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    Mother’s Day is coming up. Now is a good time to talk about our Mothers Anyone want to tell us about their mother? What does it feel like to be a mother? Who has been a mother to you? etc
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    I've seen a lot of posts online about staying healthy, getting proper exercise and eating healthy during this quarantine!. What are some things you are doing to help you manage meal preparations, eating right and what are you doing for exercise!
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    It's interesting to think about our plans vs. God's plans. I usually envision Jesus just chuckling at our frail attempts to plan every detail of our lives. These days have thrown us all for a huge curveball. A week ago, my daughter and her finace should have had their college graduation commencement ceremonies. In the same college, walking together, launching into their new lives. "Postponed" till August for now, if that works out. My son's Wedding was tomorrow (Sat). Months of preparation, the dress, the flowers and the day after we visited the caterer for a tasting for the reception meal, the stay at home order was put in place. Vendors contacted us, we them, and hope for a date later this year. My Granddaugher's 1st Birthday this past week was held over a "zoom call" with Grandmas and Grandpas, Aunts & Uncles, cousins and friends who should have been here squeezing the love out of her little pink cheeks and showering her with gifts in boxes that she liked better than the gifts. Ha! I'm fine with staying at home, helping flatten the curve, caring for my own family, trying to keep them safe and well so someone else doesn't have to. My heart is breaking for the job loss and stress and worry that is causing. Most of all, the heartbreak of loss of life. You would think there would have been a switch to flip so everything could run along smoothly in the world, while we took precautions to prevent spread of this virus. I'm not a doctor or scholar, so I don't engage in much back and forth of what is correct and what is not. It's crazy to be witnessing this first hand. Be kind to the others around you and help and love them how you can. If you need help, someone to talk to, etc., don't hesitate to reach out to friends, family and those around you. When you talk to someone via phone or online or in person, just like before, you may not know what kind of day they've had. Be sensitive, some of the trials of life go on without knowing or caring we are trying to deal with this virus, too. It surely doesn't seem fair to have to think about or deal with one more thing. Talk to your kids, hug your kids, for a long time. Think about their social media use and consider a different kind of monitoring or engagement. They can't get together with their friends like normal. Ask them who they are talking to, and how they are. Ask about their parents. Suggest they check on friends they may not have heard from in a while. I like the saying "we are all in the same storm, but we are not in the same boat." (I think that's how it goes, correct me if I'm wrong please!). We are all handling this in different ways. What a moment in history to be in the word and recall every bible study you've ever done. Beth Moore, are you there? ha! Shoot I hope she's writing one during or for these times! Watching church online in the comfort of our own homes, gathered together, some of us 2 or more (or more!), and He is with us there. Depending on what you believe, for example. does the Lord let this happen because he wants to see us slow down and not even leave home to engage in worship or hearing His message?) Just some thoughts, and I get too busy to engage in a lot of research or study. But I feel there is so much to be learned during this time. Let me know what plans you've had that have had to be changed?
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    Father God we pray right now in the name of Jesus for the President, Vice President and officials and other leaders around the world in this situation. Father God give them wisdom and keep them safe. Father God we pray for all of the officials that are involved with this situation to make godly decisions, for lives to be saved, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Father God we lift them up right now in the name of Jesus. Father God we ask for protection of our leaders, and all leaders around the world. Father God send forth the Holy Spirit to impart wisdom, and knowledge to heal the land and the people. Father God we pray for medicine, as well as for the natural body to heal itself as you have designed it to do. Father God we pray this prayer in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
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    To All, I want to thank God, for my Mom. My Mom has been the best for me, my sibling, and a wife to my Dad. She was perfect, and beautiful in my site. My mom was a working mom, and my Dad had his own business in the garage. Even though she was out of the home, she took great care in our upbringing. Both parents were Christians, Mom was Baptist, and my Dad was Church of God in Christ. However, they did not attend church on a regular basis. Because they had the job of working to feed, cloths, and educate the eight children. I know God was in the plan because I was the evangelist of the house, and the neighborhood. I was second from the youngest in my family, and I attended church with the ones (siblings and neighbors ) who wanted to go to church with me. My Mom would get us most the things we needed, and wanted. My Dad would pay the bills. My Mom always worked behind the seen negotiating for us with my Dad. She would take us to Disneyland, parks and the regular school stuff and we would love to go to the parades. They would manage to save money for family vacations in the summer to visit with relatives, 1700 miles from our home. I will always remember these two things that charted my life. I went away to college and my mom cried and when I came home she cried, probably because I was the only child the attended a university, away from home. I was her little best friend and she missed me so much. After college, things were not working as I had plan for my life, it seems that everything was going wrong. My mom said to me, “you have tried running, biking, jobs, and friends, and it is not working out, so why don’t you just try Jesus?” It dawned on me that I had not been going to church after college. I took up her words. I been running for Jesus a long time, and I am not tired yet. Life with our Lord Christ Jesus has been a blessing and I thank God for my mom reminding me of that simple fact, to stay with the Lord, for He provides the blessings. I now remind her that she gave me back the breath of life, and now living in it with Jesus, because of her very words. It is interesting that Moms know the right words to say when things are going wrong. For that I am grateful. Mom is 90 years old, and I am grateful, and loving that God has blessed her with long life. Dad died at age 72, as a family we, have a great Mom, and had a great Dad, who vowed to protect us until he die, and he did. We as a family had a great family life, lacking nothing.
