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  • Birthday 12/07/1982

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    I'm married, happily to a wonderful man and we have a five year old daughter

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    houston,tx

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    love to read (probably too much), sing, laugh, and play

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    Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations
  1. These are great suggestions. Thanks so much!
  2. Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone could recomend a good children's picture bible my five year old and I could read together. I personally have the KJV and I have a really hard time trying to read it with her. I have a pretty good grasp of old english, so it's a little easier for me than it may be for some. Thanks!
  3. Sometimes I get emails that I know I need to share. The name of the Lord is holy. Let's help to remind others. Subject: FW: What the Bible says about death... What the BIBLE says about death, Death is certain but the Bible speaks about untimely death! Make a personal reflection about this. Very interesting, read until the end... It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7): "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Here are some men and women who mocked God: JOHN LENNON: Some years before his death, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said: "Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him" (1966). Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times. TANCREDO NEVES (President of Brazil): During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency. Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died. CAZUZA (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet): During a show in Canecïo ( Rio de Janeiro ), whilst smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said: "God, that's for you." He died at the age of 32 of AIDS in a horrible manner. THE MAN WHO BUILT TITANIC: After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be. With an ironic tone he said: "Not even God can sink it" The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic. MARILYN MONROE: She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: "I don't need your Jesus". A week later, she was found dead in her apartment. BON SCOTT: The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang: "Don't stop me, I'm going down all the way, down the highway to hell". On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit. CAMPINAS/SP IN 2005 In Campinas, Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend. The mother accompanied her daughter to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends she said to her daughter - holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: "MY DAUGHTER, GO WITH GOD AND MAY HE PROTECT YOU." She responded: "ONLY IF HE (GOD) TRAVELS IN THE TRUNK, CAUSE INSIDE HERE IT'S ALREADY FULL" Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died, the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact. The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none were broken. Christine Hewitt: a Jamaican Journalist and entertainer, Said the Bible (the Word of God) was the worst book ever written, in June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle. Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other name that was given so much authority as the name of Jesus. Many have died, but only Jesus died and rose again, and he is still alive. JESUS!!! P.S: If it was a joke, you would have sent it to everyone. So are you going to have courage to send this?. I have done my part, Jesus said "If you are embarrassed about me, I will also be embarrassed about you before my father." What benefit does it have, if a man gains the whole world but loses his soul? What can man give in exchange of his soul? (Matthew 16:26).
  4. Is anyone able to go to the chat room? http://www.christianmom.com/forums/vBChat.php
  5. When I read God tells us in Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the LORD. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." And in Proverbs 14:12 it states "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." Bottom line, who am I to say that spanking is universally wrong when God himself says it is an acceptable form of loving discipline. I got a little confused. I don't see how that says that spanking is ok????
  6. melodyanne

    Bibles

    Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone could recomend a good children's picture bible my five year old and I could read together. I personally have the KJV and I have a really hard time trying to read it with her. I have a pretty good grasp of old english, so it's a little easier for me than it may be for some. Thanks!
  7. Patience-- there are many different examples, I wouldn't know where to start.
  8. Well I don't know if these qualify as one liners, but i thought they were pretty good when I read them so I thought I would share! Sorry I can't remember which website I read this on. I had been teaching my three-year old daughter the Lord's Prayer. For several evenings at bedtime, she would repeat after me the lines from the prayer. Finally, she decided to go solo. I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer: "Lead us not into temptation," she prayed, "but deliver us some E-mail. Amen." And one particular four-year old prayed, "And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets." A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am." A Sunday school teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?" One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping." The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel microphone, & as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform, jerking the mike cord as he went. Then he moved to one side, getting wound up in the cord & nearly tripping before jerking it again. After several circles & jerks, a little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother & whispered, "If he gets loose, will he hurt us?" Six-year old Angie & her four-year old brother Joel were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang & talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough. "You're not supposed to talk out loud in church." "Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked. Angie pointed to the back of the church & said, "See those two men standing by the door? They're hushers." A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5, and Ryan, 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. "If Jesus were sitting here, He would say 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait'". Kevin turned to his younger brother & said, "Ryan, you be Jesus!" A father was at the beach with his children when his four-year old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, & led him to the shore, where a seagull lay dead in the sand. "Daddy, what happened to him?" the son asked. "He died & went to Heaven," the dad replied. The boy thought a moment & then said, "Did God throw him back down?" A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, & shouted, "Thou shall not take the covers off thy neighbor's wife." At Sunday School they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little Johnny, a child in the kindergarten class, seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs. Later in the week his mother noticed him lying as though he was ill, & asked, "Johnny what is the matter?" Little Johnny responded, "I have a pain in my side. I think I'm going to have a wife!" This last one is out of the mouth of my co-workers 3-year old son Reese: "Our father, who does art in heaven, Howard is his name...."
  9. I love each of those, and no way can I chose a personal favorite, but I really love to sing "Shout to the Lord" Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.
  10. melodyanne

