relationship with Him and will allow us to share God’s love with others.
The most important relationships we have in our lives are those with our families and with God. As Christian parents, one of our greatest priorities should be helping our children build a strong, lasting relationship with God. This can be a challenge when dealing with little ones, however, there are a few things that we can do to help point our kids in the right direction.
Teaching our children about God is one of the most rewarding and important tasks. While we all have different methods, and there are thousands of roads to create a successful relationship between you, your child, and God, remember that by helping them, you are also helping to strengthen your own personal relationship with Him. Teaching our children is a responsibility, and by doing it correctly, we can build something with and for them that will last for eternity.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the true meaning of love can get lost underneath the candy, gifts, and giant stuffed animals. Today’s youth may view love as something to be bought and wrapped. In reality, love is beyond a price. As parents, it’s our responsibility to teach our children about the true meaning of love in ways that can be applied in their lives today and for years to come. If we can demonstrate to our children what love truly means, we can rest a little easier knowing that they have an example to follow when they get older.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV).
Happy Valentine's Day!
With February being American Heart Month, there is an extra emphasis on the importance of taking care of your health—specifically your heart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. With this rate increasing every year, it is a deep concern that affects our families and loved ones. This prompts us to live healthier lives by changing our eating and physical habits. You are never too young or too old to start taking care of your heart!
Along with healthier eating, physical activity is sometimes the hardest task to commit to. After a long day of work, it can be hard to slink off of that couch and find the energy—which isn’t within the crevices of the couch. Here are some tips on how to physically reduce your risk of heart disease and keep your heart rate up!
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