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beauty, cosmetic industry, Family matters, Karis Murray

  {Click here to see Part 1}   We’re all His beautiful image.   The moment you’re conceived you are beauty. Whether you’re young or old, thick or thin, healthy or sick, you’re beauty. Beauty isn’t subjective, beauty is innate. Beauty is as God is, unchanging, everlasting and limitless.   So, why is it damaging to continue […]

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beauty, cosmetic industry, Family matters, Karis Murray

  Body image is hotter than ever as a cultural idol. The fashion, fitness, weight-loss and cosmetics industries spend billions every year to convince you that there is a lot you can do to be more beautiful, and conveniently, they have the product/workout/pill/diet/potion/procedure to help you get there. Yet, every year the cancer of self-loathing […]

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01
Aug
2014

Quantum Time

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Father's Day, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, DIY

  As far as I can tell, quantum physics means that matter obeys different sets of contradictory laws all at the same time. Or, it means that the more accurately you measure one property of matter, the less accurately you will measure another.   Or something. I think.   In my defense, physicists can’t even […]

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burning-marriage

Dear Readers, My name is Karis Murray. I’m the Creative Director at Family Matters, and my parents, Dr. Tim and Darcy Kimmel founded this ministry in 1983. At Family Matters, we’ve always been message-bearers. Everything we do… books, conferences, speaking engagements, radio, blogging and social media is for one purpose: To carry the message of […]

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grandparentswithfamily

In honor of all the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in our families, here are a few ways we can bring out the best in the relationship they form with our kids. 1.)    A clean slate One of the blessings of grandparenthood is that it’s a clean slate to write a new, and possibly very different legacy […]

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19
May
2014

How to End a School Year: Limping

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End of School Year, Karis Murray, Grace based parenting, realistic parenting, Summer Vacation

Last night, I fed my family dinner at 8:30 pm (a pizza from Little Caesars) and then finally got my kids in bed at 10:10. Bottom Line: I tucked my 4th and 5th grade daughters into bed after 10 pm on a school night – however, they had both eaten and slept in a 24 […]

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30
Apr
2014
Overcoming Insecurity, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Karis Murray

  Insecurity. We all battle it. It’s at the core of our fallen nature. I’m even feeling a bit nervous about writing this post, about offering my advice, since you might think that I’m being a self-righteous know-it-all. *See what I did there?* Insecurity is both toxic self-loathing, and inflated self-love. It’s as though our […]

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20
Apr
2014

Claimed:: A Gospel Poem

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Claimed, poem, Karis Murray, Family Matters, Grace based parenting, Easter

Claiming shame and claiming pride. All on Jesus, crucified. Claiming sorrow. Claiming pain. All for these He rose again.   Circumvent our fallen hearts; The Savior plays His sacred part. All for sinners, all the same. Heaven’s Earth-song in refrain.   Claiming debt for Satan lied. All by mercy, justified. Claiming death, our fate deny. […]

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daughters and body image

Body image is an issue that has transcended the eras. Different cultures and different fragments of time have varying ideas of what they consider beautiful or desirable. We live in a time now where, as a whole, our ideal for beauty is thinner than it has been for most of history, but as a whole, […]

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Family Matters, Karis Murray, Mental Health

  One in four adults and one in five youth in the United States have a diagnosable mental illness. At Family Matters, we know this means nearly every family we come in contact with is impacted by mental illness. As Christians, we know we can turn to our Heavenly Father and seek His guidance and […]

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