08
Apr
2015
School uniforms, Grace Based parenting, Family matters, Joey Espinosa

  You probably have opinions about school uniforms. I know I did when I was in school (I detested the idea!). This issue recently came up in our family, as our we looked into school options for our daughter. One of the schools required a uniform, and as free-spirited, art-loving,  teenage girl, you can probably […]

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07
Apr
2015

He Caught My Eye

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Family Matters, single parenting, Grace Based parenting, Sue Birdseye

  I have spent the last several years learning to walk on the water in the midst of life’s storms.  Like Peter, I have had steps on the water and some where I’m most definitely sinking. I’ve been hanging on for dear life in the hurricane, rocking on the waves but getting my sea legs, working […]

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06
Apr
2015
Parenthood, Special Needs, Grace based parenting, Family matters, Cindi Ferrini

  Wouldn’t you love to know how many times you and I have been asked, “HOW do you do it?” I love the proverbial, “If I had a dime for every time I was asked that question, I’d be rich!” as one possible answer to that.   When asked “How do you do it?” I […]

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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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31DOP_Day31

DAY 31 : GRACE  “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14  {ESV} Charles Wesley, on the one year anniversary of his conversion penned the great hymn “Oh For a Thousand […]

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31DOP_Day30

DAY 30 : UNITY “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” – Col. 3:14 {ESV} One by one, the musicians in the orchestra seat themselves on stage – each warming up by playing scales, notes and parts of the music they’ve prepared. None of it sounds very good because […]

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31DOP_Day29

DAY 29 : MATE  ”Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” – Matthew 19:5  {ESV} When my cousin was a young’en he knelt down by his bed, bowed his head and prayed this simple, heartfelt, life changing prayer… “Now I […]

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31DOP_Day28

DAY 28 : MISSION “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10 {ESV} “What is my mission in life going to be?” This is one of three big questions that every parent has the privilege of helping their child […]

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