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Welcome to The Christian Perspective where we look in God's word in order to develop a Christian worldview in modern culture. I'm excited because today's guest is a superstar mom. About a month ago I was invited to speak in an event called a Mom Rise Summit and it was outside of Charlotte, North Carolina and that's where I met the national vice president of an organization called Moms for America. Her name's Julene Jackson and y'all are gonna love Julene. She's a mom to seven children. She's the wife of a former Utah State Senator so she knows what it's like to be engaged in culture and in the political arena. She is the mother of an NBA superstar and you'll have to maybe learn more about her son and what he's doing and she is the vice president of the organization we're going to talk about today and it's called Moms for America. She's also a certified instructor for the Thomas Jefferson Center and she oversees the Moms for America cottage meetings. What I love about Julene is not only does she love the Lord and she's a mom that's really dedicated to her family and a woman dedicated to her husband but she knows about the formation of our country, the founding documents of this nation and how important it is for us to understand that we were formed really as a Christian nation and God gave us documents that are really unique around the world.
There's no other country that has a constitution like ours and she shares this knowledge with mothers all over the country every single week. Julene Jackson, welcome to The Christian Perspective. Wow, Chris, thank you so much. What a treat and honor to be on your show today. Thank you for having me.
Well, I'm excited that you're here. I was honored that you had me as a guest at your Mom Rise Summit to speak outside of Charlotte and just loved you from the time Vicki and my wife was with me there and Vicki and I both loved you and were so impressed with what you're doing and what you had to say. And as you know, my organization that I work with is called Citizens for America. And then when I saw that your organization is Moms for America, I thought, wow, this is what I call a divine appointment where God gave me the opportunity to meet somebody who shares the same vision and passion that I do to engage Christians in the culture for Jesus Christ and to understand the true Christian heritage of our nation.
And you're doing some incredible things. So tell our audience, I know we're going to talk specifically about cottage meetings in a minute, but before we get into that, what is Moms for America? Well, thanks so much for giving me an opportunity to share about an organization that I love. Moms for America is, it represents moms around the country who want to learn those principles of liberty and freedom. And they're worried about the future of their children and grandchildren. The whole premise of Moms for America is liberty begins at home when mother and grandmother understands the miracles and the stories of America, which she references the founding fathers and the constitution. So will her posterity.
So will her children and grandchildren. And it's just a beautiful way to teach mother these things. Sometimes mamas feel like they're not qualified to teach American history or the constitution. They think they don't think that, you know, they're, they're not historians or legal scholars and you don't need to be, I always tell mama, you will be the greatest teacher your children will ever have.
You are the most qualified to teach them the things that they need to know to best prepare them as they go out in the world to do good. And so really the whole premise is liberty begins at home and we help shore up mama how they can teach these, these truths to their children. You know, Julian, that what you're saying is so important for parents to hear, not just moms, but dads to God gave our children to us. And too many times we have given over the training of our children to government or to public schools or whatever it may be, but it's time for moms and dads to realize that we have the responsibility to teach our children what is right and the true history of our nation. And I think over the past year and a half with all that's going on in COVID, a lot of moms have seen a curriculum in the schools that they don't agree with. And they're realizing that parents really do need to step up.
And sometimes I think it's scary to parents when they think, well, you know, I don't, you know, I'm not qualified to teach, I don't know this or that. And that's where organizations like yours come into place, because you've put together some great materials and great curriculum that is very easy to understand. And then moms are able to take that information and share it with their children to teach them what it means to have liberty and to be free. So you're, you're a national organization, what is what is the website for Moms for America? It's momsforamerica.us. That's great.
I love I love the US. Did y'all pick that on purpose? That's great.
That makes it easier. I've been to your website. It's a great website and, and moms so no matter where you are in the country, check them out. They've got chapters and cottage groups all across the country. And if there's not one in your area, Jolene is going to tell you in a minute how you can start one because they want to start even more. They have great events. Like I said, I spoke at something called a mom rise summit. And I know there's plans to have more of those in the coming year and just they bring in world class speakers and you learn so much information.
Moms for America is a great organization. But Jolene, I know that your passion within Moms for America is something called the cottage meeting. What is the cottage meeting?
Yes, good question. So cottage meeting. It's really like a Bible study, but it's for liberty.
We discuss principles of liberty. It's it's discussion groups, study groups, women coming together in homes, you can meet in parks and churches. Typically, mothers will meet in homes four or five, six women in the neighborhood or in school or in the church community.
