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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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24
Sep
2014

First Responders

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First Responders, Family Matters, Sonia Cleverly, emergency, friendship

  Currently a friend of mine is walking through a deep valley in her life.  I feel fairly helpless.  My assistance is so profoundly insufficient.  Because the only way out of this valley is through it, and the only solution to her problem is time and space.  And time and space stubbornly require so very […]

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beauty, cosmetic industry, Family matters, Karis Murray

  {Click here to see Part 1}   We’re all His beautiful image.   The moment you’re conceived you are beauty. Whether you’re young or old, thick or thin, healthy or sick, you’re beauty. Beauty isn’t subjective, beauty is innate. Beauty is as God is, unchanging, everlasting and limitless.   So, why is it damaging to continue […]

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beauty, cosmetic industry, Family matters, Karis Murray

  Body image is hotter than ever as a cultural idol. The fashion, fitness, weight-loss and cosmetics industries spend billions every year to convince you that there is a lot you can do to be more beautiful, and conveniently, they have the product/workout/pill/diet/potion/procedure to help you get there. Yet, every year the cancer of self-loathing […]

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09
Sep
2014
cinderellafeaturedimage

{archive from 2013} And no, that was not a good thing….   Kristina, our second born was healthy, smart, helpful, and compliant. She was often there to help our son Joey (3 years older than her) when he needed his shoes tied, face washed, or teeth brushed. The problem was – she was somewhere around […]

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07
Aug
2014

A Rebel with a Cause

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teenager boy featured image

Do you remember that kid in church?  You know the one – he knew all the big biblical answers in youth group, worked recreation every summer for VBS, and sang solo in the church youth choir.  All the little old ladies who sat in the back of the church sang his praises while all the […]

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25
Jul
2014

Ball of Clay

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Carrie Wainwright designs, ball of clay, ivy weezner, family Matters

  We are imperfect, scarred, sometimes broken vessels but we don’t always understand why. We get angry with our children when they grow up and make mistakes that change their future or hurt their chances. We wanted to believe when they were little that they were pure…faultless. If anyone is blameless it has to be […]

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22
Jul
2014

Feelings, God, Me and the Isrealites

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Feelings, God, Me and the Isrealites

The other day I was paying the bills and licking the envelopes (yes I am old fashioned and still write checks) and they just weren’t staying closed.  As my tongue grew raw and my patience grew thin, my son noticed I was upset and asked what was wrong.  “I can’t get the envelopes to stay […]

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burning-marriage

Dear Readers, My name is Karis Murray. I’m the Creative Director at Family Matters, and my parents, Dr. Tim and Darcy Kimmel founded this ministry in 1983. At Family Matters, we’ve always been message-bearers. Everything we do… books, conferences, speaking engagements, radio, blogging and social media is for one purpose: To carry the message of […]

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10
Jul
2014

Something New

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Edy Sutherland, Transformative Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters

  When I got married ten years ago, I really thought I was taking my vows seriously.   My (then) new husband and I thought we had all the ingredients for a strong marriage, like you’d find them on a checklist or something. A budding romance. Check. Common goals. Check. Shared interests. Check. A (sort […]

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