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Life Punctuated, Edy Sutherland, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting

…continued from Part 1…   Quotation Marks: Quotation marks denote quoted or spoken language. Each member of the family is unique with a special calling. It’s important to recognize and cultivate the voice of every son and daughter of the Most High God. But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in […]

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Life Punctuated, Edy Sutherland, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting

  I desire to be clear in the message I convey to my children. How I punctuate each sentence as our story unfolds makes all the difference. Meaning can shift as simple as a comma moves in a sentence.   Observe the two sentences. Note the difference punctuation makes:   A woman, without her man, […]

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22
Apr
2015
Grace Based Parenting, Family matters, Edy Sutherland

  When your brain has been trained through repetitive practice to carry out a process like playing a song on the piano, you have developed what is known as muscle memory.   Your fingers play the song from procedural memory.   My family recently traveled to Mexico to build a home with 1Mission. We’re seeking […]

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09
Apr
2015

Blossoms of Hope

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Edy Sutherland, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Easter, Hope

We sat still waiting. I whisper to my two daughters, “Can you hear the songs of the many other types of birds?” Suddenly one arrives. The humming sound rouses our attention. The tiny bird with long pointy beak hovers in front of the brilliant pink flower drawing the nectar from the trumpet shaped well. Last […]

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31DOP_Day22

DAY 22 : COURAGE “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. “ - Deut. 31:6 {ESV} I trust God will keep His promises and be true to His character. I do what […]

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17
Oct
2014

In Broad Daylight

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burglary, safe kids, strong kids, reckless parenting, grace based parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Edy Sutherland

  They carefully selected, preyed, and executed robbery of our home in broad daylight. All of our neighbors were home at 1 o’clock in the afternoon on a Wednesday. Evil waited. As my adjoining backyard neighbors drove away, the gig was on. Opening the unlocked gate, the burglars jumped the block wall to access our […]

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Edy Sutherland, Transformative Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters

  How many times have you heard or maybe said, “I went another day without ever using algebra”? We learn algebra to solve everyday real world problems. Too often, algebra is taught as a series of steps to follow, y=mx + b.   Many times, math teachers become so focused on the procedure they forget […]

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27
Jun
2014

Vantage Point

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vantage point

“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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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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