113 episodes

Karis Murray and Michelle Broek believe that no one should parent children alone. And even more, that we should all parent with grace. The grace based families podcast is a conversation between two moms in the thick of parenting children leaning into God's grace as they try to extend his grace to their children. Grace Based Families is a podcast of Family Matters ministry.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 32 Ratings

Karis Murray and Michelle Broek believe that no one should parent children alone. And even more, that we should all parent with grace. The grace based families podcast is a conversation between two moms in the thick of parenting children leaning into God's grace as they try to extend his grace to their children. Grace Based Families is a podcast of Family Matters ministry.

    How to Deal with Toxic Shame

    How to Deal with Toxic Shame

    Grace Based Families Podcast

    Dec 06, 2023

    Episode 113
    Hosts: Michelle Broek, Karis Murray
    In this episode, we delve into the depths of toxic shame, a misunderstood and complex emotion. We explore its differences from guilt and embarrassment, drawing from Brene Brown's research, highlighting the connection between shame and detrimental behaviors such as addiction, violence, and depression.

    Focusing on the impact of shame on mental health, particularly those struggling with undiagnosed ADHD, we discuss how messages from significant individuals can fuel shame. We emphasize the importance of accepting one's identity and the role of professional counseling and medication in managing ADHD symptoms. The episode concludes with a call to embrace 'neurodivergence', view it as a gift, and create safe spaces for it.

    We discuss the power of parental love in disengaging from shame and how modeling vulnerability can help children grow into emotionally intelligent adults.


    Send your question, comment and prayer requests to: family@gracebasedfamilies.com


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    • 31 min
    Racial Unity and the Church

    Racial Unity and the Church

    Grace Based Families Podcast

    Nov 22, 2023


    Episode 112
    Host: Karis Murray
    Guest: Sam Melvin, Executive Director of Church and Race

    Karis and Sam explore the deeply rooted issue of racism within the church. Sam shares his personal experiences as a black man attending a predominantly white church, and how his faith has guided him through these challenges. Our conversation delves into the interpretation of racism in the Bible, systemic racism ingrained in the U.S., and the role of the church during the Civil Rights Movement.

    In the latter part of the episode, Sam provides valuable insights on the importance of repentance, forgiveness, and open dialogue in the pursuit of racial unity and reconciliation. Through his powerful analogy of racial unity to a marriage, Sam underscores the need for mutual respect, submission, and understanding. We also reflect on the critical work done by the Church and Race ministry, emphasizing the importance of sticking to their mission to achieve racial unity. This episode serves as an eye-opening journey towards racial reconciliation in the church, and we invite you to join us in this essential conversation.


    The Church and Race website coming soon
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    • 33 min
    Ask Tim #3 Chores, Media, and My Spouse Has Changed!

    Ask Tim #3 Chores, Media, and My Spouse Has Changed!

    Grace Based Families Podcast

    Nov 8, 2023


    Episode 111
    Host: Michelle Broek
    Guest: Dr. Tim Kimmel

    Q1. How can people navigate the changes and differences that inevitably occur in marriages?

    Michelle asks Tim to provide insights into the common challenges couples face as they evolve over time. The discussion touches on how changes can sometimes lead to disconnect, and the host asks for practical strategies to help couples manage these differences, maintain a strong bond, and promote healing and growth in the relationship.

    Q2. How can parents encourage their children to take on more responsibility around the home?

    In this question, Michelle explores the issue of instilling responsibility in children, particularly in relation to chores. The discussion seeks to understand the best approaches for motivating children to participate in household tasks and contribute to the family unit.

    Q3. How can parents effectively guide their children in a world heavily influenced by digital media and potentially harmful content?

    Michelle raises the concern about children's exposure to potentially harmful content on digital platforms and asks Tim for advice on how to manage this. The question aims to gather strategies for parents to help their children navigate the digital world responsibly and safely.


    Send your question, comment and prayer requests to: family@gracebasedfamilies.com
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    • 34 min
    Breaking the Cycle of Codependency

    Breaking the Cycle of Codependency

    Grace Based Families Podcast

    October 25, 2023


    Episode #110
    Host: Karis Murray, Michelle Broek

    Michelle delves into the personal experience of growing up in a family plagued by codependency. Primarily revolving around the struggles of her brother's mental illness, she shares her journey of misunderstanding the concept of codependency, often confusing it with mere neediness. Michelle describes how she adopted a posture of self-sufficiency and people-pleasing to alleviate her family's turmoil. Michelle's personal narrative aims to highlight the roots of codependency in fear and deep concern for others, ultimately demystifying its manifestations in various relationships.

