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

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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

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Twitter @cfpBirmingham

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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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Perspective

I was given a gift two summers ago, that will last me a life time. It came in the package of perspective.

My oldest son and I spent a week at JH Ranch in northern California. On the ranch, high up on the side of a mountain, sat a white cross. From the valley, it appeared to be a tiny spec, but after a long hike up the mountainside, the cross loomed over me larger than life. As I stood right next to it, the view of the valley was glorious!

The cross didn’t change. My perspective did.

How comforting to know that our Jesus, who died on a cross to save us from our sins, never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. And guess what? The closer I am to Him, the better my perspective on life.

I encourage you to spend time with God this fall. His Word offers us His perspective and HIs peace that passes all understanding. For whether we are down in a valley or up on a mountain, the saving grace of Jesus Christ never changes.

Laurie Stroud 

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

Facebook: Birmingham Christian Family

Twitter @cfpBirmingham

TO SAY THANK YOU for reading and supporting the businesses that advertise with us and make spreading good News possible each month we have several great giveaways to share with you during the month of September.

2 Ways to Win 2 tickets to the Southern Women’s Show October 5-8! 

  1. Sign up for our E-Newsletter at www.birminghamchristian.com or on our Facebook page, Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily. Winner announced 9/13/17.
  2. Like & Follow Us on Facebook and Share the Show Post! Winner announced 9/27/17.

2 Delicious Meals at the 45th Annual Birmingham Greek Food Festival Sept 21-23.

Be entered to win two meal tickets by Liking and Following us on Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily and Sharing our Greek Festival post. Winner announced 9/15/17.

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Best Dressed

My memories of the first day of school include wanting to always wear something new and feeling a bit anxious about how the school year would go. Admittedly I wanted to look good when I walked through those doors. I wanted to be accepted, liked, and included. Looking at old pictures that my mom insisted on taking every year as we dashed out the door for that first school day, I’m not sure I can say I was a “woman of style” but the effort was there!

As I send my three sons off to school this year – two seniors in high school and one a sophomore in college- I cling to God’s promise that He has clothed them in His “garments of salvation and wrapped in a robe of righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:10, Holman Standard) He is with them wherever they go. I want them to remember that their worth does not lie in how they look or even in the accomplishments they achieve by God’s power, their worth is in Him. As God’s children, we are always the “best dressed” people in the room. We are radiant in His robe of righteousness! What a glorious gift we have and need to tell the world about!

Laurie Stroud 

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

Birmingham Christian Family

@cfpBirmingham

To say thank you for reading and supporting the businesses and organizations that advertise with us and make spreading Good News through Birmingham Christian Family magazine possible each month, we have several great giveaways to share with you this month.

  • A $50 Gift Card from the Trak Shak in Homewood and on Hwy 280/Inverness- offering great Back to School gear including athletic wear and shoes. Visit Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily, Like AND Follow our Facebook page AND Share the Trak Shak post to be entered to win. Winner announced on Facebook Wednesday August 30, 2017!
  • Four general admission tickets to Alabama Splash Adventure– a great way for you, family and friends to enjoy one of the last days of summer! To enter, simply Like and Follow our Facebook Page, Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily AND Share the Alabama Splash Adventure Family 4-Pack post. Winner Announced on Facebook Wednesday August 16, 2017.

If you already Like & Follow Us, simply Like and Share the Posts.

Thanks again for reading and giving us the privilege of sharing God’s Good News every month!

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17 Years & 205 Issues of GOOD NEWS!

Looking back over the 17 years since the first issue of Birmingham Christian Family magazine was published, I am reminded of the many, many ways God has guided and grown His ministry of Good News. The magazine was established as a resource for families and over the years we have grown as a “family” of magazines as well. As we thank God for allowing us to enter our 18th year of Good News in Birmingham, we also celebrate 12 years in Anniston/Gadsden, 8 years in South Alabama/Bay Area and 7 years in Nashville, Tenn. Behind the scenes in each of these markets is a publisher who works week in and week out to give their community Good News and help local businesses and organizations grow. The longevity of each of their publications is evidence of their sacrificial love for the communities they serve. It is also evidence of how our Christian Family readers and advertisers rally around and support the Christian Family mission of bringing Good News to the communities we serve. Thank you for allowing us to do what we do to the glory of God.

