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Dear Parents, Now more than ever, there are endless opportunities vying for our kids’ time. School and homework is enough to fill a schedule, let alone sports, clubs and extra-curricular activities. As a veteran mom and a youth group leader, I’m writing this open letter to plead with parents to prioritize church youth group for your […]

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The late David Foster Wallace is famous for the following anecdote: There were two young fish swimming side-by-side in the ocean. An older, seasoned fish came swimming towards them from the opposite direction. As he passed, he asked, “How’s the water?” and then swam on. The two young fish glided along for a while and […]

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25
Jan
2017
Going it alone, Christmas, alone, burden, Family matters

“I’m so done! I’ve HAD IT!” Have those words ever spilled out of your mouth as you’ve cared for your child with special needs? Well, they have from my mouth. I hate to admit it, but there are days I’ve just had enough. One of my friends whose life is a similar to mine has […]

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Family Matters is proud to present a NEW BOOK, Grace Based Discipline: How to Be at Your Best When Your Kids are at Their Worst by Karis Kimmel Murray. If you’re a parent who’s ever scratched your head wondering how to discipline your kids with grace, this book is the practical help you’ve been waiting […]

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22
Dec
2016
Family Matters

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and […]

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05
Dec
2016

A Comma Called Christmas

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Merry Christmas, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Jesus Christ

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. Isaiah 9:2   December serves as the sunset month of another year; the dusk before the dawn of a fresh calendar. It’s always been ironic to me that our sovereign […]

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05
Oct
2016

A Different Kind of Yes

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We’ve always said we put a high priority on people and relationships.  We said that but we got a bit lost in the actually living it out part over the last few years by saying yes to a lot of really great things. When you added up all the really great “yeses” plus school commitments, […]

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11
Aug
2016

Parents, STOP Comparing!

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Family matters, dr. Tim Kimmel, Darcy Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting

It seems lately I’m seeing a high number of articles describing the challenges of the different ways we choose to live our lives…or ways we have to live our lives.  I used to understand this – the need to justify and convince others of the value of what we’re doing or the choices we’ve made.  […]

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14
Jul
2016

Show Pigs and Life

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Family Matters, Grace based parenting, life lessons

My brother and sister-in-law live on the farm where my sister-in-law grew up. This year they decided to teach their children, ages 6 and 9 how to raise pigs. Suzy was excited to share this part of her childhood with her children. My family has enjoyed watching the process and laughing as they chase their pigs through the […]

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European Leadership Forum, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Darcy Kimmel, family matters, grace based parenting, grace filled marriage

Darcy and I spent the last week in Poland speaking at the European Leadership Forum (aka ELF). ELF is the lovechild of some Oxford and Cambridge University brainiacs who wanted to create an outlet for Europe’s leading Christian voices, thinkers, and people of influence to get advanced training. ELF offers twenty-four Networks in a vast […]

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