Laurie’s Blog

Laurie’s Blog

Packed & Ready to Go!

Can you believe they let me take this picture? There may be pay back for publishing it!

It recently occurred to me I’ve been packing school lunches for 14 years! And as silly as it may sound- I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. My older son “graduated” to school lunch in high school, but my younger two always preferred a sack lunch. As their senior year ended last week, I realized I was making their last high school lunch! All you moms out there with high school graduates understand my sentimental struggle with “lasts”! I thought back on a few of the “creative” lunches I made.  Low on sandwich bread? Sneak in a heel of a bread or how about peanut butter on a hamburger bun! I never heard a complaint.

My favorite part of lunch making was to scribble a note on an index card and stick it inside – I just wish I had done it more! Not long ago I found one of those “lunch notes” in my son’s messy room (I won’t say which one) and it filled my heart to know he had hung onto it. So, in true mommy form, I couldn’t help myself but stick one final note inside that final lunch!

Whether they tell us or not, I firmly believe the little things we do for our children matter. You are “packing their lunch” for life. Keep on packing! And keep on praying for God to work through you and your children. Nothing is impossible with Him! (Luke 1:37)

We have His promise that if “we start our children off on the way they should go, even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6) and He loves them even more than we do!

-Laurie Stroud 

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

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Birmingham Christian Family JUNE GIVE-AWAYS!

TO SAY THANK YOU for reading and supporting the businesses and organizations that advertise with us and make spreading Good News possible, we have GREAT GIVEAWAYS to help you enjoy time with family and friends!

Tickets to Alabama Splash Adventure! Enjoy a full day at the park that includes six new attractions. Tickets good through 2018 summer season!

THREE Winners (4 tickets each) & THREE Ways to Win!

1.Sign Up for our E-newsletter at www.birminghamchristian.com

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Offer Ends 6/20/18. Winners Announced 6/21/18 on Facebook and Twitter

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Laurie’s May Blog

Laurie’s May Blog

The WAIT 

Have you ever felt like God has given you a “look forward” at what He has planned for you? You just know it’s coming, but then it doesn’t.

When I was about 10 years old I discovered a book in the Shades Mountain Elementary School Library. I think it was called “Baby Island.” I checked it out numerous times and read it cover to cover. As I remember it, the plot involved two young girls who found themselves castaways on an island, responsible for three sets of toddler twins. That story solidified in my mind this idea that one day I would be responsible for multiple children- a mom blessed with many babies to love and care for. It was a dream I believed God wanted fulfilled for me. I loved babies from the time I could hold one in my lap. My mom said I was the best baby sitter ever. By the time I was ten years old I was big sister to three younger brothers and she needed me to be!

The years passed. I married and expected to be a mom but it didn’t happen. Years of prayers and doctors and no baby. Then at the age of almost 35 God blessed me with a miracle baby. I remember specifically praying to God in gratitude and letting Him know I was ok with being a mom to this one child- better than ok, terrific! I would be forever joyful for this miracle gift He had made possible and entrusted to me. Three months later I found out I was pregnant with twins. Today, “miracle two and three” are preparing to graduate from high school.

Don’t give up on the dreams you believe God has planted in your mind. Wait on the Lord to show up in a miraculous way. The dream may take a different turn than you expect but God will deliver!

-Laurie Stroud 

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

Facebook: Birmingham Christian Family

Twitter @cfpBirmingham

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Birmingham Christian FamilyMAY GIVE-AWAYS!

TO SAY THANK YOU for reading and supporting the businesses and organizations that advertise with us and make spreading Good News possible, we have TWO GREAT GIVEAWAYS to help you enjoy time with family and friends!

Family 4 Pack to Cirque Italia!

See the famous Italian Water Circus perform at the Riverchase Galleria May 3-6, www.cirqueitalia.com.

To enter to win four tickets LIKE Our Facebook Page AND LIKE & SHARE the Cirque post.

Offer Ends Tuesday 5/1/18. Winner Announced on Facebook Wednesday 5/2/18.

Two Tickets to the National Day of Prayer Breakfast with speaker James Spann!

Be our guest Thursday May 10, 8am-10am at the American Village, Montevallo, Ala.

