Rev. Judith T. Lester Archives

ALS Awareness Month – #ALSAwareness (Week 3)

May 28, 2020

The Ice Bucket Challenge is one example of an event designed to raise awareness that inspired unparalleled giving on behalf of ALS Awareness. The Ice Bucket Challenge is an activity involving the dumping of a bucket of ice water over a person’s head, either by another person or self-administered. The Ice Bucket Challenge began as… [Read More]

ALS Awareness Month – #ALSAwareness (Week 2)

May 21, 2020

This month’s focus is on ALS Awareness. I noted in last week’s article that awareness days, weeks and months are helpful as they heighten awareness around a specific cause, start conversations and have spurred charity events and information campaigns. Awareness months also provide the community with opportunities to participate via support for a cause one… [Read More]

ALS Awareness Month – #ALSAwareness (Week 1)

May 14, 2020

There are awareness days, weeks and months throughout the year. Many people believe that only recently have awareness days come into being; but actually, awareness days goes back decades. For instance, the National Fire Prevention Week is observed during the month of October. National Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire that occurred in… [Read More]

The blended family (conclusion)

May 7, 2020

This entire month the focus has been on the blended/ step-family. While it has been established that step-parenting can be challenging, it can be rewarding as well. While many believe the terrible myths about step-families, in this conclusion, I have included information from Psychology Today indicating 80 percent of children of divorce or remarriage do… [Read More]

The blended family (Week 4)

April 30, 2020

Merriam-Webster defines “step-family” as a family in which there is a step-parent, a mother or father who is a step-mother or step-father. This week’s article will address 7 challenges to creating family as well as share the 5 communication strengths in healthy families. The National Step-family Resource Center published an article titled: Quick Steps: Information… [Read More]

The blended family (Week 3)

April 23, 2020

Did you know that many, but not all, remarriages involve blended families? According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics,1 6 in 10 (63 percent) women in remarriages are in blended families, and about half of these remarriages involve stepchildren who live with the married couple. While blended families involve remarriage, not all… [Read More]

The blended family (Week 2)

April 16, 2020

Step-parenting can no doubt be challenging and at times difficult. Instead of stepfamilies blending, they sometimes collide. The reason being, many have entered the role as a step-parent and did not know what to expect. To handle a step-parenting situation with the utmost efficiency, both the biological parent and the step-parent should begin with an… [Read More]

The blended family (Week 1)

April 9, 2020

Have you ever watched the television series, The Brady Bunch? This 1960s series starred Mike, widowed architect with three sons, Greg, Peter and Bobby. Mike married Carol, who had three daughters of her own (Marcia, Jan and Cindy). After the wife and daughters take on the Brady surname, they become known as The Brady Bunch…. [Read More]

Spring into a healthy spiritual lifestyle (Conclusion)

April 2, 2020

As you spring into a healthier spiritual lifestyle, know that praying is not only a key to spiritual growth, but partnering with others in prayer can galvanize active and consistent prayer! Prayer is an important and necessary spiritual discipline for every believer. Prayer is so necessary, that our spiritual growth depends on it. Thus, prayer… [Read More]

In times like these….

April 2, 2020

By Rev. Judith T. Lester, B.Min. M.Th “Be still and know that I am God” – Psalm 46:10 These are unusual times indeed. No one could have ever envisioned that a time would come when public worship services would be canceled. Many people are hurting because they are not able to gather and fellowship; religious… [Read More]