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what we all want from our relationships

healthy relationships

Connection and enjoyment. While we all enjoy some time to ourselves, it’s clear that we are wired for connection with others, as long as it is safe emotionally and otherwise. Both parties benefit from the connection, so it’s a double win. We can’t love, develop character traits like loyalty, unselfishness, kindness, forgiveness or patience without … Read more

10 Ways to Bless a Widow and her children on Father’s Day

10 Ways to Bless and Widow and Her Children on Father's Day

Father’s Day can be a very emotionally charged day for widows and their children. Widowed families are often surprised by how hard Father’s Day can become. Empowering this time takes faith, community, and planning ahead. Psalm 68:5 promises us, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” If God … Read more

how to stop thinking bad things about yourself

“You idiot — you’re so stupid!” “My dad was right — it was just a matter of time before I screwed up my marriage.” “I’m not smart enough to get a good paying job.” Here’s the Problem All of us at some point have scolded or shamed ourselves in our thoughts, some more frequently than … Read more

reconnecting as a couple after baby’s arrival

Welcoming a new baby into your home is an exciting and happy time. Even in the midst of the joy that comes with starting or expanding your family, new parents can understandably become overwhelmed and exhausted by the end of the day, and it can be difficult to focus on anything other than sleep. However, … Read more

how to stop arguing so much

how-to-stop-arguing

It happens almost without warning. All of a sudden you’re in an argument with your partner. In the back of your head you’re thinking, “Why are we having this argument? This is such a little thing.” Or, “You’re telling the story so wrong.” And the argument continues (and usually escalates) until one of you gets … Read more

guarding the heart against illusions

guard-your-heart

“I can’t believe I did that! What was I thinking!?” “Why did I fall for him? How could I have not seen what a jerk he is!” “Ugh! That business deal seemed like a can’t miss! It felt SO right, and now I’ve lost a ton of money!” We have all run across many optical … Read more

six battle tactics to beat the holiday blues

how to handle holiday blues

As she lifted the page on the calendar to reveal “December,” Sue could feel the tension in her body rising. Her throat began to tighten. Looking across the coming dates with their “command performance appearances” at her parents’ line-up of holiday parties, she thought back to her husband Jeff’s annual Thanksgiving blowout (or was it … Read more

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