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Insights and tips to help with the growth and development of all relationships including marriage, friendship and family through Christian principles.

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4 Steps to Nurture Christian Friendship by Growing in God’s Love

“We’ll get together soon. I’ll call you.” Those words gave me hope of making a new Christian friendship.  We’ve moved often and I’ve heard those well-meaning words often. Sometimes smiles and pleasantries exchanged week after week, month after month—but no phone calls and no get-togethers.  Sometimes the start of a potentially great Christian friendship sparked …

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5 Helpful Tips on How to Make Good Friends and Keep Them

I love to talk and make friends. And just as I work on skills to improve my communication, I have found it is important to work on how to make good friends and keep them. After an exciting day of kindergarten, my son jumped into my arms and said, “Momma, I made a good friend …

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Elements of a Successful Marriage & 4 Tips to Make Marriage Stronger

I have often told people who are contemplating marriage that you can read books, listen to others’ anecdotes, and ask for advice, but you’ll never know exactly what it’s like until you’re married. Everybody wants a successful marriage. Nobody sets a goal to fail. But what are the elements of a successful marriage?  And how …

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How to be Present in the Moment and Learn to Focus on Your Relationships

I am a goal-oriented person and I tend to get wrapped up in achieving those goals.  My kids are used to my focus and drive and often jump on board with me (or get out of the way!) but something happened yesterday that caused me to pause and contemplate how to be present in the …

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The Importance of Forgiveness in Relationships

The importance of forgiveness can not be overstated. Forgiveness is vital to our spiritual, emotional, and mental health, and the foundation for long-lasting healthy relationships. In every relationship, offenses happen, because we are all imperfect people. Learning the importance of forgiveness and how to move on means we choose to let offenses go. Forgiveness is …

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How to Develop Healthy Boundaries for Yourself and Your Relationships

When we learn how to develop healthy boundaries for ourselves, it is an investment that will impact every area of our life. Boundaries allow us to function freely within the guides we set for ourselves. Understanding how to develop healthy boundaries in relationships can be more difficult especially with people we love. The boundary lines …

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Learning How to Get Over Disappointment

Almost every day we are presented with opportunities to learn how to get over disappointment. I am an optimist by nature, and feeling disappointed is not something I particularly enjoy. But disappointment in life comes just like dirty laundry, toothaches, and other disruptions and changes. One story reminds me of the importance of learning how …

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How to Build Healthy Relationships: 6 Helpful Benefits & Tips

As I sat in my car crying, feeling somewhat hopeless, a thought hit me. I did not have healthy relationships in my life. My relationships were shallow and a little self-serving. Realizing we need more positive relationships is not easy to accept, but at 22 with the excitement of life in front of me, it …

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The Life Changing Power and Importance of Human Connection

The importance of human connection was often modeled for me when I was a kid. I recall my grandparents connecting with family and friends who they knew for decades. These were friends through the depression era, the World War II period, and into the 1950s and 60’s. These friendships had a deep history, shared struggles, …

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What Makes a Good Friend: 6 Inspiring Qualities

The saying ‘a good friend is hard to find’ doesn’t seem true when we are surrounded by good friends. But during seasons of life where our friendships feel hollow or nonexistent, the saying feels especially painful and true. I had to grow and change to become the kind of person that could find and keep …

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