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Archive for the month “April, 2014”

The Movie – Heaven is for Real

I read the book. I am going to the movie. Heaven really is for real. Watch the movie or read the book and give me your opinion.

How are your kids doing? 

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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.

 

This Is The Simple Thing the Bible Forbids That Most Christians Take Too Lightly

You’ve probably heard the phrase “unequally yoked,” but what in the world does it mean, and how does it apply to you? This spoken word poet breaks it down for us.

The Loneliest Men & Women

The loneliest men and women are those older men and women whose children don’t want anything to do with them.  As a single parent you will never have enough time for everything you need to do.  Remember to take time for your children.  They’re what your life is all about now.  How are you going to keep your children actively in your life, all your life? I am reminded of the words from the song by Harry Chapin, “Cat’s in the Cradle”.

 

Cat’s in the Cradle

Harry Chapin

My child arrived just the other day

He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin’ ‘fore I knew it, and as he grew
He’d say “I’m gonna be like you dad
You know I’m gonna be like you”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home dad?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then

My son turned ten just the other day
He said, “Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let’s play
Can you teach me to throw”, I said “Not today
I got a lot to do”, he said, “That’s ok”
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, “I’m gonna be like him, yeah
You know I’m gonna be like him”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then

Well, he came home from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
“Son, I’m proud of you, can you sit for a while?”
He shook his head and said with a smile
“What I’d really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please?”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then

I’ve long since retired, my son’s moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, “I’d like to see you if you don’t mind”
He said, “I’d love to, Dad, if I can find the time
You see my new job’s a hassle and kids have the flu
But it’s sure nice talking to you, Dad
It’s been sure nice talking to you”

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
He’d grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then

Lonely

 

The Son of God Arose

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 than five hundred of the brothers at the same time,

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Single Parent Numbers in U.S. by State

40% of families in the U.S. are led by single parents

15 Million single Mothers

2.5 Million single Fathers

36 Million children of single parents

Note: The numbers on the map are low as the map was done in 2011.

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Statistics—Marrying Again

Marriage is not a quick fix for your personal problems.  In fact, marriage may even intensify your problems.

It takes about 2 years for a positive relationship to develop between a step-parent and a step-child.

38% of all weddings in the U.S. are remarriages for one or both partners.  Most form step-families.
33% of individuals who got divorced in 2008 were re-divorcing (that is divorcing again).
33% of step-family marriages last until death do we part.
Over 60% of re-marriages end in divorce.  Subjecting children to yet another family failure.
73% of third marriages end in divorce.

References; Wendy Manning, personal communication Jan 2010, National Center for Family and Marriage Research). U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2006)

Two wedding rings, elevated view

 

Children Suffer Significantly

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Children suffer significantly when a parent dies or their parents separate or divorce. It’s traumatic to the children. You must consider them in any decisions you make.

Check out my NEWEST Single Parent Video!

James Cruise Ministries is a ministry for single parents and all that goes with single parenting. A place you’ll find encouragement, inspiration and resources. Learn not only “how to survive, but thrive” as a single parent.

Two Hours Together

It’s amazing what you and your child can learn about each other if you just spend 2 hours together.

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