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  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?
  16. artmommy29

    US Election 04

    I have not ever heard of Peroutka. And I don't know what his stand on anything is like. We have the right to vote for whoever we want however, This is a close election this year, and I feel if you are conservative at heart, you should vote for Bush. It feel it is very important to have a Christian in office in these times of unrest. Every vote counts in this one!
  17. Wow! I am so excited for you! Congratulations! I just love little boys eventhough they can be a handful! I prayed to have boys for both times, and I guess God knows I am meant to be a boy mom. There is a special bond between a boy and his mother. I'll keep you in my prayers as things progress. Good luck prepairing for your little man ! Lauren
  18. It has been a while since I have had time to be here. This past winter my husband and I both felt prompted to think about selling our home and building again. We built the home we presently live in(for exactly 1 more week) seven years ago, and we love it very much. It is a beautiful Saltbox style on a large lot. We have put a tremendous amount of work into the landscaping, and into the house itself and my husband swore we would never move again. but, this past winter, I began to feel like perhaps we should think about moving closer to the church, and to the area where we spend most of our time. It was only a thought in the back of my mind until my husband brought it up himself much to my suprise. so we started the land search. We looked for several months, and there was nothing we really liked in the area we wanted, I was very specific about where I wanted to be, so we knew it was a long shot, plus I wasn't sure I even wanted to do it. like I said I love this house, and it was hard for me to think about moving, but, i just felt something prompting me to be open to the idea. I even prayed for God to shut the door to the idea at one point because like I said I have been content here. Anyway, spring time came and I had told the realitor that if we wanted to sell the house, I wanted to put it on the market when the flower beds were in full bloom, it is so pretty then, but we still hadn't found a place to build, and were going to give up and just put on a garage addition to the house. Then a woman from my bible study mentioned a development where her daughter was building a house. She had mentioned it to me before when we first started looking, but she didn't tell me that all the lots were at least 2 acers. That was what we were looking for, and would you believe in the EXACT location I had prayed about being. I went and looked at the lots, and went home and called my husband and told him that I had found where we were supposted to be. 2 days later we sat down with the builder and had the house plans started, and the next week we planned to put the house up for sale, which like I said i still loved, so this was the real hard part for me. I prayed that God would send someone along who I would know would love and care for our house the same way I did, and someone who might be a Christian. ( know this sounds goofy to ask for but, this was a very hard decision for me to make. I just had to be sure we were doing the right thing.) I need conformation ; God knows me well. Would you believe the house sold in 24 hours for asking price to a couple who I knew the wife, and they are Christians. They had been praying to find a house and start a family this summer but had given up their search until a mutual friend mentioned we were going to sell. They are beside themselves with joy, and said WE were such an answer to prayer. WOW! Now I need your prayers. We have one more week until we have to move and then we start to build. In the interum we have to move in with my parents. I am afraid it might be stressful, so please pray for me in particular. My mother and I get along well, but you know how 2 women under one roof can be. Plus I am afraid the action from the boys might cause stress. It has been a long time since they had kids living under their roof, and never 2 boys, or 2 so close together. I am hoping to be of some help to them around the house and property. There is a lot of work to be done and they are thinking of selling in the future as well, so We want to really help out. we should be there for about 6 months- EEK! Also pray for God's guidance as we begin living in our new home. I know their is a reason we were supposted to do this. I want to serve God in everything I do. He amazes me, and I want to live to serve him. Thanks for the prayers! Lauren
  19. What kind of music do you like? I am very picky about what I listen to and I hate to say it but, I feel that the Christian music industry has a hard time keeping up wit the quality of music you can find in the secular world. However, sisce my kids are very into music, and have been picking up on lyrics, I have started to find christian music to listen to in addition to the secular, and have found some pretty good artists. I went to Amazon.com and looked up christian music. I think you can even search by style. most have clips you can listen to. If you have a local christian book store or even a music store in a mall, they should be equipped with listening stations to check out the music before you buy. This is how I have done it. Some of mu favorite artists are Nicole Nordeman(has a sound all her own), Nicole Mullen (who is R&B), C.C.Winans( gospilsh), Rachael Lampa( pop sounding)and Jaci Velasquez (latin pop). My boys and I like them. Check out Amazon. Good luck, Lauren
  20. don't worry, you didn't offend anyone. I remember in my 20's thinking that I would feel old when I hit my 30's. I don't feel that way at all. but, look out, once you have kids time goes by so fast. Why do people turn their noses up at you? Do they think your too young to have kids? Have a great day!
  21. Yea, don't knock us 30 something moms. I am just feeling as if I am starting to get it all together. And, about Dallas I live in the Philadelphia area. We have always seen the Dallas Cowboys as the devil. Everyone around here bleeds green. Just kidding. I hope you guys find other couples you have stuff in common with. It is nice to have someone who shares your interests to relate to. Have a great day! Lauren
