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Want To Encourage A Younger Married Couple? Here's How!

Chris Grace - December 13, 2017

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!


The Risk of Opposite-Sex Friendships in Marriage

Chris Grace - December 12, 2017

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!


Dealing with Difficult In-laws?

Willa Williams - November 28, 2017

Dear CMR: My in-laws are having a hard time cutting the cord when it comes to my wife. They try to get involved in everything we do and it's causing us conflict. We're considering seeing a marriage counselor, but do you think her parents should be included in the marriage counseling? 

 

Are Close Friends of the Opposite-Sex Okay After Marriage?

Chris Grace, Tim Muehlhoff - November 22, 2017

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?


Cultivating Joy In Marriage

Dorothy Littell Greco - November 7, 2017

"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.


Are These Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety?

Chris Grace - October 31, 2017

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?


How Can I Avoid Emotional Affairs In My Marriage?

Aundrea Paxton - October 17, 2017

Often times, affairs are thought of just as physical. However, emotional affairs can take place if we neglect the emotional need of our spouse. From observation and research, these insights will help you preemptively protect yourself from these taking place!


Focusing Attention When Distractions Threaten

Tim Muehlhoff - October 5, 2017

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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