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This blog is supposed to be a way for you to get to know us better and to be able to see our lives beyond a few photos on the website or in our profile book.
So far, we’ve tried to share some of our activities and our lives on a daily basis. While that’s important, I’m sure you would like to know our thoughts and philosophies on other topics. So today, I thought I’d share with you how we think about religion and incorporate it into our lives.
Michael and I were both raised Catholic but neither of us practice now. Instead, we focus on teaching our daughter to believe in God and the values of Christianity, such as be kind, be honest, do the right thing, help others, love others and use the talents God has given you to make the world a better place. Both Michael and I learned many of these lessons in Church growing up so we like to share that with our daughter and hopefully with future children.
As a family, we try to attend Church every Sunday. We found a non-denominational church when we moved here that I like. Michael thinks it is more like a rock concert. It is very upbeat with lots of singing and it helps us focus on how we can be better people.
Religion is more than just church on Sundays. It is how you live your life. We say grace before our meals and we say prayers every night before bed. Together we say:
Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray, the Lord, my soul to keep
See me safely through the night
Wake me with the morning light.
Then we share our “thank you’s” with God. We thank God for all the good things we experienced that day, all the good things in our life and pray for anyone who needs extra help.
These are just small things. I think one of the things parents want to do is to help their children grow up to be happy, healthy and productive members of society. Can you do that without religion? Sure. We just think that it makes it easier.