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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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31 Days of Prayer for your Spouse, Faithfulness, Karis Murray, Marriage, Family Matters

Faithfulness “The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed.” 1 Samuel 26:23   These words of the future King David can teach us a lot about faithfulness in our marriage. When we say our marriage […]

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31
Oct
2013
Halloween, Karis Murray, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace based Parenting

As we round the corner to Halloween, one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the United States, many Christian parents are unsure what they should allow their kids to do. By many, this holiday is seen as a chance to have some good old fashion fun dressing up and getting way too many treats. […]

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Grace Based Parenting, Grace based discipline, Karis Murray, Dr. Tim Kimmel, discipline, grace, mercy, Family Matters, Parenting, Help

One of our most frequently asked questions here at Family Matters by parents is on the subject of discipline. In this series, we will break Grace Based Discipline down into a framework that parents can use to help them determine how to discipline their kids with grace.     It’s a common misconception that the […]

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