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Archive for the month “December, 2013”

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

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Reminder – Single Parents

Mark your calendar for the weekend of February 28 – March 1.

“2014 Single-Parent Retreat”

For single parents and their children (ages6-10). Free day care provided for 5 & under.

Speaker: James Cruise

To sign up or for more information:

1-800-748-1651, ext. 284 or dbrashier@mbcb.org

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A Helpful Quick Read for Surviving the Holidays

“Unwrapping the Gift of Stepfamily Peace: A StepParent’s Guide to Success” by Heather Hetchler & Gayla Grace

Holidays are best celebrated with family and friends. No matter what your family and friends now look like. This book, by Heather Hetchler & Gayla Grace is just what the doctor ordered for you if you are a single parent or living in a step-family these holidays. Give it a read, I did and it gave me a wonderful and insightful perspective as how to work my way through the holidays. Available as a Kindle E-Book for just $2.99 from Amazon.

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The Joy of Christmas

Christmas is a season to celebrate true joy, the kind of joy that endures despite all odds, the kind of joy that is not founded on circumstances, but on the faithfulness of God. We can be joyful always by keeping our eyes focused on Jesus who is the source of our faith, by looking beyond our circumstances to the faithfulness of the One who called us to rejoice and whose Holy Spirit bears the fruit of joy in our lives. The presence of Jesus is the joy of Christmas. May His presence bring you ceaseless joy at Christmas and in the New Year!  From a Christmas card from Charlie & Nita Boudreaux

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Smart Stepfamilies

In the midst of a chaotic moment, humor is definitely good medicine for stepfamilies.

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Single Mothers in Prison

Did you know that 77% of women in prisons or jails are single mothers?

64% of mothers in state prisons report living with their children before prison.  One-third of mothers lived alone with their children in the month prior to arrest.  One in 5 children of incarcerated mothers witnessed their mother’s arrest.

78% of the nation’s jail and prison inmates grew up in a fatherless household.

Nationally, nearly 8.7 million children have parents under correctional supervision.

More than 65% of women in state prisons report being parents of children under 18.

More than 74% of incarcerated mothers report that their children live with a grandparent or other relative and 18% report that their children live in foster homes or agencies.

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