Faithful in Prayer: June 2023 Everyday Faith Calendar
There’s a joke in my family that my older sister was baptized in the kitchen sink by my maternal grandmother. I have no idea whether the tale is tall or true, but I can imagine it might...
Making Space: May 2023 Everyday Faith Calendar
I walk into the sanctuary with my newborn daughter strapped into a baby carrier and a diaper bag on my back. I’m only a few minutes early to service, but it’s a relatively empty space....
Challenges Christian Parents Are Facing in Education
In the 1970s and ’80s, I went to public schools from kindergarten through my first year of college. . . . It wasn’t a Christian environment by any means, but it was a decent education....
3 Verses for Parenthood: April 2023 Everyday Faith Calendar
Having my daughter last spring has definitely changed my walk with Christ. Busy days come with sleepless nights and quiet moments are often broken with cute coos and not-as-cute cries...
Keeping the Faith: March 2023 Everyday Faith Calendar
“I’d be LIVID if someone prayed with/to/at my kids.” My heart leapt into my throat and then sank as I read these words from a Facebook group on parenting. The original post had asked for...
Repetition: February 2023 Everyday Faith Calendar
The words of Proverbs 3:1–4 tumble around in my head and heart often as I go through my day with my three small children:
Teaching Ideas for the Catechism: First Five Commandments
The month of January marks not only a new year but the start of a fresh series of blogs for Sunday School teachers. The plan over the coming months is to reflect upon and offer teaching...
Building: January 2023 Everyday Faith Calendar
“Can you please help me, Mom?”My six-year-old son asked me this when he was working on a new LEGO building bricks set and got stuck on a step in the directions.
Light in Darkness: December 2022 Everyday Faith Calendar
Have you ever walked through a familiar room in the dark? It is probably a room you would not think twice about walking through during the day. But suddenly, when you walk through it in...
How to Rejoice under the Weight of Bearing Burdens
What burdens are you carrying right now?
Are you . . .
Advice for Teaching Christianity to Your Children
As a new mother, I’ve been struggling to figure out a spiritual routine for my daughter and our family. We say prayers at bedtime and read some books that are Christ-focused, but sometimes...
Equipping Christian Students to Face Back to School Anxiety
This school year, my family is transitioning to having a child in school all day. My oldest starts kindergarten and is anxiously waiting to find out what being at school “all day” is all...
Three Encouragements for Sharing the Gospel with Your Kids
My son called to me in a stressed and urgent tone, “Mom! I need a big eraser!”
What I Wish I Knew before Teaching My First Lesson
My very first time teaching a classroom lesson was at a small Lutheran school in St. Paul, Minnesota. I was working with a class of about ten eighth-graders, helping them identify active...
5 Must-Reads for Lutheran Teachers
There are a lot of professional-development books out there, but few are written specifically for the Lutheran teacher. Take a look at some of the suggestions below. They include books on...