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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!


The Power of Influence pt. I

Chris Grace, Tim Muehlhoff - December 6, 2017

There are a lot of things in life that influence us, for better or for worse. Do you notice you care more about the opinion of some people more than others? Are you drawn to certain personalities over others? Do you trust people instinctively, even if you have just met them?Where does influence come from? Today, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff talk through influence, the power that it can hold in our lives, and how we can learn to be influenced by the things we want to be influenced by, rather than just anything we encounter. 


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? Today, 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? 

 

Are Close Friends of the Opposite-Sex Okay After Marriage?

Chris Grace, Tim Muehlhoff - November 22, 2017

Friendship can be a strong source of joy and encouragement in your life, both same-sex and opposite-sex friendships. However, when you marry, there are different perspectives on whether or not those close friendships of the opposite-sex should continue. Listen as Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff approach this issue from different perspectives. Which side of the issue do you find yourself on?

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