To celebrate this milestone, we have some great family giveaways we want to share with you this month:

  • A pair of tickets to see comedian Tim Hawkins live at the BJCC on July 14. Visit Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily, Like our page and Share the Hawkins’ post to be entered to win. Winner announced on Facebook July 10, 2017!
  • Four general admission tickets to Alabama Splash Adventure. To enter, simply Like and Follow our Facebook Page, Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily and Share the Alabama Splash Adventure Family 4-Pack post. Offer Ends July 18, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, thank you for reading and giving us the privilege of sharing God’s Good News every month!

-Laurie Stroud 

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

 

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Meet Our Family

Meet Our Family

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Looking back over the 17 years since the first issue of Birmingham Christian Family magazine was published, I am reminded of the many, many ways God has guided and grown His ministry of Good News. The magazine was established as a resource for families and over the years we have grown as a “family” of magazines as well. As we thank God for allowing us to enter into our 18th year of Good News in Birmingham, we also celebrate 12 years in Anniston/Gadsden, 8 years in South Alabama/Bay Area and 7 years in Nashville, Tenn. Behind the scenes in each of these markets is a publisher who works week in and week out to give their community Good News and help local businesses and organizations grow. The longevity of each of their publications is evidence of their sacrificial love for the communities they serve. It is also evidence of how our Christian Family readers and advertisers rally around and support the Christian Family mission of bringing Good News to the communities we serve. Thank you for allowing us to do what we do to the glory of God.

Would you take just a couple minutes of your time this month to tell us how we can best continue to deliver Good News to you and our Birmingham metro area community?

Take our online reader survey: it’s quick, only five questions.

Just go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/9MCT3NB

Also, to say thank you, if you choose to share your email address with us we will enter you for an opportunity to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

THANK YOU for reading and giving us the privilege of sharing God’s Good News every month!

Meet Our Family! Melissa McElroy/Bay Area Christian Family publisher, Jaime Hill/Anniston/Gadsden Christian Family publisher, Laurie Stroud/Birmingham Christian Family publisher/CFP President, Robert Stringfellow/Nashville Christian Family publisher

-Laurie Stroud

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

 

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We Want to Hear from You! and say THANK YOU!

It was July 2000 when we published the first issue of Birmingham Christian Family (BCF) magazine. When that first issue arrived, my sons were ages 2, 1, and 1 and we were all traveling around town together delivering that first issue of Good News! It was an exciting time to say the least!

Now nearly 17 years later, we continue to distribute free copies of the magazine all around town but we are also able to reach our community with Good News on line at www.birminghamchristian.com.  Over the years we have updated the look and format of the magazine but our mission has not changed.

We continue to exist to reach people with the Good News of Jesus Christ and help businesses grow through advertising. I hope you will take just a few minutes of your time this month to tell us how we can best continue to deliver Good News to you and our community! Take our online reader survey: it’s quick, only five questions.

Just go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/9MCT3NB

Also, to say thank you, if you choose to share your email address with us we will enter you for an opportunity to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

THANK YOU for reading and giving us the privilege of sharing God’s Good News every month!

-Laurie Stroud

Founder, Christian Family Publications

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Twitter @CFPBirmingham

205-408-7150

“Look to the Lord & His Strength, Seek His face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11 (Holman Standard)

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Watch this Mommy!

When I recently looked at old photos of our boys learning to swim, it gently reminded me of the trust God asks us to place in Him for our security and well being and the rewards that will follow when such a relationship exists. Jumping off the wall into the arms of a teacher is tough- especially the first few times! (Tough on the kid… tough on the parent) However, with time, the level of trust builds, the confidence begins to emerge, the anxiety disappears and a smile replaces tears of fear. “Hey, this is great!” is written all over that happy face.


So many times, God requires us to reach out, to trust Him and jump into the plans He has for us. It is so easy to want to run the other way and hide in our fear of what may lie ahead. But think about it. How many times, when you have trusted God to lead you through the unknown challenges that lay ahead, did you not emerge with a new level of confidence, an inner peace, even a thrill of excitement? You just want to exclaim to anyone who will listen, “Hey, this is great!”

Try it! Jump into the arms of God and enjoy a life worth living.

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

-Laurie Stroud

Founder, Christian Family Publications

Laurie@ChristianFamilyPublications.com

“Look t the Lord &His Strength, Seek His face always.”

1 Chronicles 16:11

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