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 »

In My Thoughts and Prayers

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Memories are curious things. A person or event from our distant past can lie dormant and forgotten in the deepest recesses of our brains for literally years at a time, only to be stirred to life in a split-second by a glimpse or sound or smell of something that calls that memory to mind. When the face of a friend… Read more »

Make Your Valentine’s Day

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As a wife, you have the ability to make your Valentine’s day, every day of the year, and you don’t even need flowers, chocolates, or greeting cards to do it. Just follow these three simple steps: And that about sums it up. No further explanation required.

How Will You Be Remembered?

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The Flanders Family: Mom and Kids

An interviewer once asked Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison how she had become such a great writer. Did she study a particular method? Read books to hone her craft? Study under famous authors? To which Morrison laughed and replied, “Oh, no, that is not why I am a great writer. I am a great writer because when I was a little… Read more »