It can be 10 that sometimes they're as large as 20. I think the ideal group is around 10. So you can have good discussion. We have what is called the cottage meeting resource guide with with 12 introductory lessons.
And we just take you right through it. We give you the quotes, the stories for you to teach and lead a discussion of women coming together and you learn from each other, you share experiences, you teach one another. We always pray before the cottage meetings I belong to and the Spirit of God is always there when you have mothers coming together, petitioning the heavens to help them learn the things that they need to know so they can go home and shore up their family.
You better believe God does not ignore that kind of prayer from a mother. And so we meet once a you can meet once a week, you can meet once a month, whatever the needs are of the women in your community that want to have this little study group. And it's transformative. I have attended or taught cottage meetings for the last 13 years. And I can tell you firsthand the transformative impact it had on me personally as a woman. It changed my marriage. It changed the way me and my husband taught our children. Because the things that I learned in the cottage meeting with the other mamas, inevitably I came home and began to teach them to my children and husband in a little morning devotional that we had had for years, something I had seen my mama do when I was young. She'd gather us together in the morning, she'd read a little Bible verse, we'd sing a song, we'd kneel down and pray and then she'd get us off to school. So that's what I had been doing in my home with my children. And I began to weave in these stories of America into our little family devotional. And I've done that for years. And the impact that it has had, my husband would go on to run for the state senate, because of the things that he was touched by God pricked his heart is, you know, I was teaching these principles of liberty to my family, him and my children have gone on to do some really brave and heroic things out in the world and continue to so I have seen firsthand, the impact of teaching your children, these principles, and how it impacts home and spilled out into your neighborhood, community and even the nation.
You know, Julian, that's so important. And the Bible tells us that it tells us if you train up a child, the way she go, when he's old, he will not depart from it. And too many times, we're not doing that we, we let the television or now it's video games or the cell phone, become a babysitter in.
And if we just take a few minutes, you know, 30 minutes an hour every day, to teach these principles to our children, it'll make a real difference. So the cottage meeting, it sounds like is a gathering, like one, let's say, one mama in a community decides she wants to do this. And then she invites some of her friends and neighbors over to, you know, have coffee or whatever doesn't have to be a full meal. What does a meeting look like? Or are they? You said they pray and so forth.
But is there a curriculum that you were providing? And how does the leader of that group get trained? Are they watching videos from the website? What exactly happens? And if I wanted to be a leader of a cottage meeting, how do I know what to say and do?
Oh, good question. We've made it so easy for the mothers. We have a cottage meeting resource guide, and it provides 12 lessons. But we also have recorded all of the lessons I went into a professional studio. And I recorded all these lessons.
So if mamas are, you know, feeling like they need a little help initially, you can invite your women into your home, you can push play, I will teach the lesson for you, it's about a half an hour to 35 minutes. And I ask questions throughout the lesson. And then at the end, I review the questions again, you turn off the video, and then you just would facilitate the discussion questions and have a robust conversation. And, you know, share and teach and, you know, lean on each other for inspiration and help.
And and so that is one way of doing cottage meeting. You can also teach it on your own. I always tell mamas, after you watch a couple of my lessons, you might realize, wait a minute, I can teach this lesson, I got this, I don't need to lean to teach the lesson for us. And that's really, you know, what, what I want.
Well, mama to do. But initially, we have these videos of the lessons. I also teach a live virtual cottage meeting every week, every Wednesday, a live virtual library, every Wednesday, 11 o'clock Eastern Standard Time, I'm getting ready to teach the class here in about an hour, Chris, to be honest with you, you can just sign up, they're free, they're one hour a week, and moms from all over the country get on and I teach the class and then afterwards, we have a wonderful discussion. They're telling me tell us what they're doing in their communities as they as they as they have learned these principles of liberty and how it's changing their neighborhoods. I mean, just today, Chris, we heard word several of the moms that have been attending the virtual cottage meeting ran for the school board, because of the things that they've learned in the cottage meeting, and one, so I'm hearing the best things, you know, and this is what will happen when you learn these truths to shore up and to perpetuate and to save your nation. God will put in your heart what you should do. And every one of us is going to have a assignment, you know, but as you learn these things and say, Lord, here am I, what do you want me to do? And you've got this knowledge and these principles written on your heart, he will use you as an amazing tool in his hand to preserve, you know, this nation, this special nation, one nation under God.
Well, Julian, what are some of the topics you cover in the 12 lessons? This show is brought to you by Generous Joe's, the coffee company with the Christian perspective. This is the answer that Christians and conservatives have been looking for, a coffee company that gives back to causes you care about. Order your coffee today at shopgenerousjoes.org and even subscribe to a subscription coffee plan and never forget the coffee you love or the causes you care about.
