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Reduce Wedding Planning Stress

If you do a Google search on “wedding stress” you’ll get over 70 million results.  Which is stressful.  Weddings are a joyous celebration, but as any bride or groom knows, they are also inherently stressful. Researchers have found that getting married is actually more stressful than getting fired. Between money issues, family issues, and...

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Have a New Teenager by Friday
Have a New Teenager by Friday

I truly believe that Leman’s “Have a New X by Friday” series is really just a gimmick. I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s his way of capturing your attention: if you drastically change the way you act as a parent, a wife, a friend, then you will see dramatic changes quickly in those you love. He’s right. In his book, Have a New Teenager...

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Can Love Go the Distance?
Can Love Go the Distance?

They say that “absence makes the heart grow fonder”, but I’m not convinced that’s true. I think that love makes the heart grow fonder, distance just gets in the way.  If you love someone, you’re supposed to want to be with them.   Distance is not an insurmountable obstacle, but I have a hard time believing it actually helps. Distance...

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Is Your Marriage Fixable?
Is Your Marriage Fixable?

There’s no such thing as a perfect marriage, but how do you know if you’re in a good marriage? There have been a spat of celebrity break ups this week.  It’s easy to look at them at think, “well that’s Hollywood, we have real problems” but sometimes we lose perspective too.  When you’re tired, when change is slow, when you run out...

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How to Save a Marriage
How to Save a Marriage

Can a broken marriage be fixed? Often, if both partners are willing to do the work the answer is yes.   In a recent article for CNN author Eileen Kelly recounts her own experience with couples' counseling.  For Kelley and her husband the end began on a Caribbean vacation with their three year old twins.  She writes about how she has seen several...

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Reconciling Your Sexual Past with your Marriage
Reconciling Your Sexual Past with your Marriage

What do you do when you have quite the sexual past, but you want to have a pure marriage, with a great sex life? Can you rid yourself of the baggage from everything you've already done? Here's a letter that I received recently: I am single, in my late twenties. In my earlier twenties, I did not live a Christian lifestyle. I had sex with two men....

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8 Ways to Connect with Faraway Family
8 Ways to Connect with Faraway Family

I have lived at least three days' drive from my grandparents and most of my extended family my entire life. Though it didn't surprise my mother, I know it was hard for her when I followed in her footsteps and moved across the continent from her and my dad. The independence that motivated her to move from Virginia to Ontario, Canada, sight unseen,...

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First Aid for Bruised Hearts – Talk to a mentor
First Aid for Bruised Hearts - Talk to a mentor

“What’s love got to do with it?” Tina Turner famously asked. For many of us, love – the joy of it, the lack of it, or the confusion that comes with it – is both what gets us up in the morning and what keeps us up  at night. If you have a question about love, relationships, or marriage you’re not alone.  Love, even when it’s wonderful,...

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