Author Archives: Jennifer Flanders

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 »

The #1 Choking Hazard

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Do you know what the #1 choking hazard is?

Do you know what the #1 choking hazard for children is? I thought I knew. After all, that has been my husband’s catchphrase for more than two decades now. “Don’t let the baby get hold of that,” he warns with predictable frequency, “it’s the number one choking hazard.” I’ve always accepted this statement without question, assuming Doug was citing some… Read more »

Breathe Some LIFE Back into Your Marriage

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Does your marriage feel like it needs resuscitating? Maybe it’s time to breathe some LIFE back into your relationship: L = Laugh. Your husband still wants to have fun with you. Take time to do things together. Enjoy one another. Smile. Laugh. I = Intercede. Couples who pray together stay together. The rate of divorce drops to less than 1%… Read more »

Don’t Bite the Breast that Feeds You

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My baby is cutting teeth right now. Literally. She’s lying on a pillow in my lap, nursing even as I type. About the time I think she has fallen asleep and can be transferred back to her crib, she makes another last-ditch effort to help those central incisors break the surface. It’s a painful experience for both of us. I’ve… Read more »