Offended? Forgiveness brings freedom.

Offended? Try These 5 Steps to Forgiveness

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Question: How do you respond when you feel offended? Do you assume the worst and turn the offense over and over and in your mind, replaying the incident and reliving the hurt? Do you catalogue other offenses committed by the person in question, adding fuel to your resentment? Maintaining healthy relationships requires a willingness to forgive when we are offended. …

Self care is good for your marriage.

Self-Care: Good for You and Your Marriage

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When you hear the words self-care what comes to mind? Perhaps you envision an aromatherapy candle burning, soft music, and a massage. Maybe you think of an early morning run, a quiet walk in the park, or a Saturday afternoon curled up with a good book. Self-care is the idea of taking responsibility for your own physical, mental, and emotional …

You can move forward even when the world is in limbo.

Moving Forward While Living in Limbo

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Simple things—like going to the grocery store or spending time with friends—may seem more complicated these days. Depending on where you live, stores and restaurants may be operating at limited capacity with curbside service or takeout only options. Businesses you rely on may have closed temporarily, or for good. If you have been to the doctor lately, you probably had …

Hold on Tight

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My husband and I were taking our evening stroll. We are relatively new to the neighborhood and look forward to opportunities to chat and get to know people better. Ken is in the process of tidying up the landscaping around our home, so he enjoys discovering which varieties of flowers, bushes and shrubs are doing well in our neighbor’s yards. …

When Life is Difficult—Do the Next Right Thing

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What do you do when life is difficult and you feel like things are completely out of your control? Here’s a suggestion from an optimistic actor waging a very public battle with Parkinson’s disease. Do the right thing, and then do the next right thing, and that will lead you to the next right thing after that.     -Michael J. …

Sex, Marriage, and Kelly Clarkson

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America has fallen in love with Kelly Clarkson. The young Texas waitress won the very first season of American Idol back in 2002. She managed to leverage that win into a mega career as a pop music star. Recently, she coached missionary-kid-turned-country-singer Jake Hoot to victory on NBC’s The Voice. And now Kelly Clarkson hosts a very popular talk show. …

Running Together into 2020

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Have you ever seen a three-legged race? Teams of two people tie one leg to the other person’s leg and then take off running together on what looks like three legs. It’s awkward at best. And kind of silly. But after a few clumsy steps, it’s possible for two people who are tied to each other to cooperate and race …

Gratitude: It’s Good for your Marriage

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When someone mentions Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Turkey defrosting in your refrigerator? Traveling to see extended family? Preparing your home for out of town guests? Perhaps you think about watching the big games on television. While enjoying another slice of pumpkin pie. And after that the annual backyard football game with your siblings or cousins. Thanksgiving is marked by …

Make the Holidays Easier on Your Marriage

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Does your blood pressure rise when you look up and realize there are Christmas decorations out at your local big-box store, and it’s only OCTOBER?  You’re not alone.  Healthline surveyed more than 2,200 people and found that nearly 65% of people feel moderate or significant amounts of stress during the holidays. Among the biggest stress-producers? Family, food, and finances. Can …

Falling in Love All Over Again–A Dozen Autumn Dates

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It may be 95 degrees at your house, but the calendar says Autumn has arrived. And the change of seasons brings a return to some familiar rhythms of life. Because kids are back in school. Friday night lights are ablaze in cities and towns across the country. And pumpkin spice is absolutely everywhere. After the lazy days of summer, life …