Posts by Natasha Crain

Heart-Led Versus Head-Led Christians

 “…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind…” (Luke 10:27) As Christians, we believe we are saved through our faith in Jesus. For many people, the word faith is synonymous with matters of the heart, but the Bible is clear that faith involves the conviction of both our hearts AND minds. Some people need significant intellectual conviction as part of faith (“head-led” Christians) and others need very little (“heart-led” Read More…

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Handling Bible Questions You Can’t Answer

Last week, during my Bible time with the kids, we turned to a story they hadn’t heard before – the passage from John 9 of Jesus healing the man born blind.   “…and then Jesus put mud on the man’s eyes and he was no longer blind! Jesus had made the man well.”   My 3-year-old twins, Kenna and Nathan, started laughing hysterically. “He didn’t put mud on his eyes!” They started running around the room cracking up at what they thought was mommy’s joke.   At Read More…

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Serving Others During the Holidays . . . And Beyond?

Happy Thanksgiving!   Today starts the season when hundreds of thousands of people will volunteer more than usual to help make the holidays special for the less fortunate.  It’s an amazing time of year to see so many people coming together to feed the homeless, throw Christmas parties for underprivileged kids, visit the elderly and donate to “gift trees”. At the same time, Thanksgiving and Christmas can be bittersweet for organizations who try to mobilize volunteers (and money) Read More…

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Fruits of the Spirit: Grading Yourself as a Christian

Fruits of the Spirit

As parents, we intuitively know our actions are even more important than our words for teaching our kids about Christianity. But what exactly should our lives look like?   We have been given a very specific answer to that question in Galatians 5:22-23 – the well-known verses on the Fruits of the Spirit.   “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…”   For my whole life until Read More…

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How Comfortable Are You REALLY With Prayer?

If your family didn’t regularly pray together (out loud) when you were growing up, your idea of what prayer is and what it should sound like probably came from the prayers you heard in church.  Stop a minute and think about the implications of that.  Such was the case for me, and I’ve found that it has significantly impacted my prayer life to this day.   Growing up, the only prayers we said together were at holiday meals (and we were a Christian family!). Based on what I experienced Read More…

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You are a hypocrite.

So am I. Now that I have your attention, let me soften the blow. (But just a little.) By virtue of the fact that, as Christians, we are imperfect humans teaching our kids a perfect truth, our actions simply will never match our words. Our lives are, unfortunately, filled with hypocrisy. There is a second definition used by some dictionaries which relates to intentional deception. For purposes of this discussion, we are talking about the first definition of hypocrisy – saying one thing Read More…

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Is Your Parenting Philosophy An Idol?

Before we had kids, I read every major parenting book. I had stacks of books that I tore through, seeking to find the “best” method of parenting. To my disappointment, there was no universal agreement on what “best” meant. For some authors, if you placed a baby under 1 on any kind of schedule, you were certain to scar the child for life for not meeting his/her every need. For other authors, if you chose to co-sleep you were certain to raise a needy, dependent child incapable of developing a sense Read More…

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Welcome to the Christian Mom Thoughts blog!

Family Picture - October 2011

Thank you for taking the time to check out this new blog!  I am honored you are here.   I know you are busy and get bombarded with sites to visit, articles to read and emails to receive. I don’t want Christian Mom Thoughts to become more clutter in your life. But, if I may be so bold, I will say this:  For a Christian parent, there are not many topics more important in life than the one this blog addresses . . .   How do you raise your kids to be Christ-followers in a home Read More…

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