To enter to win Sign Up for our E-newsletter at www.birminghamchristian.com. As an e-news subscriber you will also know about future giveaways first! Offer Ends 5/7/18. Winner Announced on Facebook and Twitter 5/8/18.

 

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Laurie’s Blog

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Where the Party Never Ends

It’s been fifteen years ago, but I’ll never forget the look on my four and half year old’s face as we left his cousin’s birthday party. Tears were silently streaming down his face. What’s wrong? I asked. “I don’t want the party to be over. I don’t want it to end,” he replied.

Isn’t it a joy to know that the party will never end when we reach our final destination? Thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, as Christians we can look forward to a party that exceeds even our wildest dreams. The only tears that may be shed, will be tears of joy to be among the guests at God’s never-ending, heavenly, celebration.

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

-Laurie Stroud 

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

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Birmingham Christian Family APRIL GIVE-AWAY!

TO SAY THANK YOU for reading and supporting the businesses and organizations that advertise with us and make spreading Good News possible, we have a GREAT GIVEAWAY to help you entertain family and friends!

$50 Gift Card to any Birmingham Area Ashley Mac’s! Now 4 Locations to serve you!

To enter to win LIKE Our Facebook Page AND LIKE & SHARE the Ashely Mac’s post.

Offer Ends on Wednesday 4/25/18. Winner Announced on Facebook 4/27/18

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10 Words of Wisdom

“I can’t. You can. And I’m going to let You.”

Many years ago, these ten words became a part of my life and a regular conversation with my Savior.

A mantra of sorts.

At first, I’d grab hold of them only in a moment of perceived crisis- like today when I locked my keys in the car as I rushed to get the mail at the post office- but over time I recognized they were a valuable way to begin each day.

I noticed that when I started my day in this frame of mind my circumstances were still often challenging but I experienced them with a peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7). I was more likely to keep an attitude of gratitude for the ways I saw God at work in my life, and even when I could not see passed my hurt to find some good- I could trust He did. I let go of some of my fear of the future and my eyes were open to miracles in the moment.

What wise words does God have for you?

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

-Laurie Stroud

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

Facebook: Birmingham Christian Family

Twitter @cfpBirmingham

Instagram @cfpbirmingham

Birmingham Christian Family MARCH GIVE-AWAYS!

TO SAY THANK YOU for reading and supporting the businesses and organizations that advertise with us and make spreading Good News possible, we have two GREAT GIVEAWAYS for you this month!

  1. Two Tickets to THE LION KING at the BJCC March 14-April 1!  To enter to win Like Our Facebook Page AND Like & Share the Lion King post. Offer Ends 3/13/18. Winner Announced on Facebook 3/14/18.
  1. Cottontail Express Family 4-Pack, Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum/Calera

To enter to win Sign Up for our E-newsletter at www.birminghamchristian.com.  As an e-news subscriber you will also know about future giveaways first! Offer Ends 3/18. Winner Announced on Facebook and Twitter 3/19/18.

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Community Partners Help Spread Good News!

February 2018 marks the 212th Issue of Birmingham Christian Family, magazine. A part of our mission has always been to provide the magazine every month, free of charge, at easily accessible locations throughout Birmingham. In 2000 that meant hard copies of the magazine at high traffic locations throughout the Birmingham metro. In 2018 that means continued distribution of about 17,000 copies every month PLUS digital copies of each issue and every article by subject matter available on line at www.BirminghamChristian.com . Thanks to advertiser support, we can reach people with the Good News of God at work in our community from wherever they are!

To help us even further increase our ability to reach more people with the hope of Christ, Corporate Community Partners have joined us this year in making an annual commitment to helping us spread Good News in our community. We wish to extend special thanks to White Plume Technologies, DSLD Land Management and Accounting for Profits for their Corporate Community Partnership in 2018. You can learn more about each one of them on the homepage of our website, www.BirminghamChristian.com. If your company is interested in learning more about being a Community Partner, contact me and I’ll be happy to share details, laurie@christianfamilypublications.com, 205-408-7150.

-Laurie Stroud 

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

Facebook: Birmingham Christian Family

Twitter: @cfpBirmingham

Instagram @cfpbirmingham

Birmingham Christian Family FEBRUARY GIVE-AWAYS!

