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Learning about God from Non-Christian Lesbian Moms

Learning about God from Non-Christian Lesbian Moms

Mar 23, 2015

At three-and-a-half years old, Maya* is an absolute delight. Wearing polka dot rain boots, she splashes in parking lot puddles, her ringlets bouncing, and a smile of sheer joy spreads across her face. Before the day’s end I am in awe of her thoughtfulness, creativity, logic, and imagination. “Good job!” I tell her almost continuously, sometimes from a place of...

What Do Woodstock & LGBTQ Have in Common?

What Do Woodstock & LGBTQ Have in Common?

Sep 25, 2014

I came upon a child of God, He was walking along the road And I asked him where are you going, And this he told me… “Well maybe it’s just the time of year, Or maybe it’s the time of man I don’t know who I am, But you know life is for learning” – Woodstock, Joni Mitchell It’s been 45 years, but you may remember...

Jesus Blog: Restore the Beauty of Home

Jesus Blog: Restore the Beauty of Home

Aug 14, 2014

  More today from Susan Cottrell’s  “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… Home. A place of welcome, acceptance, rejuvenation. A place to be safe and to be loved, without condition. A beautifully designed space of rest. But beautiful things break down in the using – or the misusing. Families can turn a safe haven into a concentration camp, so those...

The Perks of Truly Loving Your Child

The Perks of Truly Loving Your Child

Aug 1, 2014

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” I love my kids. All five of them. I can’t even put into words how much I love them. I was designed that way. So were you, if you’re a parent. To be on the outs with them would crush me. Many of my LGBTQ readers have parents who have rejected them. Shunned...

Family Relationships: The Fine Line Between Hope & Denial

Family Relationships: The Fine Line Between Hope & Denial

Jun 28, 2014

  After he came out, his mother burned his birth certificate and all his childhood photos in the front yard. She sent him a black funeral wreath that said, “In Memory of My Son.” She never talked to him again. Ever. A son’s honesty with his parents failed to yield the love, compassion and forgiveness they taught him to value. Should you...

Jesus Blog: Your Gay Child Is Amazing!

  More today from Susan Cottrell‘s “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… Dear Moms and Dads… Your child is gay. Do not be afraid; it’s going to be alright. In fact, it will be amazing! Your world feels shaky but I encourage you to relax. It’s not just going to be okay, it will be better than okay. Your child is lesbian, or gay, or bi, or trans, or...

Moms & Dads… What the Heck are We Doing?!?

Moms & Dads…  What the Heck are We Doing?!?

May 23, 2014

  Well, my heart is broken. Yet another mom has emailed me that their daughter came out to them as gay, and her husband, the girl’s father, kicked her out. Dad said, “I don’t agree with her lifestyle; she will have to leave.” (Bear in mind there was no “acting on this” yet, no “lifestyle” – it was simply the daughter revealing her heart.) Mom...

Review: “Mom, I’m Gay” by Susan Cottrell

Review: “Mom, I’m Gay” by Susan Cottrell

May 5, 2014

“Mom, I’m Gay”: Loving Your LGBTQ Child without Sacrificing Your Faith By Susan Cottrell FreedHearts (Sold by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.), 2014 Paperback, 83 Pages Reviewed by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott Susan Cottrell is a mother and an author who knows how to define her topic and her audience and then stick to both of them.  Her topic is how to love and...

Love & Sex Q&A: My In-Law’s Uncontrollable Children

Love & Sex Q&A: My In-Law’s Uncontrollable Children

Mar 29, 2013

QDear L&S Q&A, Five years ago my husband and I adopted our son, he is the light of our lives, he’s an amazingly gifted boy.  Very creative, and academically advanced. But hey, what parent wouldn’t say that?  He has also been bought up with manners and to be polite around adults.  We can take him out to restaurants and in public, and he is always...

In LGBTQ vs Straight Parenting, Gay Families Win

In LGBTQ vs Straight Parenting, Gay Families Win

Jan 16, 2013

George Bernard Shaw once described straight parenting as having “no test of fitness.”  LGBTQ parents are beyond  the “test.”  In recent scrutiny by representatives of the Catholic Church and a group of authors speaking at the Heritage Foundation, LGBTQ parents received a raking which was entirely unfounded, ridiculous, untrue and frankly, bizarre.  At best, it...