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Relevant Update

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Steph and I had a wonderful time at the Relevant Conference:  a blogging conference for Christian women. We were very impressed with all the speakers and the amazing wisdom they had to share. I appreciated that the conference speakers didn’t spend much time focusing on typical blogging topics such as advertising, monetization, increasing traffic and subscribers, Search Engine Optimization, etc.  They had a few wonderful breakout sessions covering some of these practical subjects, but their main priority was to ask the question of us “Christian Bloggers:” How are you representing Christ with your blog? They put the spotlight on our hearts and encouraged authenticity, humility and grace.  Less “how to” and more “why to.”

Family Matters is very pleased with our decision to sponsor the event. It’s always a risk to try something new, to be an early participant on the front side of a trend, but we’re so glad that we took this risk.  We made so many amazing connections with the Christian women on the front lines of the Christ-loving, soul seeking, blogging revolution. We were even more pleased to be able to send them home with a Kids Flag Page kit to use with their kids and then share with their readers.  The impact of this weekend could be very powerful for Family Matters and we know that regardless of outcome, God was present in that place and that He had gone before us to prepare all of our hearts to receive the wonderful messages of the weekend.

Karis, Kristen and Steph -

A special thanks to Sara Mae of Like a Warm Cup of Coffee, Jessica Heights of Mothering Heights and Dana Adams of Mrs. Money Saver. You ladies had a really big dream when you spun this idea to put together the first-of-its-kind Christian Women blogging conference that is Relevant.  I’m so glad you had the courage, faith and tenacity to follow through on such an audacious plan.  God met you there and He was glorified!

Steph, Sarah Mae and Karis - THANKS Sarah Mae for all of your work!

Karis Kimmel Murray is the author of Grace Based Discipline: How to Be at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst and the Creative Director of Family Matters®, a ministry who’s internationally hosted parenting and marriage events, radio and television broadcasts, articles, videos, website and best-selling books (written by Karis’ parents and Family Matters’ founders Dr. Tim and Darcy Kimmel,) Grace Based Parenting and Grace Filled Marriage, have been used by God to transform tens of thousands of families into instruments of His restoration and reformation.
Karis writes and speaks for Family Matters as a voice to the next generation of parents. Karis is co-host of The Family Matters Minute, a nationally syndicated one-minute radio segment heard by millions of listeners every weekday.
Karis lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Mike, their two teenage daughters and a ragamuffin menagerie of pets.