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artmommy29

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    I am a stay at home mom, and I used to teach art.

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    art, singing, my 2 boys

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    domestic engineer, senior research analyist in the field of child development
  1. Hey ladies, It had been a while since I've been here. I just needed some oppinions from some other Christian ladies. Tell me what you would do. I have a dear friend who is a Christian. She has always had a heart for God and to help others. She had been living in D.C. for many years now and has the opportunity to experience meeting people from many different walks of life, and life styles. I reciently had a conversation with her about homosexuality. She feels as though she honestly cannot say if it is wrong. She sighted an example of a female couple she knows well who have a child that her children often play with. She if friendly with these women, and she said they are wonderful parents and their child is very sweet and well ajusted. She has taught her own children that some children have a mom and dad, some have 2 moms, or 2 dads. The issue of it having anything to be a moral decision hasn't come up, and she feels her children aren't ready for that yet. I know the heart she has for ministering to others. It is what got her located in the city in the first place. But, I feel in the past few years she has become increasingly desensitized to the truth of God. It is so hard to minister with the heart of Jesus with our earthly minds. She sees a loving family and a commited relationship and thinks, why not? These women are kind and go to church, so what's the problem. My children play with their children and all is well. That might be the case. In fact I am sure that in some cases there are homosexuals that are very committed to one another. Maybe even more so than some Christian marriages. (although statistically very much not the norm) They might be very loving parents, and go to church. And, according to what Jesus teaches we should be like my friend, and be kind, not hateful, because of their lifestyle. However, just because it looks real good, and it seems to be working does not mean it has been ordained by God. I am so saddened. We just can't seem to get it right as Christians. We are either sending all the sinners to hell in a handbasket because they don't measure up to our standards. We treat them as lesser than ourselves. We will except them and invite them into the family when they have changed. Or we go the other way and say hey, that's not what Jesus taught. We are supposted to except all people and love them. Then, insted of being focused on the word of God and letting him be our guide, we end up being taken in by what seems to be not so bad. The believe the lie that no one is getting hurt, and it looks like it works, so it has to be OK. We become complacent. Oh well, it's going to happen anyway. I am sad for my friend. I think she is loosing sight of the truth, in an effort to be a loving person. What would you say? Could you please pray for her and for myself for wisdom to know what to do. Thanks. Lauren
  2. I wanted to know if any one out there has an active and organized women's ministry in there church. If ou do, I might want to pick your brains. I also wanted to know if any one out ther has any websights that they know of that have to do with this subject. Thanks, LAuren
  3. I just saw that. I think she means 1 10 3/4 oz can. I don't think you'll have any luck finding a 3/4oz can of mushroom soup. It would be filled with teeny weenie little mushrooms.
  4. I just saw that. I think she means 1 10 3/4 oz can. I don't think you'll have any luck finding a 3/4oz can of mushroom soup. It would be filled with teeny weenie little mushrooms.
  5. I tried it too. It would be nice if we could set up a time to meet. I don't know how realistic that would be since we are all busy moms.
  6. I think any of the fix it and forget it cookbooks would be fine. The one I have has a lot of similar recipes is it, it's up to you to choose the one you like the best. I have done the pulled pork recipe but, I use turkey. You can use leftovers after thanksgiving, or any time. First slowcook what ever the amount of turkey you want. I use a half breast and leg thigh combo. then I cook up in a pan on the stove my own BBQ sauce. I never do exact measurements but, I can try to guess for you because it's fantastic! saute in olive oil, about one cup chopped celery, and 1 cup chopped onion. add about 1 to 1 1/2 cups Heinz ketsup ( the brand names do make a difference in this one.) about 1/2 cup Frenches Yellow mustard. - again I am estimating about 1/2 cup brown sugar about 1/4 cup Lea and Perrins Worsestershire sauce Then add just a touch of your favorite BBQ sauce from the bottle- Don't over do it You may need to adjust the ingredients depending on how tangy or sweet you like your sauce. Then debone and shred the Turkey and add the sauce. Put it all on the crock pot and slow cook it till you are ready to eat. You can not taste the difference between this and the pork. If anything it's a little less greasy. I always make extra to freeze.
  7. I am not sure why you are so angry about all this. I wasn't trying to attack you. I am sorry if you feel that way. I can however defend my own personal views and opinions. I believe George Bush is a Christian who loves the Lord. I do not worship him by any means. You act as though he is getting ready to send out nazi soldiers to get us. I would never compare him to Bin laden or Hitler. I find that rediculous. God has everything in his controll. That doesn't mean he fixes the elections, and that wasn't what I meant. I vote because I have the freedom to do so. I vote for the Canidate who's policies I agree with most. I personally think the way this country is going, eventually there won't be anyone worth while to vote for. But I will still continue to vote. I am not claiming that invading Iraq is going to give me more freedom. I hope it will however, give thousands of others freedom. I also never claimed that I was happy we were there. I am praying that something good comes of all this but, don't think I don't notice the casualty reports everyday on TV. I have never checked out the websight you mentioned, and from the sound of it, I don't intend to. And as for all the people who claim to be Christians who are at that sight, God judges their hearts not us. Lauren
  8. I agree. I sometimes wonder if God isn't rolling his eyes at us.
  9. I would love to be able to talk directly to other moms. I know in the past there hae been some threads that have turned into one on one discussions about certain things and it has been so nice to talk to others and get to know them. Sometimes I see that other people are on line and I have been tempted to IM them, but, I didn't want to seem pushy. It can be weird to get am IM suddenly from a stranger when your not expecting it. Lauren
  10. I don't think there is a Christian out there who is cheerleading for war. Rather, I think we would all wish that we were not at war. Ashbee77, I am not trying to pick on you but could you please list some of Bush's non stop lies about Iraq. Do you think he lies about the fact that he gets on his knees everyday to pray for the guidence of this country? God help his soul if he is lying. God has this world in his controll. He will use anyone who is in the Presidential office to bring about his plans. IF you are a Christian aren't you the least bit glad to have someone who is in office who you know is concerened about God's will, even if you don't agree with all of his pollicies? I would hope so. And as far as the "prince of peace" is concerened, don't forget that Jesus was not always peaceful. We use that name when we are living in accordance with his will. He brings us perfect peace and comfort. Should the founding fathers of this country said" since Jesus is the Prince of peace we will not be fighting for our freedom." When Hitler was killing thousands of innocent Jews and others, should we have said " well, since Jesus is the prince of Peace we can not help to stop this godless violence." I could go on and on and on. Do not forget that thousands of people gave their lives in war so we could have the freedom to speak freely about these very things. If they hadn't I doubt very much that any of us would have the freedom to sit here on a Christian websight like this and share our opinions. Are Christians who support this war blood thirsty? Absolutly not and I do not care for the insinuation.
  11. I don't feel divided when we are at odds about an issue. We all have to remember that we were all brought up differently, or came to know Christ in different ways. The type of church you are brought up in has a tremoundous influence on what you feel comfortable with in worship. My church upbringing was very concervative. Until reciently you would never hear an AMEN or see anyone raising their hands in worship. We are a very bible believing church but not at all "Carismatic" in any way. We would never hear any one speaking in tongues. I think problems arise when we as Christians begin to put God in a box, believing that God works in the ways we were taught he works. We believe that other people need to worship the way we do because it has always worked for us, and it is what we are comfortable with. speaking in tongues woulds be very foreign to me, and I would feel very uncomfortable with it. I would not ever say that someone else is wrong for doing it. It might be a wonderful intimate worship experience for someone else. We should never forget that we can not begin to comprehend how big God is. What is most important is that our heart is right with God and we are always seeking his will. I love seeing how different people worship. I find it interesting, and exciting to see how he works through us all differently. I do not feel it needs to divide us. If you seek God he will always be just the very thing you need. This is the type of thing however that can trip up a new believer. Ask your self what are you comfortable with in worship? Pray about it. Ask God to seek your heart. Most of all I think God wants you to love him and seek his will. God does not get strung out over worship styles like we do. He just wants our heart felt praise. Lauren
  12. I have been a christian for just about all my life. I love the Lord with all my heart, and I know God has answered prayers for me in very specific ways. I am constantly seeking his guidance. I have never spoken in tounges nor have I ever had the desire to do so. I really don't think it has to do much with your relationship or standing with God. Lauren
  13. artmommy29

