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Boundaries and Blended Families

Veola Vazquez - December 19, 2017

Boundaries are important to establish in any kind of family relationship.  Blended families have their unique struggles and managing these struggles often requires a little finesse. However, just like in all relationships, blended families thrive on healthy communication patterns. Dr. Veola Vasquez shares some insight on how to engage these difficult conversations and grow closer as a result!

 

 


Want To Encourage A Younger Married Couple? Here's How!

Chris Grace - December 13, 2017

Here at the Center, we often get questions about how to practically help encourage young married couples as they get started on their journey. What things can be done that will help them grow together, in good times and bad? What are they going to need the most help in? Dr. Chris Grace offers some very practical, simple ways to communicate your support and encouragement to newly married couples. Try some of them out and let us know how the couple responds!


The Risk of Opposite-Sex Friendships in Marriage

Chris Grace - December 12, 2017

Friends are those people that we do everyday life with. We live or work near each other, we do ministry together, we frequently connect online, or we work out in the same gym. This proximity helps us grow and sustain the relationship, and such “mere presence” leads to increased liking.  And this often leads to growing feelings of closeness or intimacy. Is there a point that becomes too close? Should those relationships be set aside completely? Dr. Chris Grace explains some of his thoughts and insight on how these friendships influence a marriage relationship!


How I Talked To My Boyfriend About Pornography pt. II

anonymous - December 5, 2017

Talking to a significant other about hard topics is difficult, especially the topic of pornography. How do you approach this topic with truth and love? Today, we share how to have this discussion with a gentle heart and a kind spirit. 

 

Have You Heard The Phrase "Think Before You Speak?"

Tim Muehlhoff - November 29, 2017

Proverbs 18:21 says, “It is folly and shame to speak before listening.” What does this mean in the context of friendships and relationships? In this video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff shows us how this Proverb is useful in conversations of disagreement and understanding. 

 

Dealing with Difficult In-laws?

Willa Williams - November 28, 2017

Dear CMR: My in-laws are having a hard time cutting the cord when it comes to my wife. They try to get involved in everything we do and it's causing us conflict. We're considering seeing a marriage counselor, but do you think her parents should be included in the marriage counseling? 

 

How I Talked To My Boyfriend About Pornography pt. I

anonymous - November 21, 2017

Never in the first year of dating my boyfriend did I think that he had ever struggled with pornography—not him: he was too good of a person! So when I heard that almost all men, especially college-aged men, have struggled with pornography at some time in their lives, I immediately thought, “At least not him!” I was so confident that he had never struggled with it, so I never thought to ask.


Can Conflict be Productive and Strengthen Your Relationship?

Chris Grace - November 15, 2017

How often does conflict show up in your relationship? How often does that conflict resolve in a way that is helpful and affirming to you? Is that even possible? Dr. Chris Grace provides insight on how to grow as a couple through the way you engage in conflict. It can re-establish your connection to the person, rather than breaking it down. Take a listen!

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