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Archive for the month “December, 2012”

“The Three F’s”

When things and events in your life aren’t going your way – what will get you through these low points? The “three F’s” are what will get through: Family, Friends and Faith. Being alone during the tough times in your life is not a good place to be. Tough times make you humble and teach you that you need the “three F’s” close to you when you are down. Your safety net is your family, friends and faith. Call upon the “three F’s” and utilize them each and every day of your life. Become familiar with them and they will get you through your tough times. Guaranteed!



Hurting – Not Just You

The saying goes, “Hurting people, hurt other people”.  No doubt, where you are as a single parent has left not only you hurting, but everyone around you hurting.  Have you really thought about everyone who is hurting around you?

You, Your ex-spouse, Your children, Your relatives, Your ex’s relatives, Your friends, Your kid’s friends, Your church mates and Your neighbors.

Maybe it’s time for you to realize that it’s not all just about you.


Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from James Cruise Ministries!

May the true story of Christmas live in your life.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life. – John 3:16

Christian Christmas

The Gift of Yourself

Want to know one the best gifts you can give your kids for Christmas—beyond the gifts you wrap and place under the tree?

Since the material gifts are probably already purchased and wrapped, let’s talk a bit about a truly lasting gift you can give your children: the gift of YOURSELF.

It’s all about time together—you being available to them—and what you can do to make great memories with your children.

Give a special “Parent Gift” to each of your children. It’s like a gift certificate. Call it a “Day with Dad” or a “Day with Mom”.

Each of your kids gets one day with you to do whatever he or she wants to do. They choose where to eat and what to do—it’s truly their day with you. They do fun things and they have YOU all to themselves.

If you ask your kids later in the year what toys or gadgets they got under the tree, they probably couldn’t tell you. But they could absolutely tell you every place they visited during their day with YOU.

That’s the kind of gift that money can’t buy.


The True Spirit of Christmas

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).  -Matthew 1:23

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God. – Luke 1:35.

I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! The Savior, yes the Messiah, the Lord has been born tonight in Bethlehem!  – Luke 2:10 -11

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life. – John 3:16

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:20-22

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2:13-14

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. – Luke 2:14

Baby Jesus Christmas


In Just Two Hours

It’s amazing what you and your child can learn about each other if you just spend 2 hours together. Your children need your attention, your undivided attention. They need quality time with you. No TV on and no cell phone on.  They need you and a little bit of your time. It will change both of your lives. There is no better time than this weekend to start. So get to it!

Dad and son with bike

Tomorrow – Will Come

Yes, tomorrow will come and it will be better than today.

Better is on its way.

Survive will turn into thrive.

Yes it will!

It’s going to be a fun and enjoyable ride.

Just hop on, learn, and enjoy.

Tomorrow is always a new beginning.

You may be down today, but tomorrow you can be up.

Don’t put your life on hold just because of the “what if’s”.

Don’t pass up opportunities today for tomorrow.“Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.”    Charlie Brown to Snoopy

These words from Charlie Brown are really words from God above to you and me.


New Home Rules

As a single parent your home living situation has probably changed.  With all the changes in your living arrangements, naturally the rules at home should change too.

  1. Everyone has more responsibilities (chores) to do now.
  2. You are in charge now; not your ex, not your children.
  3. The old rules no longer apply.  Only the new rules apply.
  4. New rules for holidays, vacations, and for when not in school.

Are you developing new rules for your home?  How is everyone adapting to the new rules?

Home Rules

Attend Your Children’s Christmas Events

Nothing says “I love you” more than showing up at your children’s activities. Here at Christmas time your children are involved in Christmas events at their schools and churches. Your children want and need you to be there. Be sure you are there. Do whatever it takes to attend. Don’t disappoint them.  They are only young once.

Childrens Christmas program

More Big Mistakes by Single Parents

How many of these are you unintentionally making.  You can change and stop making them.  Get to it…

  1. Doing too much – more than you can handle easily.
  2. Allowing your children to control you.
  3. Showing favoritism to one child over another.
  4. Not asking for help.
  5. Trying to be perfect.
  6. Trying to go it alone.
  7. Not having a written budget and using it.
  8. Denying that you or your children might need some counseling.     Mistake

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