    Forgiving

    When I read what Heather wrote, it struck a chord deep inside me. I was molested by someone who lived with me from the time I was 6 until I was 16. It affected me in more ways than anyone will ever know. I went so wild as a teenager, I could have ended up in the hosptital or much worse. The Lord's hand must have been over me during that period of my life. I blamed myself for the things that happened to me. I thought, well my body reacted, I must like it, it must be my fault. Now there is not one iota of truth to that. Forgive him for it? No way, how could I? We fought all the time, my home life was miserable, I had to get out. My mom let me have my $650 child support and I moved out and have taken care of myself since then. Now I look back on my life with a different point of view. I am one of the strongest people I know. I am blessed with this awesome ability to forgive. It just comes so easy to me. One day he and I sat down and talked about everything. I came to understand that, although this doesn't excuse what he did, it was an alcohol induced sickness. Sickness. He hated himself for it. He told me that even though I said I forgave him, he knew that God never would. I was shocked! I told him I love him and I forgive him. I told him that he had to forgive himself. He said that was his punishment, he could not forgive himself, or forget what he did. I can't tell you how that made me feel. The few people in my life who know about all this, like my husband (who choses not to think of it), don't understand how I can love him so much, and forgive it. Well, I don't understand either. I know that that kind of forgiveness is what God has for me. No matter what I've done, I'm forgiven and loved. I have no choice but to forgive, but it is my choice. Forgiveness can release you from so much hurt, but in a situation like this one, it's often hard to come by. Heather, humble yourself before God. He is the only one who can heal that hurt inside, he can help you forgive. It sounds so easy, just forgive. We know it's not. It's one of the hardest things in life to do. You don't need your strength, you need his. Please don't think I'm trying to tell you that your feelings are wrong. My situation was so different than yours, they can't be compared. Sometimes it's good to hear someone else's story of abuse, and how they handle it. Father, bless Heather. Let her be filled with your peace and love. Give her the courage to overcome the hurt in her heart. Show her your greatness. Show her your forgiveness. Help her father. In your Son's name I pray, Amen.
  11. Hello everyone! Recently I have been researching natural vitamins and minerals compared to perscription drugs and over the counter pain meds. I myself get chronic headaches. Sometimes they last for days. It frustrates me so much. I am very tired and irritable when I have one, and it takes a lot of pain meds (ibprofen, tylenol, sinus stuff,ect...), to make it ease up, much less go away. I thought surely there must be something wrong with me. No one else gets headaches like I do, at least no one I know. Of course there must be others who suffer them as I do. My bestfriend's mother gave me afew samples of this powder magnesium supplement called Natural Calm from Peter Gilham's Natural Vitality line. Low and behold, after taking it several times, I am really noticing a change. I have more energy, less head aches, and sleep better. My mom has Fiber Myalgia (sp?). For those of you who don't know what this is, it's basically a disease similar to chronic fatigue syndrome. It causes serious aches and pains, insomnia, headaches, irritable bowels, among many other symptoms. For more information on this follow this link: http://www.datapan.com/fiber-myalgia.php The doctors give my mom all kinds of drugs from zanex to somas to vicodin (which is the only one she really takes painkiller wise), as well as ambien for sleeping, and inhalers and vitamin B shots (which she doesn't get because she can't afford them). These drugs have Not made her better. I think they make her worse. She is utterly dependent on them to lead a normal life. We sometimes go shopping together and she just can't handle more than two or three stores in one day. I would like to also state the following opinion: pharmasuitical companies are businesses just like any other. Their ultimate goal is to make money. If they were providing us with drugs that made us all better, who would need to take thier meds anymore, and how would they make money? Therefore, they don't want to TELL us about the natural ways that we can take care of ourselves. Things that we can go buy at the healthfood store. For instance, Dr. Shari Liberman, author of The Real Vitamin & Mineral Book, shared this information the other day on a morning show that I stumbled across. Cold & Flu--alternative remedy: Esberitox (containing natural