  22. Woofi is the name of the character in a christian book I have been asked to illustrate! I have been praying for about a year for God to give me something to do with my art ability. He finally gave me a job! I was an Art major in college, and taught art for 4 years after I graduated. Then I had my 2 boys, and have been at home ever since. At first, they kept me real busy, being 18 months apart. But, now I have a little free time on my hands, and had been feeling really itchy to do something again, but to be able to stay at home. I have done various things at church. I am sort of the artist in residence. Here it is. A woman in out church has a real heart for sharing the gospel to children and has gone to Romania a few times to serve the Lord. She came up with a story Idea about a little dog named Woofi who is a missionarry puppy. The first story is about how he gets lost from his own family on a farm and ends up with a little girl and her family. The little girl hears the message of salvation and asks Jesus into her heart- thus presenting the message to whoever reads the story. The family ends up being missionaries, and woffi travels with them in subsequent stories spreading the gospel. I was asked to illustrate them! Wahoo! It will be a lot of work. The first story will require about 40 illustrations. The entire thing is non-profit so this is just for God, and also gives me experience. I will let you know when the whole thing comes together. You will be able to purchase a stuffed Woffi and story for 20 dollars. with that money, you get 2 ; one goes to you and one is taken to a child in romania along with the story, or you can have both of them sent overseas. As money comes in, there is hope to create other characters, and stories. She is trying to hook up with other missionaries to be able to take the puppies and stories other places besides Romania. They will also be taken locally, or to anyone who needs to hear the gospel. God has been so good. I never thought I would be able to do anything realating to missions. I just couldn't picture myself going to another country to live and tell about God, but, I have always thought it was so amazing to work for God like that. Now I feel like I am actually helping! Not only that I am helping in a way that I love! God gave me the perfect thing to do. I never could have dreamed it up. He is so amazing! Pray everything goes smoothly, and he would give me the ideas I need. Later I will tell how everything to put this together came into place for the writer of this book. You talk about divine intervention! her story is amazing! Right down to the publisher she found. He turned out to be a Christian and his nickname is "woofie". Thanks! Lauren
  23. Thanks for the insight. I have been praying for awhile about this issue, and his relationship with God in general. I have to admit, I haven't been faithful completely in this area through out our marriage. When we were first married, I remember feeling glad he took care of all finances including giving to the church. That way I wouldn't be acountable to God , he would. Although I certainly knew better. Shame on me. I do know what it is like to have a hard time giving. When I was a kid, the most I ever made at a job was a couple hundred bucks a month, so giving 10 or 20 bucks didn't seem like such big deal. When I started teaching, it was the most I ever made in my life, it was a lot harder to give. I don't feel like that anymore. I want so much to do Gods work, and have faith to do what he asks. I woild like to see my husband here as well. I would like to be able to talk with him about it, but, I don't want to frustrate him, or feel like I am nagging him. He works so hard, I want to be a support to him, not a frustration. thanks again for the support, and prayers. Lauren
  24. I need some advice, and I would also like to know if anyone else experiences this. I have spoken about my dh here many times before. He is a wonderful man, and father. I love him dearly. He was raised in a christian home, teaches our children to pray, and generally sets a good example for them to follow. He also gives a lot of his time to the church working in the sound room. Personality wise, he is a take charge, and do it all yourself type of person. He tends to be intollerent of people that don't work up to his standards. I have to often remind him that not everyone thinks like him. There have been things that have been bothering me. Tithing for example. I know a lot of people don't do it, but, I was taught that you give at least a 10th of your earnings to the church, or towards God's work. My parents have always done this, even during times of financial crisis. God ALWAYS provided. I have brought it up a few times, but, you know how it is, trying to bring up a problem to a man. Especially when it is about him! I have to carefully plan out what I will say as so not to ruffle too many feathers. I do all of the bill paying in our house, but I have left the writting of checks to the church on his shoulders. I feel that he is the one who brings home the money, so it must be his demonstration of faith. To me it is very important, and not only that, how do I teach my kids to tithe if we don't? God has given us so much that I am greatful for, I want to give back the way I am suposted to. His work also really effects his attitude at home. I can tell when he is carrying too much of a load. he is always cranky and tired, and generally unhappy. It saddens me, not to mention it being hard to live with. How do you inspire your husband to be the type of man God wants him to be? How do you help a person who has been a Christian all his life be able to have real faith, to believe that God will take care of you no matter what, and to be able to act on that promise without knowing the outcome? I believe God had more in store for us than that daily grind. We can be joyful and live in faith no matter what we have to face. This is what I want for him. has anyone else ever felt like this? Lauren
  25. dear angie, It is very hard to handle difficult situation like this one and try to have as little confilct as possible. I have to be honest with you. If your husband has been hiding some of his drug use from you for the length of your marriage, he is not an honest person. And, he is lying to you now about quitting as well. No one can handle that alone. He has an addiction and needs help. Your decision to let him continue some of it is only going to prolong the agony and hurt for you and your children. I think you already know this. Thing of your children. What example of a man, and husband are they growing up with. Who will your son grow up to be like? I know this sounds harsh and terrible, and I am sorry you should even have to go through it at all. Your battle with this problem is going to be hard, the question is when do you really want it to end. Now, or do you want to prolong it by letting him continue to use. Where is the Christian community on this one? Why doesn't your pastor come to your husband and confront him? Have you ever thought about having an intervention with other friends and family? You can not handle this on your own. Get the help of other Christians. I will be praying for you. Try to remember God's promises for you. he promises that he will never give you more than you can handle, and he tells us that his grace is sufficient. It is all that we need. God will be with you. Lauren

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