Here at the Center, we often get questions about how to practically help encourage young married couples as they get started on their journey. What things can be done that will help them grow together, in good times and bad? What are they going to need the most help in? Dr. Chris Grace offers some very practical, simple ways to communicate your support and encouragement to newly married couples. Try some of them out and let us know how the couple responds!
Friends are those people that we do everyday life with. We live or work near each other, we do ministry together, we frequently connect online, or we work out in the same gym. This proximity helps us grow and sustain the relationship, and such “mere presence” leads to increased liking. And this often leads to growing feelings of closeness or intimacy. Is there a point that becomes too close? Should those relationships be set aside completely? Dr. Chris Grace explains some of his thoughts and insight on how these friendships influence a marriage relationship!
Friendship can be a strong source of joy and encouragement in your life, both same-sex and opposite-sex friendships. However, when you marry, there are different perspectives on whether or not those close friendships of the opposite-sex should continue. Listen as Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff approach this issue from different perspectives. Which side of the issue do you find yourself on?
"In marriage, joy functions like engine oil. It reduces relational friction, which not only helps us uphold our commitment but also rejoice in it. Joy runs deeper than happiness because it has the capacity to transcend the details of our lives." Dorothy Littell Greco explains how choosing to find joy in marriage, even in the midst of difficult circumstances, can be a source of life for your relationship.
These last few months I have been experiencing physical symptoms such as lightheadedness, fast heartbeat, loss of appetite/desire to eat, headaches, and fatigue. I have seen several doctors and gotten multiple blood tests done, but so far, everything has turned out to be normal. I find myself feeling anxious and wonder if my physical symptoms are arising from stress/not knowing how to cope with stress at work?
Listening and acknowledging a person you are communicating with in conversation seems very basic and easy to do, but is it? It seems that it is becoming less and less common with so many distractions in our lives. Dr. Tim Muelhoff explains some things to focus on as you communicate in conversation with your spouse, significant other, friend, or work colleague!
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