antibiotics), Sambucol Ear Infections--alternative remedy: Goldenseal Root, Mullein Oil Yeast Infections/Yogurt--alternative remedy: Colloidal Silver, Acid Ophilus Chronic Urinary Tract Infections--alternative remedy: Cranberry Extract with Vitamin C Take a multivitamin with at least 25 mg of B-Complex every day to stay healthy Sugar (cancer cells love sugar), white flour, cookies, cake, soda, assorted fried food, and red meat lower immunity. These are just a few examples in a long line. Research into whatever you decide to take is of Vital Importance. Back to my origional problem of headaches and the effects of magnesium. I would like to share the following article: Magnesium dietary mineral information Magnesium plays an important role in at least 300 fundamental enzymatic reactions and for that reason is of vital importance in our health. Magnesium is required for Magnesium helps with formation of bone and teeth and assists the absorption of calcium and potassium. Where calcium stimulates the muscles, magnesium is used to relax the muscles. It is further needed for cellular metabolism and the production of energy through its help with enzyme activity It is used for muscle tone of the heart and assists in controlling blood pressure. Together with vitamin B 12, it may prevent calcium oxalate kidney stones. It helps prevent depression, dizziness, muscle twitching, and pre-menstrual syndrome. It can help prevent the calcification of soft tissue and may help prevent cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and certain forms of cancer, and it may reduce cholesterol levels. Magnesium assists the parathyroid gland to process vitamin D, and a shortage here can cause absorption problems with calcium. Deficiency of magnesium A severe deficiency caused by mal-absorption, chronic alcoholism, renal dysfunction, or the use of certain medications can cause neuromuscular manifestations, and personality changes can occur. Many cardiovascular problems are indicated with magnesium in short supply and rapid heartbeats as well as fatigue, irritability, and seizure can occur. Insomnia, poor memory, painful periods, depression, hypertension and confusion may also indicative of magnesium in short supply. It is used for the management of premature labor, and for the prophylaxis and treatment of seizures in toxemia of pregnancy. A deficiency may also be a contributing factor to incontinence in older people and bedwetting in children. Dosage The dosage underneath is the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA), but be aware that this dosage is the minimum that you require per day, to ward off serious deficiency of this particular nutrient. In the therapeutic use of this nutrient, the dosage is usually increased considerably, but the toxicity level must be kept in mind. Males 19-30 years 400 mg per day Males >30 years 420 mg Females 19-30 years 310 mg Females >30 years 320 mg. In supplementation it is normally taken in dosages of 750 - 1,000 mg per day. Toxicity and symptoms of high intake If you have kidney or heart problems first check with your medical practitioner before taking a magnesium supplement as an over supply can in severe cases lead to coma and death. Best used with It is best taken with calcium, iron, B group vitamins as well as vitamin E. When more magnesium may be required It has been found that people under stress have low magnesium levels, indicating that magnesium may be beneficial to those under stress. Enemy of magnesium Consumption of alcohol, diuretics, high levels of zinc and vitamin D may increase your magnesium requirement. This will also apply if you are taking diuretics (water pills), have diarrhea or perspiring heavily as well as taking large amounts of vitamin C. Other interesting points Magnesium is being investigated for the treatment of migraine headaches. Food sources Magnesium is found in dairy products, fish, meat and seafood, as well as in legumes, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, whole grain cereals, nuts, dark green vegetables, and cocoa, while hard water and mineral water may also supply it in fair quantities. I hope you have found this information helpful. Please add anything you may know of pertaining to this subject, simular articles, advice, or comments. It would be greatly appreciated. I would encourage you to click on the following link if you would like to learn more. I found the information here to be extremely enlightening, more so than what I put here. Have a blessed day everyone! http://www.bodyandfitness.com/Information/Health/pain.htm
