Five Kid-Friendly Easter Activities

As you spend time with your children this Easter, sharing with them the story of Jesus and the significance of His resurrection, remember that it doesn’t have to be boring, in fact, it should be fun and interactive. So, rather than just telling your children about Easter, get hands-on and show them. Here are five fun activities to try with your kids this Easter: 1.) Jelly Bean Prayer Box Help your kids make a prayer box for their friends. Simply print out this template, follow the directions to fold the paper into a box, and fill with jelly beans. Via The Crafty Classroom 2.) Bunny Service Jar  Encourage your kids to follow in Jesus’ footsteps with this Bunny Service Jar. Simply place a cotton ball in the jar with each act of kindness. Once the jar is filled, celebrate with an Easter treat! Via Happy Home Fairy 3.) Resurrection Scavenger…Keep Reading

Traditional Spanish and Mexican Recipes with a Lenten Twist

There are many cultural Lenten traditions practiced by Christians all around the world, but one custom always remains the same: abstaining from meat each Friday during Lent. It’s a form of penance for Christians near and far and an acknowledgement of Christ’s sacrifice for us all. Though we have many similarities, the foods that we eat during lent differ across cultures. Here are some traditional Latin recipes adapted for Lenten Fridays:

20 Things You Should Give Up for Lent

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, which for a lot of us means that it’s time to decide what to give up for the next 40 days. We understand that finding something that you feel is significant enough to give up can be tough. However, it’s important to remember that it’s not what we give up, but how we use this time as an opportunity to reflect and grow closer to God. If you’re having a hard time thinking of what to give up for Lent, try one -or a few- of these ideas:   Arriving late- Ten minutes early is the new on-time. Saying “I don’t care”- You do care, go ahead and show it. Half-heartedly asking someone how they’re doing- Be genuine, you could make their day. Drinking soda- Lent is a great opportunity to see how you feel without all that sugar. Impatience- Relax and…Keep Reading

Homemade Gift Ideas for Your Valentine

This Valentine’s Day, think outside of the usual red-roses-and-dinner-at-a-fancy-restaurant-box, and make your special someone a gift from the heart. With just a little bit of creativity and prep time, you can have a one-of-a-kind gift that your valentine will always remember. DIY Valentine Photo Puzzle Via All For The Memories Instead of buying a card, make your valentine a unique photo puzzle that they will cherish forever. To make this you’ll need a printout of your favorite black and white photo, craft sticks, Mod Podge and a craft knife. Follow these instructions and voila! Watch your loved one’s smile light up as they put the puzzle pieces together.   A Special Night In Via HGTV This year, skip the reservations and make your sweetie a romantic dinner at home. You don’t have to be a professional in the kitchen to show your valentine just how much they mean to you….Keep Reading

There Is No Exercise Better For The Heart Than Reaching Down And Lifting People Up

Whether your friend is going through a rough patch, or your neighbor just needs a friendly reminder to keep their spirits up, a little encouragement and support can go a long way. Try these thoughtful ideas to lift up your loved ones on a not-so-great day: Dedicate an Hour of Your Day Sometimes all we need is a trusty ear to listen. It can be as simple as going for a walk around the neighborhood or grabbing a cup of coffee. It’s not about the activity, but more importantly being there for your loved one to talk, offer advice and words of encouragement. Give them your undivided attention (turn off/put away your phone) and let them share as much or as little as they’d like. End the conversation on a peaceful note with a prayer. Not sure where to start? Try one of our encouragement prayers.  Create a Photo Album…Keep Reading