    The conversation transitions into the importance of setting boundaries, stressing that it is not an act of selfishness but a necessity for personal well-being. Karis & Michelle discuss common misconceptions about boundaries and address the pressure of being constantly available for others. They emphasize the importance of establishing boundaries not just with others but also with oneself. The discussion leads into the exploration of false beliefs, fear-based emotions, and the need to please others, identifying these as potent drivers behind unhealthy codependent patterns.

    The episode concludes on a hopeful note, underscoring the power of taking small moments of autonomy for self-care and discovering one's identity outside the context of relationships. Putting Jesus in the center of one's life can lead to healthier thinking and behavior. This episode presents an enlightening discussion on navigating codependency and setting boundaries, aiming to provide listeners with a deeper understanding of these complex concepts and their importance in maintaining personal well-being.


    Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie
    Celebrate Recovery: https://www.celebraterecovery.com/resources/issue-pamphlets?view=article&id=303:ip-co-dependency&catid=117/
    Parents of Addicted Loved Ones: https://palgroup.org/


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    • 45 min
    Walking Through Deconstruction

    Walking Through Deconstruction

    Grace Based Families Podcast

    September 27, 2023


    Episode 109
    Host: Karis Kimmel
    Guest: Ted Wueste, founder and director of the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona

    Karis & Ted shed light on how one can critically reassess Christian doctrine, beliefs, and practices, while still maintaining their faith. We also discuss the role of digital age in the public view of faith deconstruction, the wisdom of early church on this transformational process, and the inherent dangers and fear that come along with it.

    As we delve further into the conversation, we explore the challenges of parenting during faith deconstruction. Drawing from Ted's personal experiences, we discuss how to support children during their own process of deconstruction and lean on God for guidance.

    Finally, we share valuable insights on maintaining relationships amid Christian faith deconstruction, creating a safe space for exploration, and celebrating the divine work happening in their lives. Whether you're wrestling with your faith or supporting someone who is, this episode offers valuable insights.


    The Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona website: sfsaz.org/
    Dr. Ted Wueste at Amazon.com
    Send your question, comment and prayer requests to: family@gracebasedfamilies.com
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    • 42 min
    Divorce and the Church

    Divorce and the Church

    Grace Based Families Podcast

    Sep 27, 2023


    Episode 108
    Host: Karis Murray
    Guest: Adrienne Gibson

    In this podcast episode, host Karis shares her personal experience with divorce and the often overlooked aftermath that follows. Joined by Adrienne Gibson, a licensed counselor specializing in complex trauma, they delve into the intricacies of trauma and abuse within marriages, emphasizing the importance of support networks, therapy, and the role of the church. They explore the phenomenon of complex trauma caused by chronic stress, often unnoticed, which further adds to the harm experienced by individuals.

    The episode underscores the importance of recognizing and addressing trauma and advocates for professional therapeutic help. They discuss the need for a robust support group and creating a safe space during trauma recovery. The conversation further emphasizes the importance of mindful emotional processing, even when challenging, and the continuous evolution of healing. This episode is a candid exploration of the commonality of divorce, its profound impact, and the need for improved understanding and support in communities.


    Adrienne's counseling group: valorcounselingaz.com
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Boymommy43 ,

Great balanced Christian Podcast!

Good advice, Funny conversations, and overall very encouraging!

erinwin22 ,

One of my new favorites!

This podcast is so fun to listen to and has really encouraged me in my parenting. I am constantly reminded of God’s grace and how I should be extending it to my kids. It reminds me not to sweat the small stuff. I share these episodes with my friends and family all the time. Thanks and keep up the great work!

I'm the Fun Mom ,

Real and Organic

Karis and Michelle are fun and real. They know their stuff, but they don’t come off as know-it-all’s. These podcasts are packed with great information and parenting tips, but are so encouraging because it’s clear that Michelle and Karis are moms just like us.

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