Chores: A Fresh Perspective

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Chores as Training

When making moment-by-moment decisions throughout the day, author Kim Brenneman suggests that we ask ourselves the following two questions: “Is this activity glorifying God and serving Him?” “Are my first priorities taken care of?” She suggests that routinely thinking through these questions is a habit Christian women should deliberately foster, and I’m inclined to agree. To be honest, though, it’s… Read more »

Are You Saying Yes to Things that Really Matter?

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the release of the film version of OKLAHOMA by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and I’ve uploaded a new music video to YouTube in honor of the occasion. It’s a recording of “I Can’t Say No” (the way Ado Annie would have sung it were she a 2015 soccer mom instead of a 1907 pioneer girl)…. Read more »

7 Ways to Ruin Your Marriage

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7 Ways to Ruin Your Marriage

Earlier this week, I spotted a clever post on Money Saving Mom called 5 Ways to Ruin Your Day — Guaranteed. Of course, nobody sets out with that goal in mind, but as I read through her list, I realized that from time to time, I’ve been guilty of every single one of them (with the possible exception of #3)…. Read more »

The Choice is Yours

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Love is not a feeling. It's a choice.

Jane Austen once wrote, “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.” But that doesn’t ring quite true. Experience has proven time and again that chance has much less to do with happiness than do attitude and outlook. Austen might have more accurately written, “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of choice.” Our success in marriage, as in… Read more »

Q&A: What If My Drive is Stronger than His?

What if my husband's sex drive is lower than mine? Q&A from Loving Life at Home....

QUESTION: “Your book [Love Your Husband/ Love Yourself] mainly deals with wives who are denying their husbands of sex. What if it’s the other way around and the husband has a lower drive than the wife?” ANSWER: The Bible teaches that the husband has a responsibility to the wife in this area, just as surely as the wife has a… Read more »

To the Mother whose Child is Leaving Home

Letter to the Mom whose Child is Leaving Home

You knew it was coming. From the first moment you held that tiny baby in your arms, you knew the day would dawn when you’d have to let her go. But it came much sooner than you expected, didn’t it? The child who yesterday was snuggling in your lap has almost overnight transformed into a wonderful young adult who is… Read more »

Q&A: I Feel Like I’m Living with Jekyll & Hyde

What to do when you find yourself married to a man with a Jekyll & Hyde personality...

We’ve received several questions through our family blog lately that deal with subjects better suited to this forum, so I’ve decided to publish my responses here, in case other readers are dealing with similar situations. Here’s the first: QUESTION: Hi, Jennifer. I would like to know how you would deal with a husband that is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr…. Read more »

Helping Siblings become Friends

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One of the first things people usually notice about our children is how well they get along. Sure, they have occasional squabbles, but that is the exception rather than the rule. For the most part, they really love and admire one another and enjoy being in each other’s company. They are friends. When people ask us how this came to… Read more »

A Prayer for the Sick

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Praying for the Sick - free printable prayer guide

A friend of mine recently asked me to pray for her nephew, who is presently fighting a recurrence of a malignant brain cancer known as medulloblastoma. His name is Gabe — if you’d like to send up a prayer for him, too, I know they’d be grateful — and he graduated from high school the day before this latest tumor… Read more »

Fathers Matter (Every Day of the Year)

Fathers Matter!

Last Sunday was Father’s Day — a day for celebrating the parent that goes largely unnoticed and under-appreciated the rest of the year. Dads are under-appreciated partly because our society is no longer conditioned to hold fathers in high esteem. Fathers have long been a favorite target of television sitcoms, where the vast majority of them are depicted as inept,… Read more »