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Adjusting to School as a Lutheran College Student

College is tough. With the pressure of getting good grades, meeting new friends, and trying to get involved on campus, it is tough to grapple with it all.

Shine: Your New Favorite Ministry Tool

Summer is officially here. Now that school is out, it is a constant battle to keep the kids entertained. To all the hardworking, selfless, tired youth ministry servants…

August 2019 Everyday Faith Calendar

Kids have a lot of emotions, and they’re way worse at hiding them than adults. (Well, maybe not all adults. I once cried because I wanted falafel, but couldn’t make it because my food processor was broken.)

The Bad News & Good News about Teen Girls

First, the bad news . . . our teen girls are in crisis. I'm worried about them, and you should be too. My oldest daughter, Catie, is in high school and my younger daughter, Elisabeth, is in middle school. We’re living the teen girl life around here, and I see what’s happening to these young women. These girls believe they have to be perfect, and they are so hard on themselves when they don’t live up to impossibly high standards that they see on the internet.

July 2019 Everyday Faith Calendar

Doing family devotions takes a lot of commitment, consistency, and motivation! There may not be a more challenging time for that than the middle of the summer, when family vacations, holiday celebrations, family gatherings, and just plain old summer fun fill our calendars.

It’s not easy to gather your entire family in one place at one time, but using spare moments to draw your family closer to God is key. 

If you’re looking for small ways to make a difference in your family’s summer routine, family devotions are one way to do that! The Everyday Faith Calendar can be quick—if you only have five minutes in between dinner and a softball game, you can squeeze it in. Or if you want to go more in-depth, you can do that too!

Here are a few summer-centric ideas for finding time in the Word with the Everyday Faith Calendar!

June 2019 Everyday Faith Calendar

“If Only We Had More Money”

I opened the refrigerator and there it sat. On the top shelf quivered a large maroon cow’s liver—inside a bright aqua bowl.

Finding Balance during Transitions between Ministry Seasons

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a . . .

(Ecclesiastes 3:1–4 ESV)

Looking at the to-do list on your desk or your phone might cause you to think the writer of Ecclesiastes had it wrong.

A Message for New Parents

Congratulations and welcome to the oldest club in history. Many have traveled this road of parenthood before you, but your experience will be your very own, unique and wonderful, just as you and your child are unique and wonderful gifts of God. Being a parent is an exciting, joyful, fun, exhausting, twenty-four-hour-a-day, bewildering, delightful, incredibly awesome responsibility.

Keeping Score

Our kids, like most kids, enjoy a healthy dose of competition in their everyday life. Races to be the first one finished with dinner or the first one in pajamas occur often, followed by our four-year-old son saying something to the effect of “Actually, the last one in pajamas wins,” grasping for some sort of victory.