The holidays are stressful for a multitude of reasons. One significant one is that it brings together people who are not used to being around each other and may have serious disagreements and simmering emotions that are festering. Holiday gatherings provide the perfect opportunity for them to surface. If pressed into an unavoidable conversation, how should you start it?
In our closest relationships we desire to have a voice that influences each person’s life. We expect that a spouse, child, relative or co-worker will take our opinions seriously. When they are easily dismissed or ignored, conflict quickly escalates. In this blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explains how a speaker's credibility affects our communication during conflict.
“You start lying to yourself the minute the physical wounds go away,” a somber Rihanna told the media concerning her beating at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. Could the same be said of the fictitious Anastasia? Why, after her physical wounds healed, did she go back? The answer lies in understanding the tragic cycle that moves from tension to explosion to remorse to honeymoon. A cycle rooted in fact, not fiction.
It's one thing to recognize your hot-button issues. It's another thing to actually know how to respond well. Oftentimes, we understand what to do yet struggle with not being able to do it. We need God's help to us address these issues and bring about spiritual transformation in our lives and marriages. In this brief clip, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff poses a very important question - where do you get the power to put this knowledge into practice?
When it comes to love and commitment the message we get from society is clear –nothing lasts forever. Love, as presented in films, novels, and music, is a powerful emotion that ebbs and flows and eventually flames out. Sometimes this flameout is staggeringly short. How has the divorce culture affected our marital climate? Read on.
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