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12
Feb
2015
50WaysToSayILoveYou

It doesn’t matter if you’re married or single, young or old, male or female. Everyone wants to be loved. Here are 50 ways you can say I love you, today. Trust me, someone is desperately needing to hear it. 1. Smile at a stranger 2. Forgive an old wound 3. Share your last piece of […]

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Advancing Grace, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  Family Matters encourages foster families to do the tough but rewarding job of caring for God’s forgotten children.   Family Matters has a vision to see families transformed by God’s grace into instruments of restoration and reformation.  That’s exactly what has happened to Peter and Julie Bartolini. Although they consider themselves “extraordinarily average people” […]

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26
Jan
2015

Being a Man

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dadandbaby

{Originally published in 2012}   One of today’s greatest challenges for men is teaching our own sons what it means to be a man. I was raised in the Judeo-Christian work ethic and taught that I should work hard to become a good provider for my family. Seems easy enough. But my father had a […]

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Martin Luther King Jr Day, Family Matters, Grace based parenting

  As we sit back and reflect on this day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we must remember the basics. The golden rule: Treat others how you would like to be treated.   Nothing can explain this more than grace-based relationships. Whether it’s your spouse, your child, your neighbor, a co-worker or a complete stranger […]

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15
Jan
2015

Reluctant Motherhood

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momanddaughter

{Originally published in 2011}   Have you ever had one of the moments where what you were hearing had nothing to do with parenting, but somehow, somewhere, God takes those words and uses them like a mirror to expose something that really, really needs some work? I didn’t think so. But in the interests of […]

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13
Jan
2015

Who’s Your Daddy?

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Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Laura Petherbridge, Grace Based Parenting, God's Love

{originally published in 2013}   The “Who’s Your Daddy?” message that I share from the platform is by far my favorite one to deliver. I think it’s because I’ve discovered that everything in life hinges on the answer to that question. During my early years as a Christian I thought I believed in God’s love. […]

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30
Dec
2014
new years resolutions, resolutions, grace filled, new years, Family Matters, Jenny Gillespie, Dr. Tim Kimmel

{originally published in 2013}   I don’t know about you, but I am pretty hard on myself.  I set up these fantastic goals, mostly unrealistic, and then become annoyed, depressed, and angry with myself.  I have resolved to stop the cycle this year! Who is with me?!   I have decided to create Grace Filled […]

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29
Dec
2014

I’m With Stupid

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I'm With Stupid, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Filled Marriage

  I’m so grateful I didn’t marry a scorekeeper. My on-field performance wouldn’t have stood a chance.   I know that some of you who know me are thinking that I’m just overstating things in a self-deprecating way to make a point. If you’re gauging me from the typical measuring standards of human decency and […]

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23
Dec
2014
Grace, Grace Based Parenting, sonia cleverly

  My Christmas decorations are displayed.  My Christmas cards are delivered.  My Christmas shopping is not done.  It gets harder and harder to find the perfect gift for my teenage boys.  I am wracking my brain.  But, I’m distracted.  Because thinking of the perfect gift for them means thinking of them.  And thinking of them […]

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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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