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

We’re already busy, but being busy doesn’t exempt any of us from serving beyond our own family and comfort level. We’re not trying to send anyone on a guilt trip, but when others see that we can serve when we have so many limitations already caring for one (or more) with needs, they see what […]

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This post is an excerpt from the book Basic Training for a Few Good Men, by Dr. Tim Kimmel. ******************************************************************************************** I stood on the edge of the floating memorial spanning the deck of the USS Arizona and tried to imagine how horrifying it must have been that Sunday morning back in 1941 when the Japanese fighter […]

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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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