    Bibles

    When I am doing a bible study I like to be able to have a couple of translations ready. It is nice to have the same thing stated in different ways. I just bought a bible for my 6 year old. It is the NIRV. The new international readers version. The same as the NIV but things are explaned better for younger readers. I haven't had a chance to do a comparison yet. I guess more important than what bible you have to read is that you are actually reading a bible on a regular basis. I know this can be hard to do for us busy moms. I often fall short of spending the time I need to in God's word. Lauren
  14. Wow, I guess Ihave been away for a long time! Looks good, and it seems to function a little better as well. Lauren
  15. Hey all, it's been a while since I've been here. I would like Prayer for a friend and sister in the Lord. Diane is her name. She has been a alcholic for many years and is about to loose her family because of it. This is a family who has been very active in our church, and you would never guess she was struggling. However, it is much bigger than she can handle on her own. She just got back from a months stay in a rehab on Arizona I believe. Before she left her husband told her that this was it. She was going to have to choose her family or booze. With in a week she had "fallen off the wagon". Her husband took her to stay with a sponser and someone to help her stay sobber, but, he is also seeking a divorce. The situation is so sad. She has 3 children a daughter in 4th grade I believe, and twin boy and girl in Kindergarten. The children have found her passed out many times. I guess I can't understand how powerful an addiction can be. I can't fathom risking loosing my family for a drink. I understand her husband wanting this all to end, but I also think it is all so sad. Has anyone else been close to a situation like this? Can you better explain it? What makes an addiction so strong?

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