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Archive for the month “March, 2013”

He is Risen – Jesus the Christ

The Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and rise on the third day. Luke 24:7

He is not here, but He has been resurrected!

Now brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By the gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to me also, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

Jesus said unto him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. John 20:29

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Today is Good Friday

An odd name for a day to commemorate and celebrate a death! The death of Jesus, the Christ, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, whipped and tortured and crucified – hung on a hill outside of Jerusalem on a Roman cross between two convicted thieves. And what for? For you, for me, for all mankind! The rest of the story on the third day…

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I Endorse DivorceCare Recovery Programs

Divorce recovery facilitators can lead divorced individuals to understand that although divorce grieves the very heart of God; he forgives our failures in our marriage in the same way that he does the many others, which occur in our lives. If you are struggling with divorce and are not involved in a divorce recovery program of some sort, by all means find a workshop at a church near you and in-roll immediately. That alone will greatly accelerate your healing and possibly avert another broken heart.

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48% of First Births are to Single Mothers

Some 48 percent of first births in America are now to unmarried women.

The playground rhyme about “first comes love, then comes marriage, and then comes the baby in the baby carriage” no longer applies to most young Americans — unless they earn a college degree,

This means “the nation is at a tipping point, on the verge of moving into a new demographic reality, where the majority of first births in the United States precede marriage,”

This emerging trend is alarming, as social scientists have long linked unwed childbearing with poverty, family instability, school failure, substance abuse and mental-health problems.

But one aspect is clear: Education is a major factor in this issue of marriage and childbearing.

  • Women who are high-school dropouts, for instance, typically have their first children around age 20 and marry around age 25.
  • Women who finished high school — but not college — typically have their first child around age 24 and marry around age 26.
  • In contrast, young women who finish college tend to follow the script in the playground rhyme and typically marry by age 27 and have their first child around age 30.

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18  ESV

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Parents – Take Care of Yourself First

Become a Super Single Parent

Surviving Tough Times

You can’t be the parent you really want to be to your children until you are healthy and fit.  You must first take care of yourself. Find some “Me” time, just for you alone. Take care of all aspects of your life: physically, mentally, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually. You are a thoroughbred! And thoroughbreds don’t win races on three legs…

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Thursday – March 21, 2013 is Single Parent Day

Just as Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are celebrated each year, so is National Single Parent Day. It is celebrated on March 21st of each year.

Today in Mississippi 44% of all families are Single Parent led families.

Nationally that figure is 39% and growing.

Simply put, it’s a day set aside to honor and applaud the hard work single parents do each and every day in raising their children.

While some may conclude that Single Parent Day is just a variation of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it is actually much more than that. Single Parent Day is an opportunity for the children of single parent families to recognize the sacrifices both of their parents make to provide for their needs, work with one another, and maintain a stable home environment where the children can thrive. It is also an opportunity for single parents themselves to celebrate their efforts and achievements.

It is a day to raise awareness about the determination and strength shown by the more than 15 million single parents who are raising children in the U.S. today. It’s a time to applaud the single parents who are up to the task of parenting their children.

If you are a single parent, were raised by a single parent, or have a loved one who is a single parent, be sure to take today Thursday, March 21st aside to make it a special day for yourself or the single parents in your life.

Single parents deserve your acknowledgment and appreciation.

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What Do You Need to Release?

You are now a single parent.  It’s not a place you ever dreamed of being.  How are you feeling right now, today?  Is there anything from your past you need to release in order to live your life in peace?

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Step Mom Magazine

Step Mom Magazine

A monthly, online magazine.

Why do step moms need a magazine?
* It’s the most challenging, complicated position within a family system.
* The role is largely undefined and there are no clear rules to follow.
* It’s hard to find support. People don’t talk much about being a step mom.
* There’s a lot of bad advice and misinformation out there.
* Research proves up to 72% of all remarriages involving children end in divorce.

How can StepMom Magazine help you? 
We offer advice, information and tools to help you understand stepfamily dynamics. Stepfamilies aren’t the same as first families; to avoid becoming a statistic it’s important to understand the differences. We help you to feel more secure in your role so that you can thrive and succeed in your relationships.

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Workbook now Available Online

Do you know a Single Parent wrestling with their situation as a single parent? Check out this new resource from James Cruise Ministries at http://www.jamescruise.com

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How are your kids doing as kids of Single Parents?

Rate to see how they are adapting.  Be honest with yourself.

1 Not so Good        2 OK        3 Pretty Good        4 Great

___  They have begun to understand what has happened.

___  They are beginning to accept their new life and move forward.

___  They are learning more about facing adversity and confronting it head on.

___  They have given themselves permission to show their real feelings with us as family.

___  They are learning about how to forgive in their situation.

___  They are beginning to talk about what has happened.

___  We are becoming closer together as a family.

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