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Category Archive for: ‘Marriage and Family’

I Love You, But…

I love you, but our schedules are too busy to make time for each other. I love you, but I don’t know how to keep us from growing together and not apart. I love you, but I wish we had more balance with our kids and our relationship. I love you, but I don’t know how to talk to you …

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Marriage Makeover Weekend

Life is filled with the demands of daily life and schedules.  You wear a multiplicity of hats that can make it challenging to focus on your marriage.  Then comes the holidays which tend to get so busy and filled with hype that your focus can still be anywhere except strengthening your marriage.  You remodel your home, you change the oil in …

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If Your Relationship Is Important To You, Invest In Couples Communication Skills

When you have a relationship and it is important to you, you realize you must invest in it.  When relationships are not maintained, they dissolve. Wether that relationship is in dating, in engagement, or in marriage, communication is important.  Investing now can provide you with years of  returns. Investing in your relationship is no different from hobbies, houses, cars, education, vacations, or stock …

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Marriage advice: Tips for couple’s first Christmas together

Excerpt ofArticle By Terri Finch Hamilton | The Grand Rapids Press Those “First Christmas Together” tree ornaments should come with a warning label: THIS MAY HAPPEN TO YOU: Won’t it be fun, honey, to spend Christmas with my family? Wait. YOUR family? I thought we were spending Christmas with MY family? Um, well, your mom hates me. Well, maybe if …

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Apologies and Forgiveness Part 3 of 3

The Five Languages of Apology Relationship (romantic, friendship, family) can be repaired or destroyed by an apology, or should I say, the lack of an apology or a poor apology.  Ever been there, where all you want is a decent apology?  Then you know what I mean. In continuation of Apologies and Forgiveness Parts 1 and 2, I want to …

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Apologies and Forgiveness – Part 2 of 3

So you have apologized, but it was not accepted by the individual.  Now what you ask?  Well, you have a few options.  One, you can walk away and think, “I did my part and I do not need to do anymore.  Clearly he/she (the injured person) has got issues.  I am not going to stand here and beg.”   Two, you …

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Apologies and Forgiveness – Part 1 of 3

Apologies can be powerful in healing relationships and bringing about reconciliation.  However, a poor apology can make a bad situation worse. Giving an apology can provoke feelings of shame because of having to admit to self a mistake was made. It is easy to call it a “mistake” but sometimes, let’s just be real, it was not a mistake, it …

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Five Love Languages: What’s All the Hype?

 If you have read The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman, then you know why it is important to know how to show those you love that they are loved in a way that is meaningful to them. For example, Suzie’s love language is Acts of Service.  That means she feels most loved by things friends and family do for …

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