Bloom Where You’re Planted

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Love in Bloom - Are you willing to put in the work to really make your marriage blossom?

I’ll never forget my first talent show. I was in fifth grade and could hardly wait to take center stage! I had a nice singing voice, so my parents, teachers, and friends encouraged me to sing a solo for the program. But in my mind, singing was too common, too boring. I wanted to do something unique, something unexpected, something… Read more »

How to Handle a Disinterested Husband

How to Handle a Disinterested Husband | Loving Life at Home

When it comes to physical intimacy, most husbands are enthusiastic participants. But statistics show that in about 20% of marriages, it is the wife who has the stronger sex drive. This unexpected role reversal can be agonizingly difficult for those who have to live with it. It is no less frustrating for a wife to continually have her need for… Read more »

More than Enough

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Our lives are busy. Our time and resources are limited. Our responsibilities pile up to such a degree that we cannot possibly accomplish them all on our own. Yet we try. Too often, we live crisis to crisis, with a vague sense of guilt that we can’t stay more on top of all the demands placed upon us. No sooner… Read more »

Our Starting Point

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Prayer Works | Loving Life at Home

“Prayer works. Prayer is work. Prayer leads to work.” This is a quote I copied, without attribution, into the back of my Bible some thirty-plus years ago. I know that the operative word here is prayer, but I sometimes act as if the most important word were work. Have you ever been guilty of that? When your list of pressing… Read more »

My “Do It Now” List

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My "Do It Now" List | Loving Life at Home

As important as it is to remember that life doesn’t end when our last child leaves home, it is even more imperative for us to recognize that that time will arrive much sooner than we think. Which is why, on the back of my “Empty Nest List”, I keep a “Do It Now List” — for all those fleeting pleasures… Read more »

Our Daily Lifeline

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"If you only pray when you're in trouble, you're in trouble." | Loving Life at Home

As fitting and appropriate as it is to call upon God from the foxhole, prayer should really be our first and natural response in all of life’s circumstances. When awed by His works, we should praise Him. When struck by His greatness, we should worship Him. When encumbered by doubts, we should trust in Him. When ensnared by sin, we… Read more »

My Empty Nest List

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My Empty Nest List | Loving Life At Home

I distinctly remember crying when my firstborn was only four days old, because our time together was ticking by so fast. And sure enough, it seems like I barely blinked before he was grown and gone, with a wife and four sons of his own. Although I still had nine little chicks in my nest when that first one fledged… Read more »

My Preschooler Put Me in a Padded Cell

Have you ever noticed what a great sense of humor God has? Back in the days when I thought that my home had to look picture perfect for me to entertain guests, my children did their best to make sure it didn’t, and I sometimes wonder whether God didn’t put them up to their antics, just to keep their mama… Read more »

Home Shows and Show Homes

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Home Shows and Show Homes | Loving Life at Home

I once walked into a house I thought was on a holiday tour of homes and wandered through several rooms before realizing in embarrassment that I was at the wrong address. Fortunately, the home owners were hosting a party at the time, so I was was able to slip away quietly without making too much of a scene. But the… Read more »

11 Tips for Facing Frustration

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11 Strategies for Facing Frustration with Fortitude and Grace | Loving Life at Home

Frustration is something we all face from time to time. The question is, how do we respond? Do life’s trials make us bitter… or better? Do they cause us to sink or to soar? It takes wisdom and maturity to swallow disappointment without complaint. Any two-year-old can throw a tantrum, but if we hope to do more than survive setbacks… Read more »