27
Jun
2014

Vantage Point

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vantage point

“Be careful Elizabeth. Not all dogs are friendly. You’ll have to wait until his owner returns to pet him.” I say these instructions as my three year old daughter positions herself to pet the shiny black dog standing as tall as she with a head resembling a pit bull. With whiney words she responds, “But […]

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High Cost of High Control, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family matters, Grace Based parenting, Resource of the month

  “In {the} “Appearance is everything” homes, a child might be struggling from the friction between his parents, but he’s forbidden to mention anything to relatives or teachers who could offer him emotional support while his parents work out their differences. Or a family might be experiencing a series of financial setbacks, but their daughter […]

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25
Jun
2014

The Nehemiah Mom

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Nehemiah Mom, Grace Based parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters, Mothers, Serving

  If you and I are friends on Facebook (and, if we aren’t, we need to fix that,) then you are privy to my daily musings on motherhood. I’m not even kidding when I tell you that these confessions are usually written while hiding in the bathroom in a desperate attempt to steal just a […]

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High Cost of High Control, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family matters, Grace Based parenting, Resource of the month

  “There’s no doubt that controlling others by “mugging” works. It also stinks!  The capacity to emotionally mug others seems to be innate within the human heart. It only comes to the surface if we let it out, and it gains effectiveness the more we use it. Obviously, those who use this method need to […]

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23
Jun
2014

Hope in Real Life

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Hope in Real Life, Family matters blog, Grace Based Parenting

  Emily Dickinson called hope “the thing with feathers that perches in the soul,” which implies something important about hope. It has to land somewhere.   We know what it’s like to hear messages of hope that don’t have a branch to perch upon. From “There, there, it will all turn out okay” to “Trust […]

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20
Jun
2014
mom and daughter

We all love our kids.  We all want them to grow up to be upstanding members of society that make a difference in the world.  I hope we spend more days than not feeling like we are doing things well, but we would be wise to admit that sometimes we get  into parenting habits that […]

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High Cost of High Control, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family matters, Grace Based parenting, Resource of the month

“No matter how we slice it, when we assume control in areas of people’s lives where God has not privileged us, it inevitably backfires. When we tally the negative effects of controlling some other person’s life, it’s easy to see why it isn’t worth it. Let me list a few reasons:   Regardless of the […]

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18
Jun
2014

Walk the Walk {of Salvation}

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Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace based parenting, Family Matters

I’m not a culture warrior. I’m sure there’s a place for them, but it’s not my gig. I’m a freedom fighter.   The storyline has been recycled ever since the first wild animal was supposedly tamed:   A Vegas act comes to an abrupt halt when a tiger suddenly mauls the guy who trained him […]

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High Cost of High Control, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family matters, Grace Based parenting, Resource of the month

“In the two decades your children will live under the shade of your love, what is the most important quality you want them to learn from you? There are many noble character traits, but if they aren’t seasoned with grace, those qualities will not imprint your children’s souls the way you would like. Selfish control […]

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16
Jun
2014

Self{ie} Help

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Selfie Help, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Michelle Hutchison, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  I think selfies are funny- mostly because we often show the side of ourselves we want others to see…   …but that might not actually exist in real life.   Take my Facebook profile photo for example. I talked to someone recently who saw this selfie before actually meeting me in person. Their take? […]

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