Ladies’ Night In Bible Study

Ladies,

Fall is officially here and our second session of Ladies’ Night In is this coming Tuesday September 30th!  Our first session on August 26th was a great success, thanks to you.

Please join us again for delicious food and fellowship at 6:30 PM in the foyer.  Remember, the classes you chose run for the entire semester. Our amazing teachers are excited to dig deeper with you into God’s Word.

Don’t forget to invite your friends, family, and co-workers!

Mark your calendar:
Tuesday, September 30th
Tuesday, October 28th
Tuesday, November 18th *Please note the date change due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Doing the Right Thing

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My mother was a single parent with two children to raise in the inner city of Los Angeles. She was also a godly woman who believed in “doing the right thing.” I used to complain about it all the time: “Why do I have to forgive or apologize first?” “Why do I have to let them get away with being mean?” But what I did not understand was that even though the odds were against her, my mother was setting the stage for a family life based on values and integrity.

As a child growing up, I didn’t know exactly when my parents divorced. I knew my dad left us in California to go back to Texas. I also knew that he rarely called us or checked on us. But I can’t remember when I actually stopped believing that he was going to come back home.

Clearly, since my mother had to take care of us by herself with no child support and almost no contact from my father, she had sole custody and sole decision-making. Looking back on it now, as a family law attorney dealing with child custody battles on a daily basis, I realize that my mother truly had the ability to put our best interests over her own. Her own parents were married for over 50 years, and having had every expectation that her marriage would last forever, my mother’s divorce was a bitter disappointment to her. I don’t think she ever completely recovered from my dad leaving her, but she never once tried to alienate us from him or destroy our impression of him in order to make herself feel better.

In custody cases, too often one parent belittles, criticizes, shuts out, or verbally destroys the other parent in the eyes of their children. I had a case once where the mother refused to let her son be coached by his father on his sixth grade football team. She told him the details of his father’s transgressions and that his father had abandoned them both, ultimately resulting in the little boy hating his father. She called me seven years later because her son hated having his father’s last name and wanted to change it for his eighteenth birthday. What she also said was that he was an angry young man who was mean to her, disrespected his stepfather, and had a hard time in his relationships with girls. With a bitter 18-year-old man on her hands, she deeply regretted sending her son’s father out of his life. Sadly, it was too late; the damage was done.

In choosing to follow Jesus’ example on the cross, my mother was able to protect her children from some of the harsh realities of divorce and parental alienation. Destroying a child’s impression of their other parent can sometimes destroy part of the child.

Today, more so than ever, when custody is determined by the Court without regard to gender, Christian women in custody disputes have a spiritual and moral responsibility to do the right thing. Your children will be better off in the long run, and someday when they are grown, they will thank you for it.

Wellness: Wisdom Through the Ages

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Change is in the air! The warm embrace of a summer breeze is changing to a crisp fall kiss. Blossoming trees and flowers are preparing for their winter naps and we change from shorts to pants, tank tops to sweaters. Yes, change is all around us, but one area of transformation that I am reluctant […]

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She Builds

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“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” – Psalms 127:1 (NKJV)   “Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.” – Proverbs 24:3 (NKJV)   If I asked you to think of attributes that would best describe a woman, you would probably be able to […]

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Ladies’ Night In – TONIGHT!

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Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly Ladies’ Night In Bible Study tonight, August 26th. We have incredible classes for you to choose from! So, invite some girlfriends and be a part of our fun girls’ night full of delicious food, wonderful fellowship, and incredible teachings. Hope to see you tonight, August 26th @ 6:30 […]

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Finishers of the Faith

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Too many times young women today look to the media as their role model. Some women we tend to look up to may fall short, even if they are Christians. I have found that looking up to the “finishers of the faith” is more inspiring because they have truly finished, you know the end of […]

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Letting Go…One Tiny Bit at a Time

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My heart sinks as she proudly walks down the sidewalk in her cute pleated skirt and button-up shirt, holding tightly to her brand new pink backpack. Sure, she’s old enough and ready—but I’m not! One single tear rolls down my cheek as I toss the sunglasses back over my face. I can’t let her see […]

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Ladies Night In – Coming Soon!

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Ladies, It’s that wonderful time again!  The fall semester of Ladies’ Night In starts Tuesday August 26th!  As always, we invite you to join us for delicious food and fellowship at 6:30 PM, followed by your choice of two amazing classes. We will continue on with the powerful theme of “Princess Warrior” for the fall.  […]

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The Feminine Touch

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Remember the movie My Fair Lady? It began with wise Professor Higgins making a wager with a friend that he could take a girl off the street and change her life by teaching her the principles of proper speech and etiquette. He soon made a frivolous girl named Eliza the focus of his experiment. As […]

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Learn from the Best: Become the Wife God Called You to Be

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Marriage is hard work! Even though you love the man God has given you, keeping and protecting a healthy relationship can be a difficult task. But we as wives are still called to bring honor to our husbands. After all, “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like […]

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