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  1. Help from the Heart and at Home Whether you are on your own staying at home, or with your spouse or family, let’s share some ways you are coping and helping during this unprecedented time! I’ve been inspired by seeing our local students individually sewing masks at home, volunteering to get groceries for senior citizens or walk them through online ordering grocery deliveries, helping with yard work, etc. I’ve seen many churches holding prayer vigils either hourly for a certain period of time or praying for specific people, situations or places. I’ve seen a trend of hanging homemade hearts outside your door and teddy bears for children to search for when out for exercise with their families. Musicians are making music from home and sharing online either individually or virtually with other individuals to make an online group! The videos online of people are singing, clapping, cheering from their balconies to support each other and hospitals during their shift changes! I saw a story of a group of doctors and nurses from my area flying to NYC to assist in the crisis. The stories go on and on. I know there are stories of pain, suffering and sacrifice, and stories of hope. Please, if you feel comfortable, share your ideas and ways of coping for you individually or as a family and ways you or those around you who are able are helping!
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    New in Town

    Absolutely one of my favorite movies! Tapioca!
  3. My son's favorite movie.
  4. One of my husbands favorite movies.
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    Frozen

    One of my daughters favorite movies - they still watch it today as young adults.
  6. One of our families favorites movies.
  7. After we’ve come to faith in Christ, God leaves us in this world for a very clear purpose: his own glory. But how are we to glorify God for the rest of our lives? The Bible reveals that God has laid before every Christian two infinite journeys which we are to travel every day: the internal journey of growth into Christlike maturity, and the external journey of worldwide evangelism and missions. This book is a road map for the internal journey, laying out how we are to grow in four major areas: knowledge, faith, character, and action. In this book, we’ll learn how God grows us in knowledge, faith, character, and action. We’ll also discover that spiritual knowledge constantly feeds our growing faith, faith will transform our character, our transformed character will result in an array of actions more and more glorifying to God, and our actions will feed our spiritual knowledge. This upward spiral will lead us to become more and more like Jesus Christ in holiness. And not only will this book help us understand Christian growth in detail, it will also give us a passion to grow every day for his glory.
  8. “How do you do it all?” That’s the question that wife, mom, actress, and best-selling author Candace Cameron Bure is often asked. And it’s a question that women everywhere are asking themselves as we seek to balance all of our roles, responsibilities, and opportunities. So, how do we do it? Working since the age of 5, Candace has been in a balancing act for nearly her entire life. She is the first to tell you that there is no miracle formula for perfect execution in every area of your life, but there definitely are some lessons to be learned, lessons that come to life in Candace's story. Come along and dig into Candace’s story from her start in commercials, the balance-necessitating years on Full House, to adding on the roles of wife and mom while also returning to Hollywood. Insightful, funny, and poignant, Candace’s story will help you balance it all.
  9. Do You Feel Like You're Missing Something? What if this feeling wasn’t a bad thing? It could be a longing for more of God and a catalyst to living the life that was designed before the foundations of the earth were laid. A lot of us, if we’re honest, are afraid. We hold our dreams close to our chest. But our passions have a purpose—they were engineered for God’s greater plan and he intends for us to use them for his glory and purposes. In Restless, Bible teacher and fellow struggler Jennie Allen explores practical ways to identify the threads of your life and how to intentionally weave them together. She explains how your gifts, passions, places, and relationships aren’t random; they’re deliberate and meaningful. And your suffering—it’s possible it has produced the very thing you want to give back to the world. Using the story of Joseph, the dreamer, Jennie explains how his suffering, gifts, relationships—all of the threads of his life—fit into the greater story of God and how our stories can do the same. What would happen if God got bigger than your fear and insecurity, and you spent the rest of your life running without reservation after his purposes for you? You were created for more.
  10. Revolutionize Your Health ... Once and for All During an afternoon of baptizing over 800 people, Pastor Rick Warren realized it was time for change. He told his congregation he needed to lose weight and asked if anyone wanted to join him. He thought maybe 200 people would sign up, instead he witnessed a movement unfold as 15,000 people lost over 260,000 pounds in the first year. With assistance from medical and fitness experts, Pastor Rick and thousands of people began a journey to transform their lives. Welcome to The Daniel Plan. Here's the secret sauce: The Daniel Plan is designed to be done in a supportive community relying on God's instruction for living. When it comes to getting healthy, two are always better than one. Our research has revealed that people getting healthy together lose twice as much weight as those who do it alone. God never meant for you to go through life alone and that includes the journey to health. Unlike the thousands of other books on the market, this book is not about a new diet, guilt-driven gym sessions, or shame-driven fasts. The Daniel Plan shows you how the powerful combination of faith, fitness, food, focus, and friends will change your health forever, transforming you in the most head-turning way imaginably---from the inside out.
