29
May
2015
Grace Based Parenting, Family Matters, Darcy Kimmel

Friday is movie day with our grand daughters this summer. One of the local theater chains has a “Summer Movie” program and, for less than a dollar a movie, you can see ten fun, kid friendly movies throughout the summer. Whether the girls have seen the movie or not, it is still a great time […]

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28
May
2015

Drastically Simple

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Grace Based Parenting, Family matters

Last year we welcomed our forth child and my lifestyle took a drastic shift.   No, not the “life-is-crazy-I-can’t-keep-up” shift. My life became more peaceful, more purposeful, more full and more focused. So what happened?   Having four children in four years forced me to take inventory of my commitments and look at how my […]

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meltdown

Do you take work with you to bed? On weekends? On vacation? Do you work more than 40 hours a week? Do you believe that it is okay to work long hours if you love what you are doing? Have your long hours hurt your family or other relationships? Do you prioritize cleaning, laundry and […]

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26
May
2015

Trust

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Grace Based Parenting, Family Matters, Sue Birdseye

  Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Proverbs 3:5   It is interesting to me that that verse isn’t “Trust in the Lord with all of your mind.”  Why is that? Why does God say heart? I looked up the meaning of heart in my concordance and it says that God uses […]

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22
May
2015

Waiting Stinks…

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Grace Based Parenting

…but it can be a blessing…   I do not like to wait. I don’t like to wait for things to happen, for relationships to be fixed, for problems to be solved, for enlightenment to come, for suffering to end, for God to work.  I don’t know anyone who really enjoys waiting.  But life is […]

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21
May
2015

The Power of Snuggle

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snuggle

When my oldest daughter Katie moved from her crib to her toddler bed, I spent the first few nights lying on the floor beside her bed with an arm draped over her to help her get settled in.  She would continually ask for me to “snuggle” her and I was glad to respond as her […]

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20
May
2015
Grace Based parenting

  My daughter gave me a wonderful birthday gift a few weeks ago. It wasn’t just that she raced downstairs to give me a hug before my early-morning departure for work. And it wasn’t just that she gave me a handmade card. My precious daughter gave me words of encouragement that I dearly needed. As […]

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19
May
2015
cheerios

I’ve been batching it for the past week. The Minister of Internal Affairs of the Kimmel home has been in another state seeing to the needs of the newest member of our son Cody’s family. Which explains why I’ve been eating a lot of cereal. After all these years of marriage, Darcy still hasn’t learned […]

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18
May
2015

Letting Go and Letting God

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Grace Based parenting

When our kids were young, they were always excited for Sunday school or Awana nights.  We attended services as a family each week and I was proud of our children’s love and hearts for God.  In my mind, I imagined that our family would spend the next 18 years, continuing in this same blissful manner […]

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15
May
2015
Claimed

  I love Grace!   Grace provides the atmosphere for God’s Word to take root in a person’s life under the careful gardening of the Holy Spirit.  It also provides the proper balance between two extremes of life: license and legalism.  As parents, we must always remember that we do not want to teach our […]

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