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03
Apr
2015

Good Friday Golf :: A Metaphor

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Family Matters, Easter, Good Friday, Golf, Dr. Tim Kimmel

Friday.  Late morning.  Approximately 11:45a.m.  Mount of Olives Country Club.  The two dignitaries stood side by side studying the 14th hole.  It was a mild dogleg left about 346 yards from the blue tees. From their vantage point they could see the Beautiful Gate into Jerusalem just beyond the KidronValley.  Dazzling sunlight, the only bright […]

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02
Apr
2015

A Favorite Easter Hymn

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Easter Sunday, Easter Hymn, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

Our oldest daughter came out of the womb singing and fortunately, she could carry a tune. When she was a little girl, she would quickly pick up on the songs of the season and wear them out by the time the next holiday rolled around. One of her favorite Easter songs was called “Low in […]

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Advancing Grace, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

God’s Grace Gives Us Hope in the Midst of Tragedy Family Matters encourages people to allow God’s grace to bring beauty from ashes.   Julie and her husband John first encountered Family Matters at a “Weekend to Remember” event in 2011 and it was there that they purchased copies of the book, Grace Based Parenting, […]

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26
Feb
2015

Sad Joy

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Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  When I got the word that our son-in-law’s cancer was back, my heart sunk. It was just last year we’d watched him and our daughter walk through that dark canyon. The initial shock, the sobering implications, and then the up-hill journey through chemo and radiation—with all of their side effects—had gotten them to a […]

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18
Feb
2015

Next Week Never Comes

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next week, parenting, life's moments, Family Matters

  It’s a small decision, but a decision none the less.   I have decided to stop saying that “next week will be better.” Not “better” as in- this week is bad. Just “better” in that I will have more time, things will be less stressful, we will have fewer commitments and overall life will […]

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13
Feb
2015

When Virtues Collide

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Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters, Grace based parenting

As Maryland blizzards go, it turned out to be one of the biggest of the decade. I was in Junior High so it was a while before some of you were born. It doesn’t matter. It happened. We got out of school for four days. It was one of those glorious events that seemed so […]

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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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05
Feb
2015

A Hill To Die On

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A Hill to Die On, Laura Petherbridge, StepFamilies, Grace Based Parenting, Family Matters Blog, Dinner, eating healthy

{Originally published in 2013} “I can’t get my stepkids to eat healthy foods,” a stepmom shared with me.   “When they are at their mom’s house they eat fast food and stuff filled with chemicals. But at our house I feel it’s important to eat a lot of vegetables and everything organic.” She continued. “This […]

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20
Jan
2015

Her Name was Joy

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joy, guardian angel, childhood depression

  Not many people can claim that they really believe in angels. Most people would say seeing is believing.  I am one of the few that can claim they believe. I believe because I have seen.   As some of you may have read in previous posts, I have battled with depression for quite a […]

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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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