Great question. So the first lesson is anchored in hope. How in the world, moms, do you stay anchored in hope?
If mom is anchored in hope, everyone in that family is going to be anchored in hope. Another lesson is there's no place like home. Another lesson is ladies first. When ladies become educated, the man becomes educated.
So goes the woman, so goes the nation. Teaching your children the foundation of faith, the valor of virtue. That's the lesson I'm teaching today in the live cottage meeting.
The power of patriotism. There's a great lesson called America share the story and we teach mom is how to teach stories from our founding fathers and from our history that really resonates and inspires the children. We teach mothers the importance of the dinner hour. There's a class on how to teach your children the constitution and there's our last class is raising up that next generation of patriots. So once mamas have gone through these 12 lessons, they are so ready to roll and then we give them other resources that they can study. There's never a problem of what to study.
It's almost too many things to study. We also teach a healing of America seminar. It's a 16-week seminar on God's hands and building of America. Me and my husband teach those.
They're live, they're free every Wednesday night, 8 30 central standard time. They're one hour and we go through God's hand in building America and establishing it and we're getting ready to teach the constitution the next four weeks. The constitution from the viewpoint of the founding fathers and then what in the world has happened?
What are some of the attacks on our country? Why are we in the predicament that we are now and then the last four weeks is how we can heal America, how we can heal our homes, our communities, our schools, our state and nation and you know those 16 classes of the healing of America seminar were really what pricked mothers to begin to run for the school boards and we're seeing some of the fruits of that this morning the day after the election as these mothers are committing these elections as they learn these principles so that God is a God of miracles back anciently and he will be a God of miracles today in their lives if they will just have the courage to stand up and to get involved. Well I'm so excited about what you're doing because at Citizens for America that's what we're trying to do is encourage Christians to engage the culture for Jesus and you are preparing people so for listeners particularly moms who want to learn about the founding principles of this nation about the constitution and and the Christian heritage of our nation you know this is a great way to do it so Julene for those who might want to see what a cottage meeting looks like and join your virtual meeting how do they join your virtual meetings that you hold every Wednesday? Super easy just go to momsforamerica.us our website you'll see right immediately cottage meetings click on cottage meetings and then you'll see virtual cottage meetings click on the virtual cottage meeting it'll take you to a little registration then you will start to get immediately a little notification and and 24 hours before the cottage meeting you will get a zoom reminder with the link and then one hour before the cottage meeting you'll get another email with a reminder that the class is about to start with the zoom link again so it will come to you each week as a reminder with the zoom link and you just you know get on and there's also 12 little nope or 12 excuse me there's four little seminar manuals that you can get they're 12 dollars apiece we have a moms for america store you know the little study guide that goes along with the healing of america seminar and then you could get the little cottage meeting manual in our store as well but that's really the only materials you need and you don't even need those if you just get on and watch and let the spirit of god you know work is wonder in your heart you will definitely be led but it's super easy to watch and and get on and there's no cost it's just time but you know it's so interesting it's so interesting the mothers will start with these lessons they always they stick with it it's always kind of a treat to me i'm like oh wow the women that we started with are still with us at the closing class and so i think i think the mamas are realizing the management that comes together that comes as women gather together in your homes or even in the nation online and you feel with each other's heart and spirit and you're taught julian are those meetings interactive in other words can they ask you questions in the virtual cottage meeting yes they for sure can oftentimes i'll teach the class so as a dad i got a question for you you mentioned that you and your husband teach classes on on uh wednesday nights i think you said called healing our nation uh is that open to uh fathers as well or is it just a mom's thing no way so our evening classes are for families moms dads grandmas grandpas kids teenagers and those are on thursday night actually so the mama's mama's cottage meeting is wednesday morning 11 a.m eastern standard time and the evening classes are thursday at 8 30 central standard time 7 30 down five i always have to clarify because we have people from all over the country so get your time zone right and it is the it is the most inspiring thing we have so many husbands and wives that come on and go through this seminar all 16 weeks and uh it's very interactive and they stay on and they and they tell us what they're doing in their communities to make an impact of the husband and wife because the family is just so inspiring is it the um oh my mind just like i've got so many questions that i want to ask you uh oh is it the same so same thing for the meeting with your husband uh you go to momsforamerica.us and you can register for it there yes yeah okay um so have you seen an impact of these cottage meetings that they're having on communities and i know you mentioned that you've had people run for school board but is it impacting local communities in the nation oh my word is it ever we've got mamas almost every week telling us how they have started their own cottage meetings in their communities and uh we have a group from fairfax county louden county virginia that were so instrumental as they gathered each week a couple of these principals began to um organize community