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DH and I are younger (compared to a lot of our peers) parents with a 1-year-old DD. We're non-denominational believers currently attending a relaxed baptist church. I love God and Jesus with a sort of child's heart. I didn't grow up close to God but I knew of him. I learn snippets of scripture here and there but am mainly familiar with the more well-known stories/sayings. DH is really delving into the bible right now and shares topics he learns and then we discuss. I like the very relaxed approach. It feels like I'm first becoming friends with God, then best friends, then lovers... :-)
Our biggest hope for our DD is that she would be a follower of Christ and a leader of her peers. She's already so bright, sensitive, and loving. I can't wait to see who she becomes in Christ!
I'm really looking forward to chatting with you ladies!
Nazsmum, apple picking! Did you happen to go to delicious orchards? I grew up in NJ and I remember going apple picking there as a kid. Good times ;-)
Just a reminder ladies, it is clergy appreciation month! Don't forget to lift up your pastor/preacher/priest. They need to know how much we love them, and they need encouragement too!
Thanks for the reminder 3lilchunklins! I've thought that before after getting prayer from a pastor: who's praying for him/her?? I guess they probably have their nets of other clergy who help support them, but you're right that they need our encouragement also!
We went apple picking in Califon. I went with some homeschoolers. It was a nice sunny fall day. I wish that this HS group was more active. They are the only group that I "fit in". I don't fit to many places. LOL
Just came back from a pumpkin farm. They have carved pumpkins lit-up. Very cool!!!
3LilChunklins- Where did you grow up in NJ? Your husband is a youth pastor? I will say a pray for your family.
Pastor/ pray- I have a pretty good relationship with this pastor. I have prayed for him a few times. (in person) He was sick and I just went up to him and prayed over him. (I never had that kind of relationship with any other pastor in my 35 yr of being a believer) I just have a love for him. The Lord has laid it on my heart to pray for him. ONLY one other person I can really say I felt the same way for.
glasses- if you are reading this. I am having an Oils of the bible talk this Wed. PM if you would like to come
I grew up in such a tiny town, you've probably never heard of it, Milltown. Its right in there with all the Brunswicks. East, North, and New. South Brunswick was a little further.
Oils of the bible...? Sounds really cool, share if you get a chance!
I've got a question, I need some suggestions.
My 10 yr old ds doesn't have many friends (we homeschool, so the only kids they meet is at church or the library) So he really likes a boy he met at church, their family left the church, so now the only time they get to hang out is on the weekends, having sleep overs. So here's the issue- DH doesn't like our ds sleeping over their house very much. He's let him a few times, but he's REALLY reluctant. So then our only other option is having the friend sleep over our house. Which unfortunately is not going to happen again. This kid has always been on the snarky side, to put it nicely. But this weekend he down right bullied my 5 year old, and terrorized my cat. Then straight lied to me and DH about both incidents! So I'm fed up with this kid!
But, its ds's best friend. I don't want to force him to end this friendship. But, I don't see how its gonna work
Hard spot. It is hard because I have a similar spot myself.
I would try something 1st. Maybe sitting the boy down with your husband and laying down RULES. "you are in my home you will XYZ" If you act outside of these rules then you will not be able to come back. NEVER NOT EVER!!!! Some times kids need rules spelled out to them.
I feel for your son. But at the same time I can understand that your son needs to understand that he was wrong too.
I hope this helps a little.
I just wish there were more boys his age in our church or neighborhood
An "Oils of the Bible" talk sounds fascinating! But I will not be able to make it this Wednesday :snif: If I gave you an email address, could you send me a copy of your lecture notes afterwards?
Back in late September, my mom and I tried to go out to Wightman's Farms, which is in Morris County and which we love - but it was so crowded we couldn't get a parking spot, not even with her disabled placard!! And remember, this was in SEPTEMBER still... I can't imagine how busy the apple / pumpkin / etc. places are by now.
I have the last week of October off from work, so I'm praying for NO storms this year, and planning to visit my family's graves around All Souls' Day / All Saints' Day. Hope to do some other fall traditions too!
3LittleChunklins, I will include your son in my prayers. And I'm pretty familiar with the New Brunswick area!
Yes, please no storms! 2 years in a row is to much!!!
I will e-mail you as soon as I see what kind of notes she gives out.
3LilChunklins- I understand. It is so had with homeschooling and friends. We have kids that live across the street. They are BAD news. They are home on the weekends and I struggle about letting my boys play with them. So this past weekend I just had had it. So yesterday I let D play with them. I just stayed outside. It made things a little better. (really they are wild at times)
So I struggle too. I want my children to play. I want to let them to know different people and kinds of personality. BUT where to draw a line? What are we to do? let them be friends with the child that is _____? or not???
Just jumping in quick to say I think it's great you all are aple picking! No orchards this far south, well not apples-- the native persimmons will eb ripe soon tho-- DC like them, but I don't... anyway, sounds fun & makes me miss the North!
Re: a bad-news friend... idk, we HS & ime, it may be time to tell your DS that God wants us to choose friends wisely & someone who hurts little kids & defenseless animals is not the friend he wants...? Maybe read over Sampson's woeful tale of making bad relationship choices? I've had to do this as well, and it's always hard, & we do want them to share God's love with everyone, but a "FRIEND" is someone we influence & whom we allow to influence us as well. Outreach is toward everyone (Christ had compassion on the masses), but friendship is selective (Christ chose only 12 to be close to him)...
if you think there's hope for a positive relationship eventually, maybe you can take DS to meet him someplace w his parent-- then they can hang out w/o you needing to be in charge of the friend? & let him know future visits to your home will be based on his behavior during such play dates?
what did his parents say? did you tell them how the visit went? I'm afraid I'd have called his parents to come get him if he was mean to little kids & pets...
Nazsmum, your oils class sounds great-- let us know what you learn! I've looked into this topic a bit, but not in depth. one of my absolute fav oils is frankincense
My favorite concert was Snow Patrol. I've seen them a few times but once was basically front row at an amazing outdoor amphitheater. That was a really neat experience.
I suppose I have seen Mae, which is a semi-Christian band... They're very talented.
I've also seen and met Third Eye Blind. That was probably my second favorite concert. I pretty much only like their first album (the others are too strange/worldly for me) and they played nearly the whole first album!
What have been your favorites?