RANDALL HOUSE ANNOUNCES TWO NEW BOOK RELEASES FOR PARENTS, PASTORS, IN THE SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN;
Both Impress Faith On Your Kids by Mark Holmen and The Legacy Path: Discover Intentional Spiritual Parenting by Brian Haynes Help To Build Children’s Faith To Last A Lifetime;
Both Authors Set To Appear At Upcoming D6 Conference In Dallas, Sept. 21-23
My name is Rebekah Chamberlin and I’m currently 22 weeks pregnant with a healthy little baby. This will be my and my husband’s first child, Lord willing. While we’re elated and really starting to get excited, we still remember to thank God every day for our little miracle. I would love for my first blog to be bubbly and happy and filled with all the wonderful things that pregnancy brings! Eventually I will get to that one, but I first wanted to share with you a little bit of background and explain why it’s so important for me to begin my day by thanking God for what He’s given me.
Truth be told, this is not my first pregnancy. It’s a shame that in this day and age, many couples still feel they have to suffer in silence through the pain of infertility or losing a child in the womb. At the ripe old age of 24, you don’t really stop to give your fertility much thought. My husband and I were excited to start our family together, and in April of 2010, we set out to do just that. An agonizing 5 months later, I came running into our room to wake up my husband crying joyfully that we were going to be parents. The first thing I did was run to my iPod and started playing the lullaby album Blink by Plumb (one of my personal favorites!). Even though I almost immediately started getting very bad “morning” sickness (um… right, people, try all-day sickness!), nothing could dampen my spirits! I was going to be pregnant through the fall and winter and give birth in June. How perfectly God had worked everything out for me, and just the way I wanted!
For my first doctor appointment, I had to wait to go in until I was over eight weeks pregnant. My husband was so excited to hear the heartbeat and see the baby on the sonogram that he took time off work that day to come with me. We were beaming as we got called in to the exam room and met with the doctor. As they put the probe on my stomach, we could see the little tiny baby; it was a wonderful! After a short while, though, the doctor started frowning a bit and really moving the probe back and forth. I started to get a bit nervous. But I knew that God gave me this baby, so everything was going to turn out fine.
After the doctor had to do another more detailed type of sonogram, he turned to us and said, “There’s no heartbeat, I’m really sorry.” For being a medical professional, I sure acted very naïve, “So what does that mean, doctor?” I didn’t understand at first. I was so sure something was going to happen; they would decide to take another look and there would be a heartbeat. or maybe I’d wait a few weeks and come back again to see if it had started. The rest of what was said is a bit of a blur after that. I remember the doctor saying that there should be a heartbeat by now and something must have gone wrong. My options were to wait and see if I eventually had a natural miscarriage or they could do minor surgery to take care of everything. He advised us to go home and think about everything and call after the weekend. I had tears slowly dripping down my face as we left the office. We got in the car and my husband just held me in silence. We started driving home and I asked him if we could go to visit friends of ours instead. He called them and briefly explained the situation and they lovingly and graciously accepted us into their home. Having gone through a similar situation themselves, it was an immense blessing to be able to talk with them. They cried with us and were able to comfort us like few people could have.
We went home and I started doing a lot of research and we decided to have the surgery. I called the doctors office the next day and they were so kind on the phone and said they would squeeze me in on Monday. It was a long, painful weekend as we had to share with our families and close friends that we had lost the baby. A few people offered comforting remarks, but some of them were unintentionally more painful then helpful. I was convicted by people’s responses. How many times had I been unknowingly insensitive or just “didn’t know what to say so I said nothing?”
We made it through the weekend, and on the day of our second wedding anniversary, spent the day at the hospital. God was good to us; everything went as expected, my body healed well and all the staff had been so nice to us. It was a long week after that, trying to keep it together at work and then crying for hours at night. I knew that God was in control and that He loved me and had a purpose in the situation, but I still cried out to Him with violent sobs asking Him why He took my little baby.
Of course, I won’t have an answer until I get to Heaven, but for now, God has been working powerfully in my heart and drawing me into His loving arms and teaching me to let go of those things that I hold dear in this life and cling to Him. He is the source of my joy and contentment, no matter the situation. He’s teaching me to truly, genuinely love the unlovely and those struggling with deep hurts. He allowed the situation to draw my husband and I much closer together then I thought possible. The pain is still there and it may always be, but God is slowly healing my heart and shaping it into what He would have it be.
