01
Aug
2014

Quantum Time

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Father's Day, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, DIY

  As far as I can tell, quantum physics means that matter obeys different sets of contradictory laws all at the same time. Or, it means that the more accurately you measure one property of matter, the less accurately you will measure another.   Or something. I think.   In my defense, physicists can’t even […]

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31
Jul
2014

Love, Darcy | A Classic Reminder

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classic books

Every year, I start out with some reading goals. Maybe it’s an easy way to feel like I’ve accomplished something worthwhile when the annual ball drops in Times Square. And it might have something to do with the knowledge that it would be very easy for me to luxuriate in the fun and frivolity of […]

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30
Jul
2014

Yell to Protect :: Teach to Correct

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Yell to Protect, Jason Wood, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  I scared my child white and I did not regret it, then or now.  I’ve never yelled so loudly, so forcefully, with so much passion, sincerity, seriousness, and fear at anyone before, let alone a six-year old.   While vacationing at the beach, my son found a toy, a small piece of driftwood he […]

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five minutes for coffee

After ten years of being a working mom,  God opened the door for me to fulfill my dream of staying home with my babies. My head was filled with visions of morning cups of coffee while children sat contently watching Sesame Street.  My home was going to be tidy and welcoming and we would have […]

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28
Jul
2014
Men Must Pursue, Grace Based Parenting, Joey Espinosa, Family Matters

In my last post, I talked about how men are called to pursue and add energy to the world. In living out God’s call for our lives, we must reject passivity. Likewise, as a dad to two sons, I am in the process of training my sons to reject passivity in their own lives.   […]

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25
Jul
2014

Ball of Clay

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Carrie Wainwright designs, ball of clay, ivy weezner, family Matters

  We are imperfect, scarred, sometimes broken vessels but we don’t always understand why. We get angry with our children when they grow up and make mistakes that change their future or hurt their chances. We wanted to believe when they were little that they were pure…faultless. If anyone is blameless it has to be […]

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24
Jul
2014
younggirl

  As the new school year draws near or (as in Arizona, where we live) has already begun, there is a lot that we can do to improve the overall climate of our home. Here are just a few things we can do as parents to prepare our kids physically, mentally and spiritually to have […]

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23
Jul
2014

Peanut Butter and Parenting

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Peanut Butter, back to school, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  Ugh.  School is starting again soon.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of being educated, I just miss my boys and our unstructured time together when the daily grind takes them away for nine months each year.  I do love – I mean really love – school supplies, though, so I am […]

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22
Jul
2014

Feelings, God, Me and the Isrealites

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Feelings, God, Me and the Isrealites

The other day I was paying the bills and licking the envelopes (yes I am old fashioned and still write checks) and they just weren’t staying closed.  As my tongue grew raw and my patience grew thin, my son noticed I was upset and asked what was wrong.  “I can’t get the envelopes to stay […]

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burning-marriage

Dear Readers, My name is Karis Murray. I’m the Creative Director at Family Matters, and my parents, Dr. Tim and Darcy Kimmel founded this ministry in 1983. At Family Matters, we’ve always been message-bearers. Everything we do… books, conferences, speaking engagements, radio, blogging and social media is for one purpose: To carry the message of […]

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