Blog  /   Archive: Grace

24
Oct
2014
grace, family matters, grace based parenting, dr. tim kimmel

  We live in a world that seeks out differences and loves divisiveness. The enemy is never more pleased with himself than when we are pointing fingers and hurling hurtful words at each other. We look at each other’s lives and make assumptions. We are quick with the judgments and stingy with the grace.   […]

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22
Oct
2014

Tolerance vs. Compassion

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tolerance, compassion, grace based parenting, family matters, daisy

  Let us first start with the true definitions of each word.   Tolerance: the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.   Compassion: sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.   Which would you rather teach […]

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15
Oct
2014

I Believe…I Do

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Faith, trust, grace based parenting, family matters, dr. tim kimmel, sue birdseye

  Several years ago if you’d asked me what passage in the Bible most spoke to me, I’d have said Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will […]

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14
Oct
2014

School Choice

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school choice

{originally published in 2012}   I’d like you to meet two teenagers: Jerome and Claudia. If you were to try to evaluate their spiritual character by doing an external assessment of them, you wouldn’t be able to detect a lot of what is going on inside of them. In fact, it’s a standard mistake to […]

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09
Oct
2014

I Am a New Mom

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babyfoot

{originally posted in 2012}   I am a new mom. No, I’m not a first time mom, but I am a new mom. When I had my first child, I decided she was a low down, manipulative, selfish brat. If you can imagine, at  3 weeks old she cried when she wanted to eat! The nerve. […]

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depression, anxiety, true greatness, family matters, dr. tim kimmel

  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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07
Oct
2014

Be the Grace

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Be The Grace, Grace Based Parenting, Grace Filled Marriage, Family Matters, Jenny Gillespie, Grace, Breast Cancer, Grandmother

  {originally published in 2013} Her little giggle, her feisty spirit and her love for her family – these are the things I remember most about my grandma. Although her last months were filled with pain, suffering and sickness, her love and grace is still what remains strongest in my memories of her. My grandmother, Lyle […]

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30
Sep
2014
eyeroll

{originally posted in 2011} It usually makes its first appearance somewhere between ages 10 to 12; somewhere in that tipping point between childhood and young adulthood. You say something that seems innocuous … a question … an observation … an opinion. Something innocently related to your adolescent’s present context. Then you see it. Its initial […]

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spirited children

{archive from 2012} Upon taking her first breath, my little Nora was ALL energy.  Even at the age of 3 months, I can remember laying Nora under her playmat where she would spend the next 5-10 minutes moving every single part of her body 100 miles an hour, as if she was training to run […]

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26
Sep
2014

30 Ways to Bless Your Marriage

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30 Ways to Bless Your Marriage

  {originally published in 2012} Marriage is difficult. I don’t think anyone out there would argue with that. It takes more than lovey-dovey eyes and butterflies in your stomach to get through the hard times. And, let’s face it, hard times will come. It’s dangerously easy to get bogged down in utility bills, work responsibilities […]

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