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Episode 54 // How to enjoy a family gathering without all the family drama, anger issues, and conflict.

What are we talking about today? There is something about the holidays that can bring up old baggage, hard emotions… all the family holiday drama.  As you approach the holidays, or any other big family gathering, are you starting to feel stressed or worried about what’s going to come out? As a family counselor, I …

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Episode 43 // Stop fighting! My 10-step checklist for conflict resolution in your marriage and beyond.

What are we talking about today? Do you enjoy conflict with your loved ones? Of course not! Conflict is no fun… but it is inevitable. And there are solutions.  As a therapist (not to mention a mom and a wife!) I am all too familiar with the pain of dealing with conflict. We all go …

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Episode 41 // Want to strengthen your marriage? Protect, grow, and help your marriage with this counseling activity I use as a marriage therapist.

What are we talking about today? Today we are strengthening our marriages, my friend. I’m sharing the details of a counseling intervention activity that I use frequently with couples – and it can help your marriage too, whether things are pretty good, really great, or quite a struggle.  I’ll spill the beans right now: all …

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Episode 40 // Your words are powerful. But are you using them to help or hurt your loved ones? In marriage, parenting, friendships… your words matter.

What are we talking about today? Our words are powerful. They can be used for good, bringing healing and encouragement into our family life. But we all know that insults, complaints, and gossip can slip off our tongue far too easily.  Today, we are looking at Ephesians 4 to explore how our words can HELP …

Episode 40 // Your words are powerful. But are you using them to help or hurt your loved ones? In marriage, parenting, friendships… your words matter. Read More »

Episode 35 // Do you want happy relationships? Let’s talk about the need for REALISTIC expectations of yourself and others.

What are we talking about today? Our expectations shape our experience of life. What do you expect from your husband? Your job? What about your expectations of yourself, or of God? Unmet expectations creates disappointment, discouragement, and distance in our relationships. And one of the biggest reasons that our expectations wind up going unmet is …

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Episode 25 // Improve your communication skills with these 5 helpful tips to become a great listener

Do you sometimes wish you could communicate more clearly with people? With your spouse, your kids, your friends, your co-workers? The best way to connect with people is to have great communication skills. The skills that make them feel heard, valued, understood, and loved.  One of those key communication skills is active listening. I teach …

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Episode 24 // Do you want to have a great relationship with your kids when they grow up? Then let’s look at how to be a purposeful parent TODAY.

Spoiler alert, mama… your kids are growing up. Have you thought about the relationship that you want to have with them when they’re older? Every mom wants to parent great kids, who turn into great adults, who call us regularly and want to spend the holidays with us. But are we intentionally parenting in a …

Episode 24 // Do you want to have a great relationship with your kids when they grow up? Then let’s look at how to be a purposeful parent TODAY. Read More »

Episode 19 // Start resolving conflict in your marriage TODAY by managing difficult conversations with less stress and more peace

Do you enjoy conflict? It’s almost a trick question. No one likes conflict! As a marriage therapist, one of the most common things that I do is help couples manage conflict. Every marriage has its own hot button issues, and conversations about those topics often bring up hard emotions and a lot of emotional baggage. …

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Episode 17 // How can I be a good parent? Let’s apply 4 helpful Bible passages to this key parenting question.

Every parent wonders what they need to do to be a good parent. How do we care for, teach, and lead our kids in this crazy world? We worry about how our kids will turn out. It is so easy to question our decisions and for the “mom guilt” to sneak in.  If you are …

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Episode 16 // This simple change in your communication will improve your marriage, your parenting… actually, every relationship you have!

The quality of our relationships often depends on the quality of our communication. In today’s episode, we are going to dig into one specific, simple, straightforward action step that will bless and build up your relationships.  This action step will improve your communication without much effort, but with huge results! You’ll build more emotional connection …

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