Relationship Growth

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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Betrayal in the Bible & 4 Tips to Find Healing from Betrayal

Betrayal in the Bible is part of the scripture’s narrative along with the painful consequences that often follow. By studying stories of betrayal in the Bible you can find healing from betrayal in your own life. Betrayal is a painful reality to grasp and is never sought, desired, or welcomed whether in Bible times or …

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5 Ways How to Fix a Friendship and Find Joy Restoring Relationships

Friendship is life-giving! Good friends offer joy, laughter, support, and growth. When we are in healthy relationships, we enjoy intertwined lives and are stronger together. But even strong relationships can hit a rough patch and begin to fray. If stirrings of discontent and detachment start to sprout up in a friendship, we usually feel dread …

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How to Get Along With Difficult People and 7 Biblical Ways to Love Them

No matter where you go or what you do, learning how to get along with difficult people is an essential part of your journey that transforms your social interactions and connections. There are difficult people everywhere-negative, abusive, opposing ideas, low or no integrity, controlling, or people who do not like you for no particular reason. …

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What is a Normal Parent Adult Child Relationship & 4 Tips to Make Sure it is Healthy

While people may ask “What is a normal parent adult child relationship?” I’m not sure there is a “normal” that can be pointed to with the expectation that all others would look the same.   Perhaps a better question would be “What does a healthy parent adult child relationship look like?”   Given the fact that every …

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When You Lose a Friend: 5 Ways to Accept, Heal and Move On

When you lose a friend it feels unnatural and painful. So, why do we have to lose friends? I wish I didn’t have to answer that question and instead could say, “you don’t have to lose friends, ever”. But that is not the way it is, everyone has lost or will lose a friend. Despite …

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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 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, 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 today!” As an …

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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 and 5 Steps How to Forgive

The importance of forgiveness can not be overstated. Forgiving ourselves and others is like watering parched, dry soil; forgiveness softens and renews your spirit and brings you back to life. Forgiveness is vital to your spiritual, emotional, and mental health, and the foundation for long-lasting healthy relationships. Offense happens in every relationship because we are …

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