By Tricia Simmons Have you ever had the privilege of ministering to children? If not, just know it is the hardest and sweetest thing one is called to do.  It is like parenting.  You pray for the children in your care, you prepare lessons for them, then you share the lesson… and sometimes you wonder…

The Planting of the Lord: Training Up New Branches of The Lulu Tree By Jeanne Damoff A tree is a living thing. It can be trained to take a certain shape through careful, wise pruning, but its Creator makes it thrive. And He alone fully knows the plans He has — the height it will…

by Joanne Viola, treasurer of The Lulu Tree “Any religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them, is a dry-as-dust religion.” – Martin Luther King Jr. I read this…

It’s afternoon and I’m on my phone, scrolling through messages from across the waters — photos of people who now hold my heart. And I long to take you all with me. I long to carry you into this world, into the villages and wide-split smiles that make up the family that is The Lulu…

By Mommy Emily I’ve been meditating on the sacred holding places. The places which held Jesus on earth. Mary’s womb, which first made space for the holding of the divine conception. The manger, a rough-hewn wooden cradle, holding the King’s infant skin; the wilderness, holding Jesus’ stomach hollowed by 40 days of hunger; the stone…

Family is awkward and difficult and real. It abandons pretense. It is runny noses and hiccuping laughter and singing in the hallway. It is joking and staying up until 3:30 in the morning to deal with conflicts, and it is praying and rejoicing when all is resolved. Family is Love. It calls us to live…

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