Why It’s Time for an Attitude Check-Up

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Leslie and I (Les) once took a flight on a Cessna plane after a retreat in northwestern Washington state’s San Juan Islands. We began the flight nervous, having never flown in such a small aircraft. As we soared over the beautiful Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound, our fear dissolved. During that flight, something the pilot said caught our attention: that the attitude of the plane, not the altitude, was the single most important aspect of landing safely. The plane’s attitude is related to the position of its nose as it comes in for a landing. Too high or low, and…

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5 Ways Self-Awareness Can Improve Your Marriage

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Are you and your spouse self-aware people? If not, cultivating self-awareness can improve both your individual health and the health of your marriage. Being self-aware is all about bringing your very best to your marriage because when you each show up at your strongest, you can accomplish so much more together. Want to know more about how self-awareness can improve your marriage? Read on. 1. Self-awareness promotes empathy and understanding. As you and your spouse develop self-awareness, you’ll be more likely to demonstrate empathy and understanding for one another. We like to say that self-awareness leads to better love. That’s…

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Emotional Health in Marriage: What You Need to Know

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If you and your spouse want to be healthy individuals in a thriving marriage, you’ll need to pay close attention to your emotional health. Along with spiritual and psychological wellbeing, your emotional health can greatly impact your marriage. In fact, these aspects of your health can affect all your relationships, for better or worse. Spiritual, psychological, and emotional health combined are attributes that help us feel a sense of significance and individual completeness. They also help us nurture selfless attitudes and happier, healthier relationships. Essentially, if you neglect to become healthy and whole on your own, you’ll spin your wheels…

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3 Ways to Better Understand Your Spouse’s Personality

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Do you want to know your spouse on a deeper level? Gaining a greater understanding of your spouse’s personality (and vice versa) is one way to create more closeness in your marriage. Our inborn personalities are in our genes, and those distinct traits make up the building blocks of who we are. At the same time, the differences in our personalities can get in the way of our harmony from time to time. Misunderstandings and miscommunications can create friction in your marriage. But the good news is, when you know one another on a more intimate level, you’ll have higher…

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How to nurture spiritual significance in your marriage

How to Nurture Spiritual Significance in Your Marriage

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We often talk about spiritual intimacy and how to grow closer to your spouse through shared spiritual practices. But what if you haven’t yet established the building blocks of spiritual intimacy? If you’re seeking spiritual significance in your marriage, how do you find and nurture it? There are many ways that you can go about connecting spiritually, both individually and as a couple. In fact, establishing greater spiritual health as individuals may help you establish a stronger relationship with one another. Either way, there are quite a few habits the two of you can build to bring a stronger sense…

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5 Tips for Blending Your Family Peacefully

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Have you remarried recently, and are you blending your families? Are you planning to get remarried? Remarrying when one or both of you have children can be a complex journey to embark upon. A third of Americans today are part of a stepfamily structure. When both of a child’s parents remarry, that child has two entirely different immediate families to fit into. And that’s only one of the many possible issues and points of friction that remarriage can bring. At any given time, any member of a blended family can feel a wide spectrum of negative emotions. It’s not uncommon…

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How to Know If You’re Ready for Remarriage

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In our last post, we shared nine reasons why you shouldn’t rush into marriage or remarriage. Whether you’re getting married for the first time or remarrying after divorce or loss, committing to life with another person is a major step and must be taken with caution. When it comes to remarriage, in particular, there are a few important factors that help determine whether you’re ready to move forward. Even if you’ve thought, prayed, and planned extensively for your remarriage, how do you know whether the timing is right? Today, we’re going to talk about how to know you are ready…

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9 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Rush Into Marriage (or Remarriage)

9 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Rush Into Marriage (or Remarriage)

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Getting married–whether it’s your first marriage, or whether you’ve been married before–is a major step in your relationship and your life. It’s a decision that will have a ripple effect on your future. Because who you marry so deeply affects the trajectory of your life (and oftentimes, those around you), it’s not a decision you should rush into. There are many reasons why you should approach marriage in a measured, cautious manner. Let’s look at nine of the top reasons why. 1. You’re feeling intense outside pressure. It’s common for unmarried individuals to feel pressure to marry or remarry. Pressure…

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5 Ways to Give Your Spouse the Best Version of You

5 Ways to Give Your Spouse the Best Version of You

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When we’re dating, we give the best of ourselves to our partner. We’re getting to know one another, falling in love, and we want to make a good impression. Focusing completely on one another and the future we’re building makes us feel happy and fulfilled. After we marry, though, we sometimes find ourselves giving less than our best to our spouse. Life gets hectic, and there are so many obligations to fulfill. Oftentimes, it happens before we realize it. Whatever the case, it’s crucial to find ways to start giving your spouse the best version of yourself again. You can’t…

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Thank your spouse...starting today

4 Ways to Genuinely Thank Your Spouse…Starting Today

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Gratitude is an important part of a healthy marriage. It’s crucial for spouses to intentionally cultivate a sense of gratitude toward one another to maintain harmony and happiness in the relationship. If you’re looking for a way to deepen your love and get closer with your spouse, practicing regular gratitude is one way to make that happen. Gratitude, patience, and empathy can carry you through all sorts of challenges in your life together. When you express genuine gratitude toward your spouse, it will resonate with them. And when you make it a habit to do so, you’re creating fertile ground…

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