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Vantage Point

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“Be careful Elizabeth. Not all dogs are friendly. You’ll have to wait until his owner returns to pet him.” I say these instructions as my three year old daughter positions herself to pet the shiny black dog standing as tall as she with a head resembling a pit bull. With whiney words she responds, “But […]

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

  I once engineered bridges. On a day-to-day basis I administered the supervision of construction. Long before a concrete pile was hammered deep, I scrutinized the designer’s plan for assembly. As work ensued, I inspected, documented and measured the progress. When an error occurred I arranged for the resolution and restitution. As the manager, my […]

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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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Spiritual Photosynthesis

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Spiritual Photosynthesis, Edy Sutherland, Dr Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Family Matters

  As a mom of two little girls I consider their salvation as crucial as my responsibility to provide food, clothing, and shelter.   I often consider how to guide my younger children to develop ownership of their faith in Jesus without me coercing or controlling them.   In Dr. Tim Kimmel’s book The High […]

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A Baby Changes Everything, Darcy Kimmel, Love Darcy, Family Matters Blog, Grace Based Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  As the west relishes above normal winter temperatures, the east thaws from another polar vortex. Hiking in shorts and picnics in the park take place rather than shoveling snow and sporting down parkas.   When I ponder the perfect picnic, I imagine a serene scene with my family lounging on a woven blanket in […]

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31 Days of Prayer for your Spouse

Trinity “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12   In our youth we harbor a false sense of vitality. In our comfort we rest in a fabricated assurance of safety. In our earthly pleasures we satisfy the temporal and sacrifice the eternal. […]

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31 Days of Prayer for your Spouse, Edy Sutherland, Family Matters

Hope “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13   Hope disperses despair. She brings forth new beginnings, refreshed revelations, and improved aspirations. Apart from hope we wander disengaged from […]

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Family Matters, 31 Days of Prayer for your Spouse, Edy Sutherland, Passion, Marriage

Passion “So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16   Passion shouts in the darkness for light. She grieves so others may live. She travels long distances at great cost to rescue one. Passion consumes our souls when we develop a strong and barely controllable […]

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Grace Verse, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, poetry, grace

I scrutinize each question and mark the corresponding response on the answer sheet. My mind fills with crushing possibilities. “What if?” Would a response surface to raise the red flag? You know the one that shouts loudly “Don’t marry her.”   Could this premarital evaluation uncover the truths of the old me? Will I be […]

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Trick or Teach

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Trick or Teach, Edy Sutherland, Family Matters, Grace based parenting, teaching children, learning the Bible, Bible, God's presence

  She sat and listened, intently. A week later, while snuggled with me at bedtime, my almost 6 years old daughter asked, “Mommy, does God really answer prayers like that?” From the stage I addressed an audience of outdoor enthusiasts, specifically mountain climbers and those that rescue them. I told of a time I peddled […]

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