rallies against some of the things that were being taught in the school systems and really made an impact in the school boards and they say i just saw on fox news this morning they attributed the moms of america i mean i don't think they were saying it was our organization but they said it was the mothers of america in virginia that one that allowed the man who won the governor youngkin last night to win it was the mothers rising up and and i know personally that it was a real active moms for america cottage meeting group that we had in fairfax and louden county that were at the forefront of allowing this man to beat the democratic candidate and he is a young kid he's pro-life and he's for parental rights and and parents having to say about what their children are being taught in the schools and these are the kind of morally strong and virtuous leaders we want in office and so and we've got a mama in new jersey that just started an inner city program to teach abstinence i mean who would think that a public school would allow this kind of program in mental health health classes it's one of the lowest graduating schools in new jersey and so they're desperate and so they're allowing her she's she came up to our program cottage meeting and she attends our cottage meeting and the lord put it to her heart to write this curriculum she wrote a grant in this high school in new jersey and they're teaching it in new jersey right now i mean chris i could go on and on and on about stories of mamas who are doing things how it's just even impacting the four walls of their home and it's all because you're you're you're equipping them moms for america as organizations equipping them and giving the information and so i'm just so proud of you julene for what you're doing i know that y'all have something called we've only got a few minutes left but she has something called the three pillars of liberty what are those pillars and why is it important to teach those to the next generation oh yeah those three pillars of liberty and they're part of lesson three four and five in the cottage meetings it's teaching our children the foundation of faith that our founders were deep men of faith who knew that this is a covenant in special land and they looked to god and they founded this government on god's law and they knew the only way we could maintain this government this representative government is if we remain godly and virtuous and morally strong and they knew that's where our success and our strength is going to come so we teach our children the the moorings of the foundation of what this nation was founded on faith and then the valor of virtue making your actions consistent with what you say you believe and then the power of patriotism having a love for this nation and being willing to sacrifice and to serve and do whatever we can to perpetuate what our founders gave us and as you instill those pillars in your children they are going to take it on home they are going to be the ones that will defend you know liberty and freedom in this nation they are going to be really the ones on the front line moving forward and we arm them up as we teach them these great pillars of um liberty well how are these principles how can they counter what's being taught in the public schools today well you know in my little family devotion with my kids i was sure in lynch beach day i called them i'd armor them up with truth and liberty and stories of our founders and they go into the classrooms and they would come home and they go mom let me tell you what was taught today in history and they what they do is they can recognize when truth and error is being taught so many kids have not been taught the truth and so when their teacher or their university professor teaches them the critical race theory or idea they just assume that's truth but when you armor your children up with these virtues and these stories of these miracles of america feeling of patriotism for their country they sit in class or they they listen to the news or social media and they know they recognize that what they're hearing is garbage you know and they can raise their hand and they can counter it and so it just arms them up to be able to discern truth from error as you teach them these things well i i'm just going to be praying for you and so thankful that i had the opportunity to to work with moms for america because you're doing what i travel across the nation to do is to encourage people to become educated and informed and then engage the culture and you're supplying free all these great resources where moms can just come together one day a week get educated get to know each other because their strength and numbers you mentioned the virginia governor's race and that's what it was it was moms who got together and said enough is enough we're responsible for educating our children we're going to learn how to educate our children and moms for america played a great role in that uh julene tell them again the website as we close out the show yes thank you chris moms for america.us moms for america.us click on cottage meetings click on virtual cottage meetings and you will be prepared for beautiful you know learning and education experience together with the mothers and grandmothers of america folks visit moms for america.us sign up to get on their email list and and be on the lookout for a mom rise summit or an event coming to the area soon julene i just i love what you said so goes the woman so goes the nation so goes the woman so goes the nation julene thank you so much for being on the christian perspective today thank you chris i'm so glad we've been able to link arms and be a part of this great work together your inspiration with the work that you're doing thanks for having me on well folks thank you for joining me today i'm chris hues and this is the christian perspective please subscribe and like our podcast and please share it with your friends on social media now let's go change the culture for jesus thank you for listening the christian perspective with chris hues learn more about impacting the culture for jesus visit christianperspective.us this show is brought to you by generous joe's the coffee company with the christian perspective this is the answer that christians and conservatives have been looking for a coffee company that gives back to 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