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17
Apr
2014
Chrysanthemum

My desire to parent my children with grace means I want to teach them about having grace with others, and sharing God’s grace with others. This means they need to understand that God has a missionary heart and He desires for all peoples, everywhere, to know about Him, and it starts at home.   This […]

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14
Apr
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Stepfamily, Laura Petherbridge, The Smart Stepmom

  “Is this how you felt when Colin and Erin were born?” I softly asked Steve, my husband.   “Yes.” He replied. “And when the grandchildren begin to arrive it is one more reminder of how stepfamilies are different than first time marriages.”   Although I was very excited and happy when his grandchildren came […]

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10
Apr
2014
bible

  Too often, we allow our insecurities to dictate what we think we can do for God.  We look in the mirror and judge what we see based on the world’s definition of beauty.  We allow man’s version of success to dictate how we feel about our lives and accomplishments.   How differently would we […]

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Lost child, prodigal son, Darcy Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Why Christian kids rebel, family Matters

I recognized my friend’s number on caller ID and had mixed feelings about answering my phone.  A call from her usually meant at least a half hour of listening to a heartbroken Mom whose wayward son had done another unspeakable act of rebellion.  Drugs, car wrecks, theft, dishonoring rage, getting a girl pregnant… If there […]

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08
Apr
2014
Family Matters, Grace based parenting, Sibling Rivalry, Darcy Kimmel, fighting, tattle

  Of course, as I have said before, sibling rivalry is part of our human nature. You’ve been a parent long enough to debunk the myth that many pre-parents believe – that a “good” parent should be able to raise a well behaved kid who doesn’t fight with their sibling.(earth to innocent, come in) Unless […]

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07
Apr
2014

Constructing Peace

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Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Constructing Peace, Edy Sutherland, Grace Based Parenting

  No skills — none.   I launched in to adult life devoid of peacemaking skills.   Words like, “Go to your room and come out when you have a smile on your face.” left me a vacuum, void of know-how, to manage conflict.   Whenever a disagreement arose I would speak until heard, really […]

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Weary Mom, Grace Based parenting, Stacy Edwards, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family matters

  It’s a  whispered plea for energy as a baby cries in the middle of the night.  It’s the weary body in need of an extra dose of grace to make it through the midnight hours. It’s a request to reveal the significance of the seemingly insignificant.  It’s a need to see the purpose behind […]

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01
Apr
2014

Always Rejoicing…Sorta

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Tulips

  I’m very blessed to be part of a Titus 2 Bible study once a month.  I wish it were weekly.  This past week we met over dinner and discussed Philippians 4:1-9. I’m totally enjoying studying Philippians.  Great book. We were talking about rejoicing in the Lord. One of the questions was, “What are the […]

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27
Mar
2014

Sacred Serving

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sacred serving

Lord, what can you do with me? I have four children, elderly parents and a house where something new seems to break every day. I do not have the time, the money or the energy to do big things for you. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Everyone, at some point, has had some variation […]

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Family Matters, Angie Ryg, Family

  “What happened to his eye?” the letter from a student’s parent was asking me.  Well, luckily (not that I wouldn’t want to be there, but at least for this question, I was not to blame), I was absent that day.  But I answered her letter politely, promptly, and personally. I realized that is how […]

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