10 Ways To Feel More Thankful Every Day

This Thanksgiving season, take stock of the good in your life: reflect on your year, and really think about what you have to be thankful for. When you feel that you are truly blessed, you can help others find their way to happiness. Some of us don’t see the great and wonderful beauty in the world as easily as others. If you’re unsure of how to find ways to feel thankful this season, here are ten suggested activities to open yourself to happiness and gratefulness this season. 1. Write in a Happiness Journal- Buy a new journal (or repurpose a pad of paper) and write about one thing at the end of the day that made you feel happy, inspired, blessed, or good about your life. As this list grows, you’ll have more examples to reference to bring you cheer. It will also help you see that there are usually…Keep Reading

How Do I Keep My Child Involved In The Church Community?

Kids and parents both feel the brunt of a busy schedule these days. Between school, your daughter’s dance rehearsals, your son’s soccer practices, homework, and other obligations, you may feel like you have no time to practice your faith with your children. Making time for church is a hefty commitment- however, if you’re serious about getting involved in the church’s community, they will give you a helping hand. Looking for a place to start? Here is our guide to getting your kids invested in the church community. A Word of Advice If you’re going to your kids more involved, you need to get involved too. Take the initiative to start seeking out opportunities to bond with the church community. Whether you bring food to a church potluck, donate clothing to a drive, or dedicate yourself to regularly going to church, others will notice and appreciate your efforts. Showing your children…Keep Reading


With a new school year comes a slew of after-school activities and busier-than-usual schedules. Between running from school to soccer games and dance recitals, how can you make sure your family stays connected? While carving out another chunk of time may sound impossible, setting aside a time each day to pray and give thanks can have a positive impact on the outcome of your day and reconnect your family in faith. Read on to see how… Morning Prayer We know, mornings are rushed as it is. But dedicating a few early moments to pray will set the tone for the rest of your day. Before everyone jet sets out the door, take each other’s hands and gather in a circle. Have each family member contribute one thing they’d like to pray for that day—patience, understanding, confidence, even the strength to focus during a math test. Narrowing the focus to one…Keep Reading

Five FUNdraisers to Boost Your Church’s Budget

God has graced us with warm summer days, but with the kids home from school, it can be hard to find the time to enjoy it. This year, look to your church community to accomplish all of your goals. Check out our list of FUNdraisers for ideas on how to make time for God, family, and fun-in-the-sun this summer. 1. Pie the Pastor Bake sales are always a fundraising success—who doesn’t love a smorgasbord of delicious desserts? Add an amusing twist to yours this year and allow people to pie the pastor, priest or whoever will draw in the biggest crowd in exchange for a mandatory donation. Adding this element to an ordinary bake sale will make it more interactive and engaging. As pies start flying, people will gather to get in on the action. Make sure you have plenty of cream pies on deck, though. Before you know it,…Keep Reading

How Parents Can Use The National Day of Prayer & Other Simple Activities to Create Prayerful Children

As Christian parents, we want to demonstrate the importance of faith to our kids and help them learn to rely on it to meet the challenges that life will bring. Prayer is one of the cornerstones necessary to provide a basis for this type of faith, but it can be a difficult one for some children to grasp, and parents are often at a loss as to how to deal with this issue in a constructive manner. The upcoming National Day of Prayer on May 7, 2015 provides parents, along with church leaders and entire communities, an opportunity to draw together and help children of all ages understand the true power of prayer. Get started today by using the following tips to begin a meaningful conversation about faith and prayer with your child. Pre-Schoolers: Learning the Importance of Prayer Through Observation One of the best ways to help raise faithful children is to understand the benefit of learning…Keep Reading