TO SAY THANK YOU for reading and supporting the businesses and organizations that advertise with us and make spreading Good News possible, we have great giveaways for you this month!

Tickets to the Birmingham Home Show at the BJCC February 15-18. THREE Winners (2 tickets each) & THREE Ways to Win!

  1. Sign Up for our E-newsletter at www.birminghamchristian.com
  2. Like Our Facebook Page AND Like & Share the Home Show post
  3. Follow us on Twitter AND Retweet the Home Show post

Offer Ends 2/11/18. Winners Announced 2/12/18 on Facebook and Twitter!

4 Tickets to see Peter Pan performed by the Birmingham Ballet February 24 at Samford Univ.  Simply follow us on Twitter, @CFPBirmingham and retweet post. Offer Ends 2/19/18. Winner Announced on Twitter 2/21/2018!

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What’s Your Word?

What’s Your Word?

Publisher’s Note

Have you ever picked a “word” for the year?

Last year my word was, REST. The word came to me in the form of a note of encouragement from my godmother. She slipped the verse, Psalm 91.1, in with a letter she sent me. I tucked the verse card away in my Bible and kept coming back to it. As I looked ahead at 2017, I thought. “It will be anything but RESTful with two seniors in high school applying to colleges and a business to run.” But I kept hearing that word REST and seeing that verse in multiple places. God seemed to be telling me, “REST in ME!” And every time fear would creep in, I would go back to that verse and REST in God’s promise. As I write this, my sons still wait to see where God will lead them in the next school year, but I REST in knowing God has the best in store.

With the start of 2018, I’m sensing my “word” for the year may be RENEWAL. What’s yours?

God’s Blessings in 2018!

-Laurie Stroud 

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

Facebook: Birmingham Christian Family

Twitter @cfpBirmingham

Instagram @cfpbirmingham

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 

Birmingham Christian Family JANUARY GIVE-AWAYS!

TO SAY THANK YOU for reading and supporting the businesses and organizations that advertise with us and make spreading Good News possible, we have great giveaways for you this month!

  1. Gift Certificate to Metro Diner- $25 Gift Card to Metro Diner, Inverness or Vestavia location!   Simply visit Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily, LIKE/FOLLOW our Facebook page AND Share the Metro Diner give-away post to be entered to win! Offer Ends 1/22/18. Winner Announced on Facebook Wednesday, 1/24/2018!
  2. $50 Gift Card –Complete our Reader Survey for an opportunity to win one of two $50 Gift Cards. Takes just minutes to complete and will help us better serve you in spreading Good News! Complete at www.tinyurl.com/bhamcf Offer Ends 1/31/18.

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Laurie’s December Blog

Laurie’s December Blog

The Reason for the Season

It is such a thrill to see the minds and hearts of young children begin to understand what the birth of Jesus means for them. Which brings me to the tricky part. As parents, we know that our children are not only absorbing the messages of Christmas we share with them about Jesus’ birth but they are also being exposed to the commercial side of the holiday season. A balance is tough, whether you have children or not!

Growing up, my parents used the advent wreath to help us focus on the true meaning of Christmas. During nightly, family devotions in December, one or more candles on the wreath were lit as we celebrated the coming of Jesus. As more candles were lit each week, the closer my brothers and I knew we were to the BIG day! As a parent, I have great memories of sharing this same Christmas tradition as well as an Advent Calendar with my sons and visually emphasizing to them the real meaning of the season. I encourage you to take time this Christmas to continue or establish traditions that allow you to celebrate the reason for the season and share that message with family and friends.

From Birmingham Christian Family to you and your family-

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

-Laurie Stroud 

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

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Birmingham Christian Family DECEMBER GIVE-AWAY!

TO SAY THANK YOU for reading and supporting the businesses and organizations that advertise with us and make spreading Good News possible, we have a great giveaway for you this month!

  1. Family 4-Pack to the Nutcracker performed by the Birmingham Ballet- Four tickets to the December 16 evening performance at the BJCC.  Simply visit Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily, LIKE/FOLLOW our Facebook page AND Share the Nutcracker give-away post to be entered to win! Offer Ends 12/12/17. Winner Announced on Facebook Wednesday, 12/13/2017!
  2. Mixed Case of Cookies from Bud’s Best! 2 Winners! Sign Up for our E-newsletter at www.birminghamchristian.com OR visit Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily, LIKE/FOLLOW our Facebook page AND Share the Bud’s Best Give-Away post to be entered to win! Offer Ends12/19/17. Winners Announced on Facebook Wednesday, 12/20/17!

