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Editor’s note: This is the second of a multi-part post about the importance of special needs parents hosting family meetings. (Even if you don’t have a family member with special needs, this advice is helpful.)  Begin by reading Part 1 and learn about the benefits of regular family meetings. In this article, special needs mom […]

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Dear Parents, Now more than ever, there are endless opportunities vying for our kids’ time. School and homework is enough to fill a schedule, let alone sports, clubs and extra-curricular activities. As a veteran mom and a youth group leader, I’m writing this open letter to plead with parents to prioritize church youth group for your […]

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Freedom, Election, Christian, Religion, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Thanksgiving, Therapy

By Dr. Tim Kimmel We just finished one of the most contentious political seasons in most people’s memory. It was a reminder that politics often requires us to hold our nose when we vote. But because of the emotionally charged issues on both sides of the political debate, many families find themselves deeply divided. Siblings […]

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30
Apr
2015
I am a Pile Queen, Jenny Gillespie, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters, Grace based parenting, Little House on the Freeway, Resources, Hurried Lifestyle, Rest

If you could see my house right now, you would see piles.  Neat piles, but none the less, still mountains of piles.  Rest assured I know exactly what each pile represents.  What I don’t know is how to attack each pile and when.  It seems as though time escapes me and I pass off my […]

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DAY 7 : HUMILITY “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. – Matthew 5:5 {ESV} “Ok, sweet girl, we are going for a ride,” I said to my 7 year old niece.. “I’m ready, Aunt Laura,” she replied with a big smile while sliding her Mickey Mouse sunglasses onto the top of her head. […]

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marriage, grace based parenting, joey espinosa

  When I was a kid, I never thought about getting married. I think that’s typical of most boys, and many girls, too. Even if a child talks about getting married, he or she doesn’t fully understand what that means. I don’t know if my children will get married in the future. I know that […]

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21
Jan
2015

How to Help the Hurting

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helping friends, grace based relationships, Family Matters

  I am the first to admit it. I haven’t always been great at “being there.” When someone is hurting – I don’t know what to do.   Do they want to talk about their struggle? Maybe, they would rather not.   Should I visit? I will have all of my kids with me – […]

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01
Dec
2014

Advent :: New Music

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Advent, music, Cody Kimmel, family matters

There were moments when I seriously doubted that my little brother, Cody Kimmel, would use his tremendous musical talents for good. Moments like when he borrowed my tight leather pants so he could play in his friend’s Queen tribute band. Or like the time he listened to my Aerosmith album 36 times in a row to hone […]

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13
Oct
2014

Changing Our Kids

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Changing our kids, Holy Spirit, Grace based parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters

  “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17   Does your child have any attitudes or behaviors that you’d like to see changed? How about in yourself? Whether your mental list has one thing or one hundred, we […]

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02
Oct
2014

Before You Boycott

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{originally published in 2012} It seems to be an ongoing trend for some Christian organizations to promote the idea that all good Christians will boycott certain business establishments because of their business policies regarding political and social issues in society. This is a great idea.  But, I really think we need to go all the […]

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