Every relationship has points of tension that can evolve into fights. Couples can sometimes begin believing that disagreements and fights mean that their relationship is doomed to fail. While that isn't necessarily true, there are some signs that your relationship has taken a dangerous turn and needs to be adjusted. These four signs, outlined by marriage researcher Dr. John Gottman, are signs that your relationship may be in trouble.
"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.
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?
Young adults often are looking for more responsibility and independence from their parents; they want to use their freedom and their time in ways they choose. In this video, Dr. Veola Vasquez shares some practical tips for young adults as they try to build the trust of their parents. What do you think of her advice?
As 2018 comes to a close, Biola's Center for Marriage and Relationships (CMR) has been blessed to help strengthen all kinds of relationships from marriages and friendships to families and roommates. Using successful tools like our podcast episodes, our Marriage Mentoring curriculum, and events at universities and churches around the country, our impact has continued to grow this past year.
The CMR is completely donor-funded by generous people like you. To ensure our future impact, a couple has given a generous gift of $25,000, and they want to challenge you to match that gift by the year's end. Would you prayerfully consider making a year-end gift to the Center for Marriage and Relationships by December 31? Together, we can continue helping people build and sustain healthy, Christ-centered relationships!
Is there a textbook way that people are supposed to grow up? How should a young adult spread their wings as they grow? As any parent would probably attest, each of their children is different, so it would follow that they grow into adulthood differently. How should parents encourage a child to step into responsibility and adulthood? Take a look at this video for some advice from Dr. Veola Vazquez.
According to some sources, 60% of people today cannot go over an hour without checking their phone. That is interesting, isn't it? In our world today, so much of our life is connected to our phones or computers. Whether it emails, text messages, calendar appointments, or social media, our devices have such a strong pull for attention. In this video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff and Dr. Chris Grace explain what is going on when we try to balance technology and our relationships.
According to a leading marriage researcher, there are seven qualities of a happy marriage. If couples do these things often, their marriage will more than likely be a happy, satisfied one. The first on this list is that a couple laughs together on a regular basis. Can you guess the other six qualities? In this video, Dr. Chris and Alisa Grace explain these seven traits and how they apply to relationships.
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