  11. A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven. Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear. Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us. Told by the father, but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.
  12. What do moms thirst for even more than coffee? Moms want to know they matter, that they make a difference. They want to know they are not alone in their parenting experience and that their lives have purpose. They want to see their children prosper. They want a full cup. Celeste Palermo gives moms more than a jolt of caffeine with these humorous, yet poignant, brief devotions easily read while on the run. Moms juggling cups of coffee will relate to her coffee related stories and insights on such basic needs as affirmation, purpose, good health and eternal life. “Coffee Talk,” “Common Grounds” and “A Perfect Cup” sections provide quotes, Scripture references and interviews with coffee-drinking moms offering insight and inspiration. “Soul Sip Solutions” offer questions to encourage reflection and response. After reading The Coffee Mom’s Devotional, moms will be reminded that caffeine can never sustain us, only Jesus can.
  13. When Tracy Klehn’s two children were under two years old, she began to pray. Now she shares with other moms what she learned, including the power of praying for their children, families, friends, and themselves. Each of the twelve sections focuses on a different aspect of prayer along with creative ways to strengthen a mother’s faith.This book helps women focus on prayer—still leaving them time to get the laundry put away! A great gift for Mother’s Day or for a woman to give to her sister or girlfriend anytime of the year.
  14. Welcome to ChristianMom! Celebrating 20 years of Online Fellowship, Friendship and Inspiration for Moms of all ages! This site was started around Mother’s Day back in 2000. As the internet was gaining popularity, I said to my husband - we needed a place online, for Moms of faith to communicate, and support each other. Thanks to my husband he helped me get the site up and running and the forum format was an easy way to organize topics of discussion and for us all to interact! The online world has grown exponentially since then, along with all of our families. I spent many years featuring other writers, authors, bloggers and information on this site, all while never feeling like I quite had enough experience as a Mom to give any of my own advice! I learned through the years that we all have something to gain from each other when we are in the word together and sharing insights and encouragement covered in prayer. I’ve been part of amazing groups of women in regular bible study and these ladies have loved on me and helped shape who I am. They’ve taught me how to be a good friend, a good wife, a good mother, and how to grow in my faith. We’ve been part of many amazing churches through the years with passionate congregations and amazing leaders who’ve challenged us and taught us about real community and how grace and faith in God can reach just next door and around the world. We are so thankful! In the middle of this most recent upgrade of this site, our world has taken an unimaginable turn, something we’ve all really only seen in movies or feared. I wake up every morning in shock, humbled and heartbroken, pushing fear to the bottom of my list and trying to make life as stable as it can be while we take care to stay at home. My heart and mind goes immediately to every individual and family who is in this nightmare first hand and every doctor and nurse who selflessly is giving every ounce of energy to care for those infected. I hope there might be a few who find this site a place of refuge and encouragement, and for those reasons I think for now, it’s worth continuing. I am a wife of 27 years, mother of 3, mother-in-law to one, grandmother to one, and future mother-in-law to one. I have been richly blessed beyond more than I could have dreamed. I don’t have all the answers, but I will attempt to share and encourage you and also lead you to others who will also encourage you and lift you up. - Carla ChristianMom.com
  15. I am currently doing a small group Book Club style study on this book. This past fall I did a women's bible study on the same book. I love Francis Chan but his videos always leave me wanting more info, and he's great at sparking discussions. Has anyone read it and what are your thoughts?