This is why I begin every day thanking God for what He’s given us, every day with this new life is truly a precious miracle to me.
Now that our little guy is over nine and a half months old, it seems some of my initial shock is wearing off. Sure, it’s still a big life change to be lugging around a mini-human (and diaper bags), dealing with fussy fits (although, thankfully, those have lessened), and not really getting much alone time with the little misses, but I’m finally able to find more enjoyment in the munchkin with each passing day.
Granted, nothing makes him smile quite like VeggieTales on the tube or seeing his mommy’s big bright eyes, but it does warm the heart to receive an ear-to-ear grin from the fellow just when I enter the room.
As he’s gotten more mobile on his own, we’re seeing just how challenging it can be to have the little crawler on the loose. We really have to keep and eye on him! Honestly, it isn’t quite as bad as I thought it could be, but we still find ourselves sounding ridiculous as we try to convince him to not touch things like shiny, colorful DVD case bindings and or wires coming from laptops and lamps.
*Will makes a b-line for the lamp cord and clasps his fingers around it*
“Nooooooo. Will! Noooooooooooo”
*He turns his head, still holding the cord, and looks at me*
*I shake my head and wave a finger back and forth* “No, Will. Let go of the cord.”
In some instances, he lets go. Other times, I need to pull his hand away.
“Good boy, Will!” and he goes about his crawly business elsewhere.
But that cord is so alluring… it twists, it turns, it’s got a ribbed texture. It’s black. None of my other toys are black, he must think.
Will turns around and crawls toward the cord. He turns and looks at me with this expressionless glance… and then reaches for the cord.
“Nooooooooooooooo. Nooooooo, Will.”
He turns back around and crawls away. How extraordinary if we actually have a listener on our hands! I suppose it’s too early to tell. But it’s neat nonetheless to see him start to respond well to our leadings!
NEW FROM FAMILYLIFE: A BOOK ON
MEN’S VITAL NEED FOR ‘STEPPING UP’
Dennis Rainey Issues a ‘Call to Courageous Manhood’
NEWS SOURCE: Lovell Fairchild
– New book from award-winning author and FamilyLife co-founder Dennis Rainey
– Innovative “life stages” approach
– Available as e-book, a FamilyLife first
– On sale now
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – June 14, 2011 – In his new book, Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood, Dennis Rainey, FamilyLife co-founder and president, shows men of all ages how they can answer life’s inevitable challenges. Stepping Up is available now from FamilyLife Publishing and, for the first time from FamilyLIfe, in e-book format. Learn more at FamilyLife.com/SteppingUp.
“All men face decisions that require courage,” says Dennis. “One courageous choice leads to another, and today’s bravery builds tomorrow’s integrity.”
More than 10 years in the making, Stepping Up draws on Dennis’ years as an award-winning author and broadcaster; his decades-long involvement with FamilyLife’s vital marriage ministry; biblical insight; and inspiring stories of real-life heroic choices. Every man’s life has five stages, Dennis says, and he outlines how men can face them boldly:
– Boyhood: An age when tomorrow’s men explore and discover, often by watching the men around them.
– Adolescence: A time of testing limits when growing young men need to see manly courage modeled in how men treat women, each other, and themselves.
– Manhood: An age to step up to life, a continuing test of integrity; the courageous man rises to his challenges, choice by choice.
– Mentor: An age of impact and the payoff for living courageously, when men may invest in other men.
– Patriarch: A time for leaving a legacy built of brave choices through a courageous life.
Timely and essential, Stepping Up helps men journey beyond heredity and
upbringing to the lives that God wants for them and society needs from them. The pages echo Dennis’s trademark call to life: “The heredity you were handed is not as important as the legacy you will leave.”
– Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood is available now in hardback and e-book formats.
‘RITE OF PASSAGE’:
WHEN DOES ADULTHOOD BEGIN?
“If I could live my life as a parent again, I would read this book first.”
