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Caring Enough to Confront

The most practical resource manual for healthy relationships is the Bible. Passages make it clear that an essential part of healthy and responsible communication is the willingness and ability to "speak the truth in love."

Creating a Family Mission Statement

The most effective families, however, fashion their own future. Instead of letting other circumstances or people determine their destiny, effective families plan and create their own positive results. The method to accomplish this is to create a family mission statement.

Creating A Geneva Convention For Marital Conflict

One of the most powerful methods I've found for helping couples regulate conflict is by developing a set of rules. Just like the Geneva Convention helps countries to fight "fair" while at war, having written rules can aid couples as they engage in the "battles" of marital life.

Creating Family Harmony through the Use of Contracts

Since the Scriptures instruct us to discipline our children, a contract is a great way to help children of all ages learn limits. Having clearly defined rules and limits allows the child to make informed decisions on how he should behave.

Creating Relational Security through an Anti-Divorce Contract

You may be thinking, "Divorce...that will never happen to us!" I know how you feel. My wife and I made a commitment that divorce will never be an option. However, feelings change. There will be times that you will not feel "in love" with your mate.

Creating the Ideal Marital Environment

People are designed to hunger for intimacy and deep connection. Yet, many of us struggle with various aspects of intimacy because it requires openness, and openness makes us instantly vulnerable.

Cultivating a Spirit of Gratefulness

By taking these three steps, you will be cultivating in your children one of the best things you can provide: a thankful heart. Jean Baptiste Massieu said it best through these words, “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”

Cultivating a Thankful Heart

What comes to mind when you think about the Thanksgiving? Special times with family & friends and too much food? Thanksgiving is a time for all of that, and more. It can be a time for giving thanks for our family & friends and the countless ways that God has blessed us.

Cultivating Children of Integrity

Integrity is not a value that is simply passed on. Growing up, I just assumed that I would wake up one day and I would be a person of integrity. Integrity does not develop exclusively from desire. It stems from the daily practice of doing the right things.

Cultivating Healthy Anger in Your Marriage

In our experience, most people tend to view anger only as a problem, something negative, something to be avoided. In what ways can this unwelcome and potentially destructive emotion be considered a gift rather than a time-bomb?

Daddy Threw My Popcorn Away

The most important aspect of seeking forgiveness is that you are modeling a tremendous life skill for your children. To actively seek out ways to correct our mistakes is a wonderful ability.

Dating With Safety

Great and thriving dating relationships are built on safety, which provides the best possible environment for emotional intimacy to develop. Since emotional intimacy takes people to some of the most vulnerable places a relationship can go, the risks are great.

Depression

Depression may be thought of as secondary emotion. There may be other feelings which contribute to and cause it. One might feel alone, lonely, rejected, discouraged, grief, or disconnected, and all of these feelings drain our energy and lower our motivation.

Destructive Relationships

Relationships build you up by encouraging you and affirming you as a person. Relationships should not be soul draining leaving you with feelings of resentment, depression, hopelessness, frustration, guilt, and shame.

Developing a Family Ministry for Your Church

From the beginning of time God intended for the family to be the basic unit for all society. The quality of family life influences every other part of our life. Surveys have found that American's greatest source of happiness in life is the family.

Discovering Your Mate's Built-In Marriage Manual

After you understand what your mate needs to feel loved, then you need to be held accountable to follow through. Your spouse has given you a tremendous gift by listing what he or she needs to feel loved. You literally now possess your mate's marriage manual.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a set of abilities that lets you form optimal relationships with yourself and others. EQ is the capacity for recognizing your own feelings and those of others.

ERI: Accurate Self-Assessment

Accurate self-assessment is having an honest and unbiased perception of your own strengths and weaknesses. This means being able to step back and evaluate who you are and what you’ve done.

ERI: Anger Management

Anger is one of the most powerful and controlling of all emotions. It’s experienced much more frequently than people would like to admit. According to Dr. Henrie Weisinger, most people experience the emotion of anger between 8 and 10 times a day.

ERI: Communication

Healthy communication is the one critical ingredient that defines a relationship. Communication is vital and essential because it is the link to every aspect of your connections with others. The outcome of discussions and decisions that affect those around you will all depend on the quality of the communication styles, patterns and skills you’ve developed.

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