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The battlefield of the mind, and the fickleness of the heart

“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” In that simple sentence, Christian author and speaker Joyce Meyer sums up a message about what she terms the “battlefield of the mind.” It’s a simple but powerful concept that affects the lives of so many people...

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Keeping your marriage strong in a world of unknowns

There’s been a lot of discussion about the impact of 2020 on workplaces, healthcare, schools, and other high-profile parts of life. But one of the most significant impacts of the unknowns we've been facing doesn’t receive a lot of public discussion. What is it?...

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What the church needs to know about marriage

When couples come to Care to Change for marriage counseling, we always ask about their support systems. Typically, they’ll mention a best friend and their church. We ask if they’re in a life group at their church, and they nearly always smile, nod, and tell us how...

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Is there joy in being single?

Holidays have an emotional effect on people, but none have the impact of the day celebrating Saint Valentine of Terni. Valentine’s Day may be all about warmth and love, but the holiday creates a tremendous amount of pressure for many people, perhaps none more than...

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Is your marriage headed in the right direction?

At any moment, every marriage is either growing closer or drifting apart. Just as life and seasons change over time, relationships change. If they’re not growing stronger, they’re becoming weaker. There is no such thing as neutrality in relationships. When was the...

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Anxiety and depression in marriage

“Can’t you just be happy today?” “I don’t see what’s so hard about getting out of bed!” “Here, a drink will calm you down.” “What are you getting so nervous about?” “Look, we all have rough days. Just do what I do and push through it!” “What’s wrong with you?” “Get...

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Addiction and marriage

You can be supportive of your spouse without enabling his or her addictive behavior. If you have a family member or close friend who is struggling with addiction, I’m sure you want to help them. Most people aren’t sure what to do in that situation. You’ve probably...

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Rules for texting your partner

How did couples manage to communicate before the invention of texting? It’s something to think about, since so many couples depend on those brief text messages to stay connected and share information about everything from who’s making dinner to who needs to pick up...

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Sex in marriage

Believe it or not there are several elements to experiencing true intimacy, and it isn't just about sex. Couples tend to use a lot of code words when they begin counseling. They’ll say “they’re not feeling close” to each other, that there’s “distance” between them,...

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Communication in marriage

Couples come to us with all sorts of challenges, and one of the factors we see 100 percent of the time … yes, we really mean 100 percent … is not being able to communicate as well as they could. Poor communication is one of the biggest factors in troubled marriages,...

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