  16. So ladies, back when this website was started, Creative Memories, Stamp It Up, all those types of things were very popular! There's nothing more fun than finding that perfect scrapbook paper for the theme of your most recent book. However - life got in the way and I didn't keep up! Once I got my first digital camera (around 2000-2001), I stopped printing and we kept all of our photos on our computer, then we had a family website, then we emailed photos and then we discovered Facebook and then smartphones became popular. I had been a photographer years ago in the "film age" and I've taken it up again, but I am the worst at getting my own photos printed! My oldest child, my son, is about to graduate from high school this year and I am feeling horribly guilty that I don't have numerous scrapbooks to present to him or lying around the house for him to see. But he knows most of the photos are online. Somewhere. I had a friend compliment me years ago because I would take the time to label the back of each photo with names and dates. She responded that her kids would have to guess at names and dates using "context." haha. Ouch, good luck. I recently discovered the ability to stand at a Target store, log into their wifi through the Kodak program and send pics from my phone directly to their printer and print them out. I was printing photos to frame and give as gifts. It was easy and quick. Also, there was a business featured on the TV show "Shark Tank" called GrooveBook, and the membership price is $2.99/month and you get to upload up to 100 photos per month from your smartphone only (not a desktop computer), and they will print them for you and ship them to you for that price. They are bound together as 4x6 prints in a booklet and each photo is perforated, so you can tear them all out or just a few. The first one was free with a coupon from a friend, but I think it made you sign up for a subscription that charges you the $2.99/month and will give you a date by which you need to upload photos. I got my first little booklet today and it's pretty good. A few photos were not the best quality (my fault), but my family (husband & 3 kids) enjoyed seeing them. Receiving that today prompted me to write this and find out what it is you do with your photos? Are any of you still active scrapbookers? For a slacker like myself, would you recommend me starting with the most recent event and work backwards as time allows, or see how far I get with where I left off (unsure how long ago that was!!) I'm sure I'm not the only one in this predicament! Maybe everyone is satisfied with things like Facebook for viewing friends photos - but I would miss not having a book or printed photos to pick up and hold in my hands as the years go by. Thoughts?
  17. I just replied to a post in the discussion forum that was from back in September, however it got me thinking, social media keeps changing, and what are we doing to keep up? Would love to hear how you control it, have you found any tools or good articles to guide your preteens/teens/college age kids? I'm one of those tech savvy Mom's, and my kids are pretty open with me about all that goes on in different areas of social media (sometimes I know they share with their Dad and I because they are shocked too). However, the most alarming thing is a trend that I think will continue and grow. Facebook was the new and fun thing a few years ago. Now it's no longer the cool place to be. Sure, kids have a page, but they know their parents do too. So, where would you want to hang out, with your parents, or where your friends are? They will continue to move to other forms of social media according to what's accepted (cool) and most used by their peers. I think there is a "loyalty level" to according to what they were first introduced to, and what's available now. I have a child who turns 13 on Friday - who could care less if she "gets a FB page". She's happy on Instagram and Mom and Dad didn't make her wait until she was 13 or any age to get it. I have a 15 year old who uses Instagram and Twitter. Both much more 'smartphone' friendly than Facebook. And a son who is a senior, who kind of uses Instagram and Twitter a little, but mainly texts and snap chats throughout his day and reads all his news, tech stuff on his phone. If some of these things are social media sites you are unfamiliar with, stay tuned and I will be posting some guides so we will all know what we are doing and what to look for!
  18. This is awesome, and I completely agree. As parents, we have to look beyond Facebook too - many kids, middle school and high school have moved away from Facebook because that is where all the parents have landed. It's no longer the cool place to be. I'll be providing some other posts on other social media sites where the kids are and how we can stay involved. Facebook has it's value - especially for those of us with families far away and overseas, and reconnecting with long lost friends. But it has to be used with a clear mind, you know? Just my opinion!
  19. Lily - I think many of us, whether we are "new" Christians or not have felt the way you do. We are saved by grace, (by the gift of Jesus, his sacrifice on the cross) and do not need "works" to get to heaven. However, when it speaks of works, I've always felt (and let me go find the verse…1 John 3:17 But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won't help him--how can God's love be within him ?) And I would equate the money reference in that verse equal to your time and abilities. However, you are at a time in your life where you are serving your husband (if you are married) and your children. Your job right now is to raise them. If that allows opportunities for you to serve others around you or those in need, so be it, but your first priority is to your family and your "works" can be making sure they know God's word and their hope of salvation through Christ. Even as little ones, you can teach them to have a servant's heart. If you are involved in a church in your community, maybe they have things you can do individually or as a family.
  20. Lily - I think many of us, whether we are "new" Christians or not have felt the way you do. We are saved by grace, (by the gift of Jesus, his sacrifice on the cross) and do not need "works" to get to heaven. However, when it speaks of works, I've always felt (and let me go find the verse…1 John 3:17 But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won't help him--how can God's love be within him ?) And I would equate the money reference in that verse equal to your time and abilities. However, you are at a time in your life where you are serving your husband (if you are married) and your children. Your job right now is to raise them. If that allows opportunities for you to serve others around you or those in need, so be it, but your first priority is to your family and your "works" can be making sure they know God's word and their hope of salvation through Christ. Even as little ones, you can teach them to have a servant's heart. If you are involved in a church in your community, maybe they have things you can do individually or as a family.
  21. If you would like to share your testimony with us, we'd love to share it with our members on ChristianMom.com. Just send ChristianMom a private message with your testimony, and we will chose one per month to feature on ChristianMom.com. We will just use your first name and state in which you live. Or we can just use your first name if you request that. Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you!
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