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A Word To Occasionally Absent Fathers

Tim Muehlhoff - January 15, 2019

"Describe your father in one word."

One by one, the all-male audience shouted out words like "disconnected; moody; short-tempered; encouraging; quiet; distant; friend; irritable; depressed; non-engaging."  While some of the words are positive, most center on a variation of one word: absent


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. 


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?


When They Just Push Your Buttons: 3 Steps To Controlling Your Reaction

Jessica Brest - December 4, 2018

Something I find all too easy in my relationships is that I can respond to something small in an explosive way. Not physically lashing out, but getting suddenly very emotionally upset at what my partner just said or did. That emotional outburst then turns our conversation into an argument. Does this sound familiar to you? Here are three key steps to help you control those damaging reactions to frustrating situations. 

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