Monthly Archives: February 2011

Who Needs a Dinner Bell?

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The first home we ever owned was situated at the mouth of a cozy little cul-de-sac, which gave every neighbor on the block an unobstructed view of our house and yard. Clearly, then, my husband was not thinking of my reputation when he slapped the lid on my flaming hash-browns one Saturday morning and rushed out to the front curb… Read more »

A Fish without Fins

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m posting a poem I wrote for my husband even before he became my husband. I gave it to him way back in February of 1987, and he still proposed a month later, so he obviously wasn’t marrying me for my poetic devices. I hope you’ll enjoy my little walk down memory lane. You’ll be gratified… Read more »

Show Some Appreciation

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As soon as my husband made it to work yesterday morning, he called home to say that he’d broken his glasses and could I please bring him his back-up pair? I was still in my fuzzy bathrobe, so I quickly changed clothes, grabbed my coat and keys, and drove over to the hospital to make the delivery. Being out in… Read more »

Dealing with a Difficult Mother-in-Law

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Dealing with Difficult Inlaws

A friend of mine recently asked my advice for dealing with an overly-critical mother-in-law. No matter what my friend does, it is never enough, and she is growing tired of even trying to make this woman happy. What follows are a few guidelines I gave her for living at peace with demanding personalities. This strategy works equally well with difficult… Read more »

Pray Your Way to a Smoother Day

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I was reading the biography of George Muller aloud to my children this week and ran across a quote concerning the value of prayer. Muller claimed that “four hours of work after an hour of prayer would accomplish more than five hours without prayer.” It was a belief that he faithfully put into practice throughout his life. Muller’s comment brought… Read more »

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