Blog  /   Archive: Mental Health

beauty, cosmetic industry, Family matters, Karis Murray

  Body image is hotter than ever as a cultural idol. The fashion, fitness, weight-loss and cosmetics industries spend billions every year to convince you that there is a lot you can do to be more beautiful, and conveniently, they have the product/workout/pill/diet/potion/procedure to help you get there. Yet, every year the cancer of self-loathing […]

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08
Sep
2014
life event checklist, grace based parenting, Family Matters, Bledsoe, Tim Kimmel

  It’s called a Life Event Checklist.   It includes milestones like marriage, birth of a child, that same child starting college, divorce, and losing a job.  Insurance companies, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, and financial advisors use these lists in risk assessment. That’s because Life Events—the good and the bad ones—are loaded with […]

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22
May
2014
family matters, mental health, childhood depression, depression, grace based parenting, Jenny Gillespie, 31 days of prayer for your spouse

  …and let the childhood song resonate with you just a bit longer.   Don’t know what I am referring to?   “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but he is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, […]

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Acceptance, Chris and Teri Bledsoe, Grace Based Parenting, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  You’ve met them, the parents who have “given up” on their child, the dad who has lost all hope, the mom who acquiesced to her grief long ago. Their faces haunt you. These are the parents who used to frighten us the most. We did not want to become like them. The way we […]

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30
Apr
2014
Overcoming Insecurity, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Karis Murray

  Insecurity. We all battle it. It’s at the core of our fallen nature. I’m even feeling a bit nervous about writing this post, about offering my advice, since you might think that I’m being a self-righteous know-it-all. *See what I did there?* Insecurity is both toxic self-loathing, and inflated self-love. It’s as though our […]

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21
Apr
2014

Let It Go

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Let it Go, Frozen, Disney movie, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Michelle Hutchison, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  Okay, okay, I apologize for the gratuitous “Frozen” reference in the title of this blog. If you have young children, I know you’ll understand how quickly a parent’s life becomes saturated with “kid culture.” At this moment in my life, MOPS doesn’t stand for “Mothers of Preschoolers.” It stands for “Mother Obligingly Playing Soundtracks.” […]

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Family Matters, Karis Murray, Mental Health

  One in four adults and one in five youth in the United States have a diagnosable mental illness. At Family Matters, we know this means nearly every family we come in contact with is impacted by mental illness. As Christians, we know we can turn to our Heavenly Father and seek His guidance and […]

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grace in the wilderness, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace, Family Matters

We definitely don’t have an Instagram family. Not even close. We’re not saying our children are not beautiful, because they are. We’re just saying that no amount of cropping or color-saturating or captioning can make where we are as a family “look pretty.” That’s if we’re honest. And if we have anything to give here, […]

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Advancing Grace, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

Reaching Families in the Wilderness Family Matters reaches parents in the lonely wilderness of extreme challenges – with the hope and healing of God’s grace! Every parent embarks on the parenting journey with a mental picture of what lies ahead.  Few set out envisioning extreme adversity.  No, most set sail on the parenting cruise ship […]

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04
Sep
2013
Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

“Mental Health” is a new series that will explore the stories and experiences of our staff and guest writers and how they deal with their own mental health.  Family Matters felt it appropriate to create such a series as it has been reported that an estimated 1 in 4 of adult Americans suffer from a […]

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