New York Times bestselling author
The Traveler’s Gift
– Society’s need to revive formal rites of passage
– The national trend for young adults—“adult-olescents”—to grow older without growing up
– A family’s Rite of Passage can be personally tailored to each child
NEWS SOURCE: Lovell/Fairchild Communications
CHICAGO – June 9, 2011 – When does a boy become a man and a girl a woman? First car? First sexual experience? Joining the military? Most Americans can’t say. And into a fuzzy culture rife with “adult-olescents”—20- and 30-somethings stranded in adolescence—comes Rite of Passage: A Father’s Blessing, a book by Jim McBride, a parent’s resource on the why and how-to of a ceremony to help today’s teens be tomorrow’s adults.
“Moms, dads, and certain other adults hold keys to a young person’s future,” McBride says. “That influence is a privilege, and using it well takes thought.” McBride also is executive producer of Sherwood Pictures’ COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF, FACING THE GIANTS, and FLYWHEEL, and executive pastor of Sherwood Church.
In his book, McBride surveys cultures across the centuries and the globe to ask what societies can both pass on and call for in the next generation. From there, he shows how Christian parents can create rites to hand children longstanding values such as faith, hope, love, purity, and integrity. Sharing the rites he designed for his two sons and two daughters, McBride’s readers learn how to develop their own ceremonies steeped in biblical principles.
The goal, McBride says, is a new generation of young adults unambiguous about their identity and values, their direction, and who can help guide their life paths. “All the resources a parent needs are in their reach,” he says. “It’s time to understand why rites matter, what’s worth passing along, and how to do it.”
Christian leaders salute the Rite of Passage: A Father’s Blessing, calling it “biblical (and) practical,” citing principles that can “help adolescents successfully transition into the kind of Christian adults that glorify the Lord,” and saying Rite of Passage is “a must for every parent and grandparent.”
For a new look at an age-old tradition long overdue in modern culture: Rite of Passage.
About Jim McBride
As executive pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., Jim McBride oversees operations, church staff, finances, and men’s ministry. He is an executive producer of Sherwood Pictures films, including COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF, FACING THE GIANTS, and FLYWHEEL. Jim worked for Coca-Cola for15 years and served in the U. S. Marine Corps for six years. He and his wife, Sheila, have been married 28 years and have four children, Victoria, Buddy, Tommy, and Sarah.
To learn more:
Rite of Passage MoodyPublishers.com
Over twenty years ago, when my husband and I moved into the home we are in now, my sons were 12 and 9 years of age. There were many young children in this neighborhood at the time, and my boys were eager to make new friends. At first, my husband and I were delighted to see our kids forming new attachments, but then we began noticing the negative behavior of many of our neighbors’ sons and daughters. Eventually, Joe and I had to forbid our boys to associate with the neighborhood kids.
What happened next only confirmed our suspicions. The kids that were not allowed to be friends with my children began attacking our house and property. They did so much damage that we had to get the police and our insurance company involved, and we eventually had to have all new siding put on our entire house. As the years passed, our sons were sometimes attacked verbally, and even physically, by the neighborhood children. And my husband and I did our best to protect them, along with God’s guidance and help.
As I look back, I have to admit that if I had to do it all over again, I would still make the difficult decision to forbid my children to hang out with the neighborhood gang. Even with all of the persecution and grief we endured from those who lived among us, I know in my heart that I did the right thing. The Bible says, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.'” (1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV) No matter how we try to convince ourselves otherwise, we are affected by those we spend time with. I know that my children would not be the godly, well-adjusted, and successful young men that they are today, if I had not kept a close watch on their companionships.
If you are a parent, the Lord holds you responsible for protecting your children from toxic relationships. Even if your children are adults, you have a responsibility to give them good, sound counsel in this area, and to pray for them to make wise choices. Scripture says, “Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” (2 Timothy 2:22 NLT) Pray this verse for your children regularly, and trust God to work in their lives and hearts as you cooperate with His good plans for them!
Author Darlene Brock Opens Up to FoxNews.com LIVE About Latest Book
Help Wanted: Moms Raising Daughters
(Nashville, Tenn) May, 2011–With Mother’s Day just around the corner Darlene Brock, mother of two and new author, opened up to foxnews.com LIVE about her latest book Help Wanted: Moms Raising Daughters. The live interview took place May 2 at 2pm EST as a part of Fox’s Live Entertainment Hour. To view it on the web, click here!
