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How Hard Is Forgiveness, Really?

Chris Grace, Tim Muehlhoff - January 2, 2019


"You know you have forgiven someone when you wholeheartedly pray they would be blessed." In conflict, emotions are heightened and disagreements carry more weight. Even in the midst of deep differences, we are called to forgive people. Sometimes we are hurt by those who we are closest to. How do we own forgiveness when we need to apologize for something? How do we forgive someone when they ask for it? Walking out these steps can make forgiveness more meaningful and more restorative for your relationship.


A Different Kind of New Year's Resolution

Willa Williams - January 1, 2019

Have you heard them yet? Have you made some for yourself? New Year's resolutions go hand in hand with the start of every new year. In this blog post, Willa Williams encourages you to consider making a New Year's resolution to be kinder to people around you, rather than just being nice. Do those sound like the same thing? Try this resolution for this next year!


Create Christmas Traditions To Remember

Jessica Brest - December 25, 2018

The Christmas season is a special time of year for people everywhere! In response to the joy and suspense-filled time of year, families and friends have come up with traditions that they carry with them in order to make the season more memorable. No matter where you are this season or who you have around you, these are some traditions that you can implement into your holidays to keep this time of year festive!


Turning Conflict Into An Ally

Biola CMR - December 20, 2018

Kenny and Rylie began dating as college students and decided to get engaged. Soon, they recognized that her history of a painful past relationship and their poor communication and conflict management skills were damaging their relationship. They wanted to be intentional about building a marriage that would last a lifetime, so they sought help from the CMR.


Through Rose-Colored Glasses: Developing Healthy Views Of Yourself

Jennifer Jones - December 18, 2018

Have you ever thought of where your perspective on the world comes from? In the same way that a pair of sunglasses gives the world around you a certain color, the same is true of our psychological filters. In this article, Jennifer Jones, LMFT shares how to recognize your filters, how to begin changing negative ones for the better, and how to find God in the process. 


How Will People Know You Love Someone?

Chris Grace - December 12, 2018

As Christians, we are supposed to love people, not just in word but also in deed. Does that sound familiar? It's pulled right out of Scripture. We are supposed to show others that we love them by our actions, by doing something for their benefit or their good, even in times of disagreement or difference of perspective. How often does that happen?


Why Are Holidays So Tense?

Darcie Hultberg - December 11, 2018

Dear CMR,

With Christmas around the corner, as a student, I’m a little overwhelmed – ok, really overwhelmed. I want to make things meaningful and enjoyable with my friends and family, but in the past things have been tense. Do you have any practical tips or things I can do proactively to make this Christmas season joyful and keep my sanity?

Signed,

Overwhelmed and Worried


The Story of Marriage Mentors

Biola CMR - December 6, 2018

Allow us to introduce you to Joey and Theresa. In asking them about their relationship, Theresa shared that at one time “I was at a point where I never wanted to get married again. I had already been married once and had never seen a good marriage. I was done. I had my son and wanted to stay single the rest of my life." Yet now they have a strong marriage and are mentoring younger couples. How did that happen?

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