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WORKING TOGETHER to Deliver Good News!

It takes a lot of work every month for Birmingham Christian Family magazine to make it into your hands. It is the work of a group of people- many who work tirelessly behind the scenes and never see their names in print:

Lyle and Jimmy who each month prepare our files for print at Franklin Web. Chris who has literally walked the dock at the shipping terminal to make sure the magazines left the bindery and were on a truck headed our way. Crystal who has tracked the delivery of many a magazine issue- even through snow- until she knew we had them. Bob who delivers magazines with his grandsons to area churches and businesses in Shelby County. Glynda who takes care of readers in Blount County. Greg and Trent covering Gardendale, Fultondale and more. Mark, Marlys and Benton who have logged thousands of miles delivering Good News all around town. Meghan who ensures you can easily read articles on line and makes sure you know all about our great giveaways. Trae who posts our monthly issues. Kevin who responds to any digital SOS. Wendy whose design skills and flexibility are a treasure. Keith, Kolby, Zared, Alistair, Jacob and the rest of the team at the UPS Store on Valleydale Road who make sure copies are mailed out and much more!

All this work plays a critical role in delivering the Good News of Jesus to you each month.

I am so THANKFUL for the willingness of this team of people who make it all possible.

To God be the glory!

Laurie Stroud

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

Facebook- Birmingham Christian Family

Twitter @cfpBirmingham

Instagram @cfpbirmingham

 

Birmingham Christian Family NOVEMBER GIVE-AWAY!

TO SAY THANK YOU for reading and supporting the businesses and organizations that advertise with us and make spreading Good News possible, we have a great giveaway for you this month!

Family Day Pass to High Point Climbing and Fitness Birmingham

Treat your family to a day at High Point Climbing and Fitness on Highway 280.

Simply visit Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily, LIKE/FOLLOW our Facebook page AND Share the High Point post to be entered to win! Good for up to 4 People/$84 Value!

Offer Ends 11/20/17. Winner Announced on Facebook Wednesday, November 22, 2017!

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Papa Can Fix It

“Pappa” J. Mark Kuehnert with grandsons Benton, Jonathan and Trae. Papa turns 80 October 17, 2017! HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAPA! WE LOVE YOU! Thank you for sharing Jesus with us!

My father has never been afraid of trying to fix anything. And as my mom will attest, most of the time he succeeds. His motto has always been, “Only if I run into a snag, will I call the professionals.” Papa has fixed many things in our home- a leaky faucet, a broken window, a jammed door, and the list goes on. I’ll never forget years ago, when one of the boys riding toys broke under the weight of a four-year-old on a two-year-old toy. I heard the simple reply, “Let’s ask Papa to fix it.” I could not bare to tell him that even Papa was going to find it hard to repair this toy’s broken plastic wheel.

Isn’t it a relief to know that when our lives are broken by the challenges of this world or the poor choices we make we can rely with great certainty on the fact that God can fix it? His love is the only thing that can truly heal our hearts and lives. All we have to do is ask Him.

And what a gift it is to have in our lives parents and grandparents like “Papa” who turn our eyes toward the ultimate fixer- Jesus Christ- who died and rose for us and offers us eternal life with Him!

– Laurie Stroud 

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

Facebook: Birmingham Christian Family

Twitter @cfpBirmingham

Instagram @cfpbirmingham

 

Birmingham Christian Family OCTOBER GIVE-AWAYS

  1. Family 4-Pack to American Village. Four general admission tickets to visit the American Village in Montevallo and see our great American history come alive ($40 Value). Follow us on Instagram for a chance to win! @cfpbirmingham. Winner announced 10/18/17 on Instagram and Facebook.
  2. Two Tickets to Christmas Village. Sign up for our E-newsletter at www.birminghamchristian.com or on our Facebook page, Facebook.com/BirminghamChristian for a chance to win 2 tickets to Christmas Village at the BJCC Nov 2-5. Tell your friends to sign up too and take you with them! Winner announced 10/25/17 on Facebook.

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