FIAT: Faith in All Things Fireworks, Freedom, & Fun

Hello, hello! We’re officially heading into the long Fourth of July Weekend, so today on FIAT, we chat about fireworks, freedom, and fun!

Take a stroll down memory lane with us as we recount our cherished childhood Fourth memories, join us in prayer and remembering what we’re truly celebrating, and share in our current plans.

Grab a nice glass of iced tea or lemonade, don your red, white, and blue, and join us!

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Happy 4th!

CWBN Blog Hop: Why Rachel Loves Our Catholic Faith

I was sitting perfectly still and listening to the beautiful voices singing City of God. I sat there and was thinking how wonderful is God to make people have beautiful voices and to sing about him. I was 6 at the time and really had no idea how my faith would grow into a deep and meaningful relationship with God. There are so many points that I want to shout it out to the whole wide world on why I love my Catholic faith. Seeing as how we don’t have all the time in the world, I am just going to jot down a few of the main things that I love.

We have a forgiving God.

God is so loving and understanding that he calls for conversion and penance. When my heart is heavy with my sins, I take a good hard look at my conscience. It teaches me to really take responsibility for my actions and make the decision to try and live better. When I confess my sins, I feel that my heart is lighter and it teaches me to focus on trying to do better going forward. I truly love that we get the chance to continue working with God to make ourselves better.

God gave us the gift of prayer.

I love all of our rich, traditional prayers. I love that our faith has prayers that everyone knows and says in all different languages. I think there is beauty in knowing that all around the world, people are praying the same as you. I also love praying when it’s just God and me. My personal relationship with God is so much stronger when I spend time with him and in his word. Having adoration and sitting in front of the holy presence is not only calming but to be able to praise God…? Wow. My childhood priest always said that humbling yourself in front of the Lord is the beginning foundation of  great communication with God.

“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God” St. John Damascene

I LOVE our Mass service.

I love going to Mass. It is the highlight of my week. I love the aspect that the Mass is the same throughout the world. Another amazing and wonderful thing is that I get to receive the body and blood of Christ. I’m also able to have fellowship with others sharing the same experience. I love celebrating all of our sacraments. Receiving Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is something so extraordinary and special. When we give offer one another the sign of peace, I’m actively spreading God’s love to my church family, which inspires having a sense of community and sharing the Good News throughout the week.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the participating posts in this month’s hop at Reconciled to You.

Kiddos Write Letters: A Lesson

Hey you guys!!! We’re really excited about today’s post. Did the three exclamation points give that away?! We’re partnering with our friend and fellow blogger Ginny Kochis for a series on having a screen-free summer by embracing life skills with your kiddos. Yay! Our topic is essentially “kiddos write letters.”

In the post, I write a lesson idea for teaching your sweet kiddos how to write a letter using a delightful children’s book, Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School. Here’s a preview of what’s in store for you:

As a former teacher, I totally get that Little Miss needs repeated instruction in order to achieve mastery. I also know that she’s going to pick up more easily on something that she sees modeled at home. I decided to teach her how to write a proper letter using a delightful and funny children’s book by Mark Teague called Dear Mrs. LaRue Letters from Obedience School.

Y’all, this book is just adorable. It chronicles the tales of Ike LaRue, a spirited and spoiled dog sent off to obedience school through newspaper clippings, illustrations, and short (perfectly written) letters from Ike to his owner, Gertrude. The illustrations are wonderful in that they show the actuality of the situation in color contrasted with Ike’s portrayal in black and white.

To check out the full post, go see it on Ginny’s website. Leave us comments here and there (and all over social media!) so we know what you think of it!

FIAT: Faith in All Things Your Domestic Church

Today we continue our podcast series on Building Your Family Culture. This is Part II. You can listen to Part I: Quality Time here. Today’s topic is the domestic church.

The domestic church is the home. It’s what you do and how you teach your children the faith outside of church. Grab some tea or coffee, listen to our tips, and share your own in the comments!

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Words Have Meaning: Finding a Tongue of the Wise within Myself

 “There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18

My mouth has a lot of power, and with that power comes responsibility. I know it sounds like a bad line from a superhero movie…

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One day when I was six years old, I told my mom a lie. When confronted with that lie, I acted aggressively. I made sure that everyone in my house heard me defend it and I ended up hurting a lot of my family members’ feelings. My mom said, “What comes out of your mouth can never go back in.” She said that the words I said had power. As a kid, I didn’t pay attention.

Years of wielding my tongue as a weapon happened. I tore people down and I stood by my words whether they were truthful or not. I use to be a terror. People stopped coming around; and then I knew what I was doing was harmful and toxic.

Words can be charming, comforting, loving, or they can be hateful, hurtful, and dark.

When I started the process of becoming more aware of my mouth and how I needed to have more of a servant’s heart, I was a teenager. I started doing research on modesty and behaving like a lady of God. I read tons of books, articles, posts, and I started to see a recurring theme: modesty isn’t always on the outside; modesty is also on the inside.

How do I want people to perceive me?

How do I want to act at all times that are pleasing to the Lord?

I knew the perfect way to start was to work on my mouth. I am still working on my mouth. I know a ton of imperfect, inspiring women who have words of wisdom and love to comfort others, and a servant’s heart. That’s what I am aspiring to be, too. I’m guessing you might be with me in this pursuit, so here are some of the lessons I’ve been learning.

  1. BEING STRONG-MINDED & STANDING FIRM IS A GIFT, NOT A FLAW

God gave each of us gifts and talents to use for serving others. We need strong-minded people to organize and make sure the flow is smooth and conducive. The problem occurs when I am standing firm and I am doing not what is best for everyone, but for myself. With everything there is a balance, and learning to actively hear others, taking their opinions and ideas, all works to make stronger relationships. That is something I am actively working on.

  1. MAKE SURE MY WORDS ARE LOVING AND KIND

Tone is everything; it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. If my actions are not done lovingly, people can tell and may think that I am being insincere or hurtful. Body language is crucial, too, in how we relate to others. This is the one that I find is hard to convey and receive. Remember when Kristi talked about my pumpkin spice latte face?

I try very hard to recite and put into action the following verse. I often fail but I am trying:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

I am asking you to join me in a challenge for one week. Let’s work on being modest with words. Let’s be intentional with everything that we say. Are you already at the level I’m going for? Please share your tips on it in the comments!

Rachel