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    christianmom, Your Mom, strong in the faith. It seems as though her work paid off on you, and now you are passing it on to your children. It is quite natural for you to miss her. Sounds like she played a big role in your life. A Mom that shows care and concern for her children, as well as others, reveals a great Mom. She has left you with a wealth of quotes, wisdom, and knowledge to pass on to your family as well as others, as you do so well with this site. I want to say Happy Mother's Day to you, other moms,visiting guests, or members.
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    What did you "take for granted" even just a few short weeks ago? Many phrases and sayings like this - I've had to clarify with my children somewhere along the way. The most entertaining is since they are now adults, hearing what they thought something meant, and how they messed up the meaning and used it in the wrong way at some point. Teaching a child, or an adult for that matter, to appreciate something or someone in the moment is about as complicated as explaining love, grace, forgiveness, empathy, honor, respect, etc. Its an important lesson and it takes time. Since finding my faith and maturing in it, I've made an effort to be thankful, grateful and appreciative. I didn't understand this as a child. Colossians 4:2 says Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And 3:15 says Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body, you were called to peace. And be thankful. This current health crisis/global pandemic has me and my closest friends lamenting over the small and large things we took for granted. It's interesting how something like this puts into perspective what is really important. We've been quarantined at home, like many others, and with all members of our immediate family. My daughters, who for many years were at dance and music lessons during the traditional family dinner hour as they were growing up, have been a little alarmed at the emphasis on dinner time in our house right now. Yet, gathering for a meal is a tradition across time and many cultures and an act that feels familiar and comforting to us. If anything, for us right now, it brings us together from where we've scattered in the house, so we grab food, reconnect, watch the news or a movie or just hang out and play with the dog and baby. I've known all along, going through our day to day lives, in my mind, to compare the freedoms we have, to somewhere else - where we couldn't do whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. This virus and the way it's brought every day life to a screeching halt has made many of us think about what “was”, and the “way things used to be”. We wonder what will *never* be the same again? The future is uncertain and the pain and sorrow this has caused is something I never dreamed. It has humbled me even more. I don't think the list of things I'm realizing that I took for granted will end any time soon. The most powerful ones aren't even about me, it's about others, their sacrifices, what they didn't really "sign up for" when they took a certain job or entered a specific career field. I'm also remembering the things I'm thankful for, good and happy memories. Some I pray we will get to enjoy again! I've also read about changes that might be good for the future! (the first good one I heard a few weeks ago was for those now working at home "so now we know that 3 hour meeting could have been handled over a few emails"??). Fortunately my husband is able to work from home for a while. It's a dynamic he has to adapt to, but the stress of the drive in traffic, the ease of a step outside or playing with the dog a few minutes are all positives he doesn't experience in an office. But he misses the camaraderie with his co workers, the idea sharing and in person discussion, a shared lunch, a quiet office to just think and plan. There are advantages to both. I told my daughter today to think 10 years or so from now, when she hears one of her favorite songs she's listening to now, it will remind her of these days. I know things will be drastically different then, but I hope she remembers the lesson we are all learning, young and old of how easy it is to take things for granted and remember to be thankful in the moment and thankful for all things. What specific things have you realized you really took for granted before all this? It can be something large or small or in between? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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    My Mom was a wonderful woman with a strong faith and I miss her terribly. She passed away 5 years ago, yesterday. It was hard to lose her right before Mother's Day! She died peacefully, and I trust she is with my Dad in heaven and many relatives who've gone before. (Part of me is thankful she's not here to suffer through this pandemic). Every day I still think I want to tell her some random thing. That seems to never go away. She had a wonderful way of showing care and concern for everyone she met and had a wonderful sense of humor. So did my Dad, and I remember a lot of love and laughter anytime we were together, just the 3 of us, or with our family. I hope to instill many of the things she taught me into my children and grandchildren. Her hope for all of her children and grandchildren was that they experience the love of Jesus. I've loved nothing more than being a wife and a mother. It was my greatest hope and dream. More than any career or job. Parenting isn't always easy, but I realize with each generation, we hope are own kids are wiser than we were and learn from their mistakes and ours (and hopefully they will make less of them!) Happy Mother's Day to all our Moms out there! You are blessed! Some quotes from my Mom: Laughter IS the best medicine! Things will look brighter in the morning Listen to the music of the falling rain Do it right the first time, you won't have to do it again. Don't be a quitter, follow through and finish]. Do what you say you are going to do
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    https://michaelhyatt.com/how-to-balance-remote-work-and-family-life/ Love the business advice and information on this blog! Michael Hyatt: https://michaelhyatt.com/
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    Thank you to our member ABC for sharing some amazing prayers during this time! Sometimes individually we can't find the right words for our own prayers, and it's nice share with each other what is on our hearts, because we will find many things in common right now!
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    Christianmom, Thank you for being here. Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. It is all God by the Holy Spirit that give me words. I do try not to be selfish. God has given me so much to be thankful for. There were many who prayed for me. I just want to give back to God's people, others who are seeking Him, and those who don't know Him. Showing myself friendly as He has ask us to do in His word. 😀 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Prov 18:24 [KJV]). Context 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
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    Welcome! So glad to have you here! We have recently updated this site so members are just coming back along with some new ones. There are some interesting old topics and some new ones - take a look around and let us know how you are doing!
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    this was not a christlike behavior.love one another as christ has love you. there are other way to get the result you desire.
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