Blog  /   Archive: Grace

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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12
Dec
2014

Grace :: It’s Simple Math

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math, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family matters, grace

Grace is hard work. And most the time it doesn’t add up. I think this is why so many people reject it as the default mode of their lives. God actually expects us to: Be kind to people who aren’t always kind in return. Forgive people who don’t deserve to be forgiven. Be generous to […]

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09
Dec
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Michelle Hutchison, Grace Does Not Have A Nice List, Christmas, Elf on the Shelf, Veggie Tales

{originally published in 2013} Recently, I sat down to watch a movie with my kids about the story of St. Nicholas (yes, it was a Veggie Tales movie, just stay with me). Long story short, here was a man (or cucumber as it were) from wealthy means who chose to bestow his benevolence on needy […]

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true greatness, family matters, grace based parenting, michael regan

  Let’s be honest: parenting is hard. Parenting a child with special needs is really hard. And when your special needs child has mental illness, it can be flat out daunting.   This isn’t about comparison – it’s about compassion. If you are a parent with a mentally ill child, or you are close to […]

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26
Nov
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Happy Thanksgiving

{originally published in 2013}   The jig is up. I’ve avoiding talking to my kids about it in hopes we wouldn’t have to deal with the issue for a few years but somehow, my daughter has figured it out.   We’re vegetarians.   Well, I suppose we’re not vegetarians in the way most people would […]

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19
Nov
2014

Grace in Sacrifice

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Joy Cherrick, sacrifice, prayer

  If there is one thing that is hard in the Christian life, it is the surrender. Giving Christ the control over each and every aspect of my body and life is my greatest joy and my greatest battle.   When I gave my life to Jesus as a young woman, I had already tried […]

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14
Nov
2014

Behind Every Great Man…

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family matters, marriage, grace based

  Guess what I can do with a 102 degree fever?  Several  loads of laundry.  Make dinner.  Help with homework.   Do the dishes.  More laundry.  Sign permission slips.  Write a blog.   Guess what my husband can do with a 102 degree fever?  Moan.  Suggest concern that he may be dangerously close to experiencing a […]

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06
Nov
2014
the art of anticipating discouragement

{originally published in 2012}   When our heart’s temperature drops (metaphorically), often it doesn’t matter what the facts are of our current circumstances. All we know is that life has taken a turn for the worse. People on the outside looking in understandably wonder what the heck we’re whining about. And because there doesn’t seem […]

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Advancing Grace, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  Moms take care of everyone. But who takes care of moms?   If you’ve never heard of Emporia, Kansas or can’t name any of its famous residents – you’re probably not alone. This sleepy Midwest town located 52 miles southwest of Topeka is only 12 square miles and boasts 26,000 residents. The main attractions include […]

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29
Oct
2014
Karina Loewen, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Halloween

What is the best day of the year to get to know the majority of the people living in your neighbourhood? It’s not Christmas Morning. Or Easter Sunday. Or the first day of school. The best day of the year to build community is on Halloween. People leave their fenced yards, their closed-in garages, and […]

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