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Growing in Gratitude

Chris Grace - November 3, 2015

Couples who regularly express gratitude for each other are more satisfied with their relationship–they are more joyful, feel closer to each other, and are more committed to each other. Read more to discover practical tips to grow in gratitude.


Fifty Shades of Gray and the Cycle of Abuse

Tim Muehlhoff - October 20, 2015

“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.


Cultivating Spiritual Transformation in Marriage

Tim Muehlhoff - October 19, 2015

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?


Love Matters: Making sure your expectations don’t set you up for disappointment

Love Matters - October 13, 2015

Everyone has expectations for their most important relationships, but could they do more harm than good? In this Love Matters video, we explore the way expectations can impact your relationships, and how you can handle them well. 


12 common marriage expectations

Alisa Grace - October 12, 2015

The thing with expectations is that we usually don’t even realize we have them until they are not met. This is particularly true of newlyweds. Once you say “I do” and start living together on a daily basis, that’s when issues begin to surface. Yet, all too often we fail to even talk about them, which usually results in conflict. And it’s certainly not limited to newlyweds.


Lasting Commitment in an Age of Divorce

Tim Muehlhoff - October 6, 2015

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.


What's the climate of your marriage?

Tim Muehlhoff - September 22, 2015

How you interact with your spouse on a daily basis is the single greatest factor that establishes the type of communication climate that surrounds your marriage. It isn’t “what we communicate about that shapes a relational climate,” note communication experts, “as much as how we speak and act toward one another.” How can I assess the climate of my marriage? Read more to find out.


The First Step for Effective Communication: Reclaiming the Power of Words

Tim Muehlhoff - September 9, 2015

The essential first step in crafting a difficult conversation is to reclaim a healthy respect for the power of words. When preparing to engage another in a difficult conversation we must acknowledge and anticipate the impact our words could have on another. 

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