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Comment on so ….. you’re pregnant: a guide to telling your childless loved one the news by tracey

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 04:52:14 +0000

Hi Nikki ~ Thank you so much for your comment and thank you for being a momma who cares about your sisters who live on the other side of the motherhood fence. It means so much to me/us. I can guarantee you this: Someone (you) who cares so much about how she delivers her happy news will NOT be a douchebag or a cow about her news! Just as an FYI: I have a new blog dedicated solely to the topic of infertility and childlessness, particularly in a Christian context. It's called Necessary Others and here's the URL if you or your friend would be interested in it: I'm hopeful to try to bridge what I call the "compassion gap" between moms and non-moms which is especially wide in the church, unfortunately. I'm going to send you a private email with this same information. Thanks so much for your obvious compassion and congratulations on your news.

Comment on “softly whispering i love you” ~ the english congregation by Meg O'Brien

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:19:58 +0000

Thank you for writing this. I enjoy your take on it, which I totally agree with! I can't stop listening to the song either. Kudos on connecting it to Jesus Christ Superstar. I don't know if I would have done that even though I know the album well. Keep up the good work

Comment on so ….. you’re pregnant: a guide to telling your childless loved one the news by Nikki

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:07:57 +0000

I know this is an older post, but I googled this subject today and found it---and I'm so glad you wrote this. I have a dear dear lady in my life that I need to share the news with before I announce publicly and the last thing I want to do is hurt her, so I've been praying and seeking wisdom. Your article has been the first one to give me such clarity. Bless you. And thank you for sharing your heart like this. I don't know you, but you have helped me tremendously to avoid being a douche bag and a cow---my greatest fears right now. 1000 times thank you

Comment on godspell, rehearsal by tracey

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 18:41:25 +0000

Jack Bradford, is that you????? Hi, Jesus!!

Comment on godspell, rehearsal by Jack

Wed, 27 May 2015 04:48:47 +0000

Great show. I remember it well.

Comment on “softly whispering i love you” ~ the english congregation by Eddie Clark

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:41:37 +0000

I heard this a few years ago on the radio and was totally gripped from the moment Brian Keith opened his mouth (forgive me, I initially thought he was a black singer with a wonderful voice) then had to search engine him...Spellbinding!

Comment on oh, stuff about mother’s day and the church by Laural Hildebrand

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:39:14 +0000

Tracey, I'm so glad that you are posting again. Your writing touches my heart, especially posts like this one. I also am not a mom, for different reasons than you, when I always wanted to be. I think the church in general has difficulty being encouraging and inclusive to those who are outside the mainstream, traditional path. I agree with you that, again generally, it doesn't know how to mourn with those who mourn (non-moms, singles, and other groups). Instead most of those people just remain silent in the midst of their hurt. Really, why do churches celebrate "hallmark" holidays? Why do they want to celebrate someone other than Jesus? Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for sharing yourself, and welcome back. Laural

Comment on oh, stuff about mother’s day and the church by MamaTod

Sat, 21 Jun 2014 02:04:48 +0000

Tracey, Although my kids are mostly grown and by God's grace, they appear to have "turned out" and thus "validated" my stay-at-home and homeschool mom role, culture as a whole, even Christian culture, does not consider motherhood to be a valuable vocation for an entire lifetime. It is ok to be a mom, but only if you are "taking time off from your career" to raise them "until they go to school". Mother's Day was the one day a year when at least some lip service was given to the importance of being a mom and the applause was nice. Perhaps I was wrong and I certainly don't mean to add salt to the wounds of those who aren't moms, I'm just sharing how it felt to me.It sure felt an awful like "you go girl". This statement, "The only thing that separates a mom from a non-mom is that all the male-female parts worked correctly and in a timely fashion" minimizes all moms who became moms through adoption or are foster moms. They are just as much moms as those who gave birth to their children. I don't think you meant to do that. As for the church honoring various groups, if you think of the church as a family gathering for 1) worship and 2) family memories/bonding/encouragement/fellowship, it makes more sense. We honor graduates, give them a chance to share their future plans, and pray over them as a church every year in June. We honor veterans and pray over the active duty members in November. Those are good things for the church family to do, I think.

Comment on oh, stuff about mother’s day and the church by tracey

Thu, 15 May 2014 05:29:05 +0000

Kate ~ Amen!

Comment on oh, stuff about mother’s day and the church by Katie

Mon, 12 May 2014 20:46:01 +0000

Precisely. I go to church to honor Christ. Not anyone else. If I am asked to "honor" anyone besides Jesus, at any church, I will find a different church. The command to "honor your father and mother" is a command meant for individual households. In the whole history of Christian worship (including its roots and origins in ancient Judaism), there has not been a "day for exaltation of motherhood." In no way is this a "Christian tradition". If your church is "honoring" anyone for any reason other than that person points to Jesus, your church is doing it wrong.