One hallmark of authentic Christian relationships is consistently putting a friend or spouse’s needs above our own, yet we are often blind to our own selfish inclinations. That's why Scripture advocates regular times of solitude and self-reflection. The problem is research shows that we don't really know how to comfortably be alone with our thoughts, choosing instead to use our smart phones and other technologies for entertainment and distraction. In today's blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explores practical ways to exercise the discipline of solitude, which in turn can strengthen our relationships.
During conflict, it's common for people to protect themselves by become defensive - especially if they feel like they are being criticized or attacked. But it’s really a way of casting the blame on your partner. So how do you receive criticism in a productive way without becoming defensive or taking it personally? And how can you share something that's bothering you without criticizing? In today's post, Alisa Grace and Willa Williams discuss practical, healthy ways that we can share complaints without criticism or defensiveness.
Relationships are hard work, and parenting is certainly no exception. Child psychologists say that ages zero to six are extremely formative in a child's self-identity, making it critical to establish a healthy parenting philosophy early on. In today's podcast, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff break down results from a classic Harvard case study that explores the relationship between parenting and a child's development.
With Mother's Day right around the corner, it seems only appropriate we commemorate mothers, and specifically mothers-in-law. Since a great deal of women will have the joy of becoming a mother-in-law someday, it's important to understand the delicate dynamic and new territory that comes with that special relationship. In today's post, Alisa Grace provides practical suggestions on how to become the best mother-in-law you always hoped you'd be.
While humans naturally long to be loved, known, and understood in a long-term relationship, statistics show that 44% of people are single in the U.S. And although we all inevitably experience a period of singleness, that does not mean we are "doomed to a life of loneliness and waiting." In today's video, Carrie Stockton explores perceptions of singleness in the U.S. and compares it to a biblical understanding of how God wants us to develop a robust life as an unmarried individual.
Generally speaking, self-confidence is a universally attractive feature. Men especially find a woman's confidence appealing, particularly when it's rooted in the security of her faith, her self-worth and her place in the world. If you're feeling unsure of yourself, what are some practical ways to cultivate holy self-assurance? In today's post, Alisa Grace shares some qualities of a confident christian woman and how to become one.
As discussed in our previous podcast, calling a "relational truce" means designating a period of time where you agree not to talk about the issue that is causing conflict. While it can be beneficial to a relationship, there can also be negative consequences to this method of conflict resolution. In today's podcast Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff continue their discussion on relational truces, specifically focusing on how to avoid pitfalls of these truces.
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