  12. Jarryd, I agree with all the encouraging statements before me. This being said, I also think it's of great importance that you believe in yourself. You may be letting others make you feel unworthy. That's just not the case. You are special, you know what you have to offer, and the Lord is going to open the eyes of that employer that is worthy of you. Personally, I have a hard time "waiting on God" and HIS plan for me, and I understand your frustration. It is sometimes difficult to wait and deal with all the other aspects of life at the same time. Turn it all over to Him. The stress, the anxiety, and insecurities. Keep your head up! The plan God has in store for you may be so much more than you realize. You also said some things in life you can't just leave all up to him. I think that it's not about leaving it up to him. I mean, yes, you should have faith in him, but at the same time you must believe in yourself. If there has been a job you have applied for, and you feel that the job is right for you, sometimes you have be a little Pushy. If they don't call you back, you call them. Or even go there and let them see your smiling eager face. Show them what an asset you would be by your persistence. If you still don't get results, you'll know that job isn't in His plan. Maybe this situation will bring you closer to Him. Another thing that helps me is calling out to him the moment I start to feel down, or frustrated, or not good enough. I pray that the encouragement you recieve from those around you will settle deep in your heart, and that you will feel the prayers of the many that are praying for you. It's amazing what the knowledge of others praying for you can do to lift the spirts.
  13. I am so gratefull for that prayer. I can't tell you the feeling of relief that came with it. Somtimes I find it hard to find the right words for myself. I don't have but a few friends, and although they are christians I don't know how to talk about some things with them. This site will be a blessing to me, as it already has, and I hope I can learn to be a blessing to others. My life has changed so much in the past few months. I am hungry for the Word of the Lord, and for other women who feel the same way. I want to talk about Him. I want to learn how to be a better christian. I know that I need other women, like naejeirual, and thier support to help me grow. Father, Thank you for naejeirual. Thank you for her wise words. Bless her life for the blessing she has given me today. Thank you for the love you rain down on me when I feel most helpless. Father, help me learn to be a better christian woman, wife, mother, and friend. These things I ask in your Son's precious name, Amen.
  14. Good morning. I am 23 and have recently recomitted myself to the Lord. I am slowly learning what it means to be a christian, and many lessons fall right behind that. But I haven't learnt anything that can help me with a certain situation in my life. I have a friend that I have known for about five years. She is so special to me. She had a very difficult life and has pretty much been betrayed by each of the people in her life who mean the most to her, including her own parents and, (in her mind), myself. She has been used, abused, and discarded. She is the lonliest person I know. She has a son, 2 yrs, and a baby on the way. She is unmarried and lives with the grandmother of her son who is a loving christian woman. She has taken my friend under her wing so to speak. I live in Texas and so did my friend untill the hurricane, which changed her life. She now lives in Florida. (She is also bi polar, I shouldn't leave this out, and can't take medication while she is pregnant.) Last night we got into an instant message argument. I know, that sounds ridiculous, but that's what happened. She was trying to tell me about her depression. She said that no one knows or understands her. She said she HATES herself. She said so much that it was breaking my heart. I said something along the lines of God being there to listen, and His being the only one who can understand her. She cursed "F-Him and those who believe in him." I didn't know what to say. She told me that I am always pushing my beliefs down her throat. She said for me to stop trying to change her. She says God has never done anything for her. She's been raised by different people who had many different religions from baptist, jehovahs witness, to catholic. She is so confused and loney. Any time I broach the subject of God, she lashes out at me. She threatened to end our friendship, although I know she didn't mean that. I know that I can't save her, only Christ can do that, but I feel like I have to gaurd everything I say now. I don't like arguments, especially with the people I'm closest to. I am hoping that you all will join me in my efforts to lay her at the feet of the Lord and lift her up in prayer. I guess I could use a litlle prayer myself, maybe even advice, I just feel lost about all of this. Thanks so much for listening/reading, lol, it has really helped to share this with you.
  15. Hi Amanda. I'm Melody and new to this site as of today. I'm enjoying it very much myself!

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