Easter, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Celebrate

People often wonder why the Friday before Easter is called “Good” Friday. When you learn the details of what took place that day, they seem anything but good. From the weight of Jesus carrying His cross to Golgotha, to the Crown of Thorns He bore, and the nails driven through His hands and feet, how […]

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16
Apr
2019

As Easter approaches, we are coming to a very holy time of year. If Christmas is the bow and wrappings of our faith then Easter is what’s inside the package. Somehow though, Easter doesn’t get the same billing as Christmas. Yes, Easter has its own super character, its own candy line and retailers depend upon […]

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11
Apr
2019

I Will Freak Out

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Easter, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Celebrate

Sometimes the things that take us off guard are the words our children speak. For us, there are many memories of family times away from home over holidays, and many particularly at Easter since we’d often be in Florida. Sometimes it would be “Easter church at the condo” where the children ran the church service […]

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I should have the answer. After all, I wrote the bible study on it. Balancing the Active Life. (A newly updated version is now available at www.cindiferrini.com) I should have known what was needed when my own life became overwhelmed. But sometimes we don’t recognize what we’re in the middle of until things start falling […]

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Martin Luther King Jr Day, Family Matters, Grace based parenting

Whether your group is called a Small Group, Life Group, Home Group, Fellowship Group or any other other trendy term that is out there these days, the fact of the matter is that these groups are made up people and are intended to help each person walk deeper with Christ and enrich their faith. For […]

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Discipline is one of the hardest, but most important jobs that we do as parents. Loving, grace-based discipline is built on a foundation of heart-connected relationships as well as rules and boundaries that develop our kids’ character. Even with solid foundations and positive relationships with our kids, we will still have to correct them when […]

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14
Feb
2019

A Lesson in True Love

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I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day.  I love the hearts and flowers and the pink and red and the sugar and smiles.  I love the perforated cards sold in cardboard boxes that schoolchildren give to their classmates.  I love this day.  It is a sparkly, glittery, girly-girl kind of holiday and deep inside – well, really […]

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We have 3 children. For the most part we feel we’ve been able to express our love well to each of our children even though (we all admit) there were times when we had to concentrate more on the special needs of our son, which may have looked like we loved him more. Nothing could […]

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09
Jan
2019

We can’t ever remember setting goals for the New Year in January; but we always used that month to discuss our previous year in light or what we’d hoped to see happen and accomplished in our New Year, so at the start of February, we listed our goals! We would add things we felt were […]

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19
Dec
2018

Every year, one of my favorite moments of the Christmas season is when I get into my car after leading the Christmas Eve services at my church. After months of planning and work culminating in Christmas Eve, the church clears out and I slip into my car alone. The December air is crisp and cool […]

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