12 Great Feasts…

  I just finished "Meditations for the 12 Great Feasts: Becoming Fully Human in Christ" written by Vassilios Papavassiliou....but let me back up a bit... In November when the Nativity Fast had begun (November 15), I desired to learn more about the spiritual journey of the 40 days that lead up to the celebration of... Continue Reading →

Parenting Toward the Kingdom Retreat

Subsequent to my writing my last post about "Parenting Toward the Kingdom," TBF and I had an opportunity to attend a family retreat over the Labor Day weekend, which hosted author and professor, Phillip Mamalakis. We were the first ones to check in to the retreat center in Kansasville, Wisconsin after traveling all week on... Continue Reading →

Mark 1:23-28

The reading today for the Wednesday twelve weeks after Pentecost includes an excerpt from Mark 1:23-28: "Now there was a man in a synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, 'Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know who... Continue Reading →

Parenting Toward the Kingdom

There is a great book that came out in 2016 through Ancient Faith Publishing called "Parenting Toward the Kingdom: Orthodox Christian Principles of Child-Rearing" by author Philip Mamalakis. I had actually bought a copy of this book last year and finished the introduction. Unfortunately I didn't make it any further in to the book because... Continue Reading →

We Pray (Children’s Book Review)

To any orthodox parent out there, I highly recommend the newly released Ancient Faith Publishing book, We Pray, by Daniel G. Opperwall. We were gifted this book, by the lovely John and Tonya Maddex, co-founders of Ancient Faith Ministries. The Honey Badger loves this book. She is 2 years old now, but I believe that... Continue Reading →

The Lenten Season is Among Us!

This past Sunday, our church, like so many other orthodox churches across the world, practiced the freedom of forgiveness. Following Divine Liturgy, we enjoyed one another's company during our coffee hour and then continued on with the Forgiveness Sunday Vesper service. This service includes all members of the congregation that choose to participate getting together... Continue Reading →

Part 5: Food, Faith, and Fasting

Rita Madden's book, Food, Faith, and Fasting, has been a guide and an indicator for me in using baby steps through the Orthodox Lenten journey. Our book blub covered chapter two of the book at our home, where we hosted eight lovely women who are on a very similar journey to my own (I am... Continue Reading →

Forgiveness Sunday

This year was my first Forgiveness Sunday experience. I have to say this is by far one of my most favorite parts of the church calendar (and there are some really neat Orthodox services that are mighty cool). Since the previous Sunday we said good-bye to meat (aka Meat-fare Sunday), Forgiveness Sunday is also known... Continue Reading →

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