As discussed in our previous podcast, calling a "relational truce" means designating a period of time where you agree not to talk about the issue that is causing conflict. While it can be beneficial to a relationship, there can also be negative consequences to this method of conflict resolution. In today's podcast Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff continue their discussion on relational truces, specifically focusing on how to avoid pitfalls of these truces.
One hallmark of authentic Christian relationships is consistently putting a friend or spouse’s needs above our own, yet we are often blind to our own selfish inclinations. That's why Scripture advocates regular times of solitude and self-reflection. The problem is research shows that we don't really know how to comfortably be alone with our thoughts, choosing instead to use our smart phones and other technologies for entertainment and distraction. In today's blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff discusses how setting aside these distractions for meaningful times of solitude with God empowers us to live out His difficult call to truly live unselfishly.
Couples entering the "empty nest" stage have usually been married for a while and may be stuck in a relational rut. What are some ways to rekindle your marriage and bring some freshness back? In today's post, Alisa Grace discusses why this is the perfect opportunity to spice things up by getting reacquainted with each other again!
Establishing and cultivating a healthy "relationship climate" can be hard work, especially in the midst of a disagreement. When couples get caught up in the heat of the moment, they can make mistakes that hurt the climate of their relationship. In today's podcast, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explore Proverbs to discuss the concept of a "relational truce" and how to apply it when working through conflict within a marriage.
In a world that condones and even encourages the hookup culture, dating for Christians can either become a taboo subject or avoided altogher if not approached with the intent to marry. These two opposite extremes make dating a very confusing subject, especially if you don't belong in either category. In today's podcast, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff sit down with Debra Fileta again, author of True Love Dates: Your Indispensable Guide To Finding the Love of Your Life, to discuss how to navigate relationships well from a healthy Christian perspective.
Do you ever get angry with someone but never say anything about it? That's called "stuffing." It is that period of time when tension builds between two people as a result of unexpressed disagreement, and if not dealt with properly, it is often expressed in an angry outburst or explosion. In today's blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explores the negative effects of these unexpressed conflicts and how Scripture helps us deal our anger and work through our disagreements in a God-honoring way that actually protects and restores our relationships.
In addressing gender roles within marriage, Ephesians 5 is a text that is often misunderstood when taken out of context. Are we really called to love and respect each other unconditionally? And how in the world do we do that? In today's video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff helps us understand the foundational principles in Ephesians 5 and discusses how our personal spiritual growth is a must for us to experience a successful marriage.
Everyone deals with conflict differently. While some prefer to address issues right away, others may need time and space to process it. Others may even try to avoid it altogether. But the ability to resolve disputes is critical to cultivating a healthy relationship. Where is the happy medium if you and your spouse deal with conflict differently? In today's post, Dr. Chris and Alisa Grace offer a creative solution to addressing conflict when one of you has difficulty doing so.
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