Family Ministries Blog

All Saints' Episcopal Church in Lakeland, Florida provides this forum as an exploration of family life with an emphasis on parenting, children, and teens. We hope that you will join our conversation and visit our children & youth ministries.

Covering the Basics

I always look forward to the beginning of a new calendar year. It's a time for new beginnings if one so chooses; or it is a time to get reoriented after the change of routine during the Christmas season.

Personally, I did not make specific resolutions for the new year, but because I have the priesthood journey as part of my experiences in 2017, I am making sure that there are essentials in my day-to-day existence. (I don't believe that these essentials are unique to my calling to the priesthood, by the way, so feel free to use these as a checklist for yourself, too!)

  • Each day I am trying to begin with prayer as I wake. Often times, I am not out of bed and my eyes might be closed, but I am definitely conscious and talking with God, pouring out my heart and mind as God leads the conversation.
  • I am listening to or reading scripture. Often it is the BCP daily lectionary readings plus other books/chapters I am reading for other studies.
  • I am tending to the relationships in my home. This means taking the time to be present to them and loving them as they need and perceive.
  • I am tending to my own personal needs of health and well-being which usually involves getting outside for time to jog or walk my dog.
  • I am reading and listening to texts other than the Bible that help me to be a more thoughtful Christian and person.
  • I am always returning to prayer as a continual dialogue with God throughout the day to frame my work and understand the best way to encourage others in their walk with God.

I am at peace with God when I do these "basics" and I am realizing more and more how much I don't need what the world is trying to offer to bring joy and happiness and peace; all I truly need is God's love and care for me and to spend my days with Him. 

I hope you feel the presence of God's love and care for you this year. May you feel embraced by His grace as you trust in Him. 

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Scripture Readings for Sunday, June 3

First Lesson 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Psalm Psalm 81:1-10
Second Lesson 2 Corinthians 4:5-12
The Holy Gospel Mark 2:23-3:6
Bible reading

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