17
Apr
2014
Chrysanthemum

My desire to parent my children with grace means I want to teach them about having grace with others, and sharing God’s grace with others. This means they need to understand that God has a missionary heart and He desires for all peoples, everywhere, to know about Him, and it starts at home.   This […]

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Easter, Family Matters, Darcy Kimmel

  Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Luke 19:38   As Easter approaches, we are coming to a very holy time of year. If Christmas is the bow and wrappings of our faith then Easter is what’s inside the package.   Somehow though, Easter doesn’t get the same billing […]

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15
Apr
2014

Let’s Get Crafty :: Easter Style

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Pinterest, Easter, Family Matters, Crafts

  We just thought to share some fun crafts to do as a family for the Easter holiday this coming weekend.   You can find all of the below craft ideas on our Pinterest Board “Let’s Get Crafty!” on our Pinterest page.   Hope you enjoy!  

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14
Apr
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Stepfamily, Laura Petherbridge, The Smart Stepmom

  “Is this how you felt when Colin and Erin were born?” I softly asked Steve, my husband.   “Yes.” He replied. “And when the grandchildren begin to arrive it is one more reminder of how stepfamilies are different than first time marriages.”   Although I was very excited and happy when his grandchildren came […]

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11
Apr
2014

I’m Still Learning

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I'm Still Learning, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Filled Marriage, Grace Based Parenting, Marriage, Love

  I have been married for over 13 years.  You’d think I’d have this whole “wife” thing down by now.   Last year I thought I had this down; I thought I knew everything there was to know about marriage, love, and also about my husband.  I thought we had a great life together, I […]

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10
Apr
2014
bible

  Too often, we allow our insecurities to dictate what we think we can do for God.  We look in the mirror and judge what we see based on the world’s definition of beauty.  We allow man’s version of success to dictate how we feel about our lives and accomplishments.   How differently would we […]

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Lost child, prodigal son, Darcy Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Why Christian kids rebel, family Matters

I recognized my friend’s number on caller ID and had mixed feelings about answering my phone.  A call from her usually meant at least a half hour of listening to a heartbroken Mom whose wayward son had done another unspeakable act of rebellion.  Drugs, car wrecks, theft, dishonoring rage, getting a girl pregnant… If there […]

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08
Apr
2014
Family Matters, Grace based parenting, Sibling Rivalry, Darcy Kimmel, fighting, tattle

  Of course, as I have said before, sibling rivalry is part of our human nature. You’ve been a parent long enough to debunk the myth that many pre-parents believe – that a “good” parent should be able to raise a well behaved kid who doesn’t fight with their sibling.(earth to innocent, come in) Unless […]

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07
Apr
2014

Constructing Peace

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Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Constructing Peace, Edy Sutherland, Grace Based Parenting

  No skills — none.   I launched in to adult life devoid of peacemaking skills.   Words like, “Go to your room and come out when you have a smile on your face.” left me a vacuum, void of know-how, to manage conflict.   Whenever a disagreement arose I would speak until heard, really […]

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04
Apr
2014
Resurrection

  When the crimes against our hearts seem unforgivable, we can take a walk up a hill.  Hurting hearts all over the world have learned the power that is gained by taking this same walk.  We may start in the outback of East Africa, the frozen tundra of Siberia, or the congested sidewalks of Manhattan.  […]

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