Published in association with OakTara, Help Wanted is flavored with honesty, humor, compelling stories and creative solutions. It navigates the various jobs moms must accomplish in the dynamic, yet often challenging mother-daughter relationship to make the maximum difference in their girl’s life.
Darlene and husband Dan R. Brock are legends in the music industry. Co-founders of Forefront Records, home of GRAMMY ® Award winning artist TobyMac, the power couple have recently launched The Grit & Grace Project. A company that is dedicated to helping women reach their full potential, merging two of the primary strengths innate to women, Grit and Grace, calling upon those strengths to find purpose as individuals, wives and mothers.
Darlene Brock is a motivated self-starter who, while raising her two daughters, found time to produce award-winning music videos, manage recording artists, promote concerts throughout the US and serve as the Chief Operating Officer of a record label. Yet, when reviewing her varied accomplishments and successful career, she proclaims her most important and fulfilling job is being a mom.
Recently, we ventured into dangerous, uncharted waters in our early parenthood months by experimenting with taking our darling baby boy to places where parents probably shouldn’t take a 7 and a half month old baby (right?).
The first of such events was on May 7th. My wife and I really wanted to see a particular concert, and after seeing Will’s enthusiastic reaction to some of the band-in-question’s music while sitting on my lap as it was playing at my desk, we decided it might be fun to see how the little guy would react at a show. With that, I contacted a friend of ours who is close to the band for some advice on whether or not taking the baby would be wise. We then placed an order for baby ear protection and made plans to take him with us.
Needless to say, a rock concert is a really loud environment for anybody, let alone an infant. What we didn’t expect, when strapping Will into a baby carrier on Amy, was that the music and intense bass would be just enough to lull the little beastie to sleep. Sure enough, Will slept through almost the entire concert. After a pre-show acoustic set and a mediocre opening band, Will woke up sometime around the second act – a lame acoustic pop duo. It wasn’t long before he fell asleep again… and ended up staying asleep long before the main event we all came to see. When he finally awoke again, it was for the encore set and it was fun to watch Will’s wide-eyed amazement. The concert trip ended up being quite a success… as long as you don’t count his wet diaper leaking through the baby carrier and into Amy’s shirt being a downside to the whole experience. 😉
Just a couple days later, we decided to try to take Will to the movies. Granted, I’ve always hated to find babies or little kids in a movie theater (for movies that kids have no business seeing especially… like The Mummy. There was a baby crying through most of the movie when I saw it in 1999… You don’t take your very aware baby to a PG-13 horror film, people!! What are you thinking??). Anyway, we gambled on the fact that Will slept in the carrier at the show, so hopefully he could sleep during a superhero film… like Thor. Thankfully, only about six other people were at the same showing in the audience and Will only fussed slightly at the beginning of the movie. Amy had to stand a few times to sort of sway him to sleep in the carrier, and she eventually was able to sit down for the rest of the movie. It was a mostly successful test, but something I don’t think we’ll do very often… especially considering others around us at the movies…
Next up for this adventurous trio? Another concert tomorrow… this time in a church. Should be a bit more baby friendly than our first experience… in a club. 🙂
My husband, Joe, has a long-time friend who has been running away from God all of his life. Several years ago, the Lord led me to begin praying for this man and his family on a regular basis. I stood on God’s promise which says: “He will even deliver the one [for whom you intercede] who is not innocent; yes, he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.” (Job 22:30 AMP)
Well, my husband’s friend didn’t turn his life over to Christ after I prayed, but his son did. Not only did this son get saved, but he married a Christlike believer who encouraged his devotion to the Lord. They have three children now–grandchildren of my husband’s friend–and God is using these little ones, and their godly parents, to draw this man to Him. Now they can claim God’s promise in Acts 16:31 (NASB), which says: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And I believe with all my heart that it’s only a matter of time before Joe’s friend surrenders his life to the Lord.
If you have people you care about who are unsaved, pray faithfully for them. Even if they look like a hopeless case, rest assured that the Lord has a way of reaching them, perhaps even through their own loved ones. Let this encouraging promise from the Scriptures fill you with a fresh sense of hope today–“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” (James 5:16 AMP)