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22
Jul
2015

Diamonds and Divine Moments

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lost diamond

A few nights ago, I had a moment that makes your heart dangle deep within your gut. I looked down at my engagement ring, given to me by my husband nearly 12 years ago, and noticed that the diamond solitaire was missing. To be more specific, I had reached my hand into my pantry cabinet and […]

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15
Jul
2015
fearless

Fearless is a series about women living fearless lives. The words fearless and courageous are used interchangeably, however I like the word “fearless” more. I’m not sure why, I just do.  A shortcoming of the word “fearless” is that it tends to communicate a lack of fear. So, what do I mean by it? To that, […]

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10
Jul
2015

How to Lose a Pet

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How to lose a pet, family matters, grace based parenting

  Early this year, our family had to make one of the toughest choices we’ve faced in a while. We had to choose to lose our dog. I know what you’re thinking…no, we didn’t leave him on someone’s doorstep or drive him out to the country. He was always more than capable of getting lost […]

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Free Range Kids, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Kimmel

  This weekend, I let my two daughters, age 12 and (almost) 11 ride their bikes to the park by themselves. They had a predetermined time they needed to be home and a watch. They don’t have a cell phone but we only live 2 blocks from the park. They were gone an hour and […]

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31DOP_Day1

Day 1 : Love  “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” - I Peter 4:8 {ESV} You’d be hard pressed to find a parent who doesn’t emphatically state that they love their children. Parents have, at times, an irrational love of their children. We know this is true, because when our […]

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26
Dec
2014
new-years-resolutions

Happy New Year all! Karis Murray, here! I’m the Creative Director at Family Matters. Along with managing and writing content for the Family Matters blog, I also write all of the scripts for the Family Matters Minute radio show. The Family Matters Minute is a one minute daily radio spot heard on nearly 500 stations […]

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17
Dec
2014
ADHD, Perfect Attendance Award, Karis Murray, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  Each quarter the teachers at my daughters’ school hand out awards to the students in their classroom: Honor Roll, Most Improved in Math or Reading, Star Students, Kindness, Helpfulness, Most Books Read, etc. My daughters have received several of these certificates throughout their elementary school years, but the one that they both receive regularly […]

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01
Dec
2014

Advent :: New Music

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Advent, music, Cody Kimmel, family matters

There were moments when I seriously doubted that my little brother, Cody Kimmel, would use his tremendous musical talents for good. Moments like when he borrowed my tight leather pants so he could play in his friend’s Queen tribute band. Or like the time he listened to my Aerosmith album 36 times in a row to hone […]

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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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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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