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Always Rejoicing…Sorta

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  I’m very blessed to be part of a Titus 2 Bible study once a month.  I wish it were weekly.  This past week we met over dinner and discussed Philippians 4:1-9. I’m totally enjoying studying Philippians.  Great book. We were talking about rejoicing in the Lord. One of the questions was, “What are the […]

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How do I live sufficient grace, Sue Birdseye, Dr. TIm Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting

  Ever had a lyric or a verse stuck in your head? There is one in my head. “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’”  2 Corinthians 12:9 Over and over it runs through my head reminding me that God is enough. I […]

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trust, school, fear, Sue Birdseye, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting

I had the privilege of sitting through my 7th grader’s first day. I noticed several things: His teacher rocks! He was not thrilled to be there. All 7th grade boys are alike! I haven’t sat through a full day of classes in a while…after 2 hours my mind was wandering and I was desperate for […]

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School Supply Insanity

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School Supply Insanity, Back to school, Family matters Blog, Dr. tim Kimmel, Grace Based parenting

Anticipation of school supply sales used to be such fun…now all those bins of erasers, pencils, and index cards are making me feel slightly woozy.  I’m not ready for school supplies!  I have no definitive plan for my children academically this fall.  I’m trying to figure out options for everyone and my head is pounding […]

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Faithfully Facing the Future

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Faithfully Facing the Future, parenting, Grace Based Parenting, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Sue Birdseye

  My oldest graduated from high school last year…the same year my two youngest graduated from preschool!  That’s nuts!   After earning a bunch of scholarships and grants, he was blessed to finish his first year of college debt-free!  What a blessing!   Unfortunately we are heading into his 2nd year without the funding we […]

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Faith-Filled Love

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Faith-Filled Love, Sue Birdseye, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting

  Loving someone is an act of faith. Not faith in a person. Faith in God. There are always people we’d really like to not have to love.  For me, it’s my ex-husband.  Even though I feel a decided lack of like for the man, God does command me to love him.  But what does […]

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Prayer is the Thing

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Prayer is the Thing, Sue Birdseye, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based parenting, Family Matters Blog

  In the past several years my prayer life has been many things. From the moment my husband said he was thinking of leaving to today, prayer has been my lifeline.  It was the source of my strength and peace. When things settled down and my single mom life became “normal,” it was my venting […]

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United We Stand in Joy, Sorrow and Single Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters Blog, Sue Birdseye

Since becoming a single parent I’ve found more strength and blessing in the Body of Christ than I could have ever imagined.  From the bewildering day my husband announced he was leaving, friends have stood by my side as I fought for my family and eventually accepted divorce.  To today when my friends still bless […]

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Mommy Grace, Darcy Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel

Adoption is such a beautiful thing.  Something that opens us up to blessings we could never imagine, and challenges we might not have expected. When we began our fostering journey, I remember thinking that the whole point of the foster parent training was to take our rose-colored glasses off, stomp on them, and hand them […]

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Offering and Receiving

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Family Matters Blog

My children and I talk often about forgiveness.  It’s been a great dinner discussion topic, but in order for my children to truly understand the importance and application I just gotta teach through doing, both offering and receiving. A few days ago I read an article dealing with the issue of forgiving public figures who […]

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