Rachael was born by artificial insemination to two moms and moved every few years while Montie grew up witnessing the outgrowth of "street life" and the conflicts that surround gang culture - their story about changing generational patterns in your marriage is one you don't want to miss.

“One of the biggest impacts for both us, even when we were just dating, was going to families’ houses in the church and being blown away at the family interactions and all their love. Neither of us had seen that growing up.⁠ It was like a dream to look at them and think ‘We can create that for own family.’” Montie and Rachael Easter

How do you pursue a godly relationship that was originally founded by the world’s standards? How do you create a thriving, two-parent household without having that example growing up? Come join the conversation on today's episode.

You can find Montie and Rachael on IG: @rachael.easter + @montie_trc⁠
 
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"Looks actually do matter," says Pastor Myron Wideman Jr., in reference to looking for a potential spouse. Myron is Karissa's former student in the Bachelor of Science in Human Development Program at Wilson University and he earned a concentration in Counseling. He's also the Associate Pastor at Dekalb UPC in Stone Moutain, GA (Metro Atlanta Area). In this episode, we discuss:

  • Biblical Perspective of Physical Attraction
  • Keeping up with Your Physical Appearance while Married
  • Ways to Support Your Spouse's Eating/Exercise Goals
  • Sex vs. Intimacy
  • Scheduling Sex
  • Coming to Bed Intentionally

Myron Wideman Jr. recommended:

You can find Myron Wideman on IG: @myronwidemanjr
 
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Wow... We just finished learning from three amazing friends and colleagues about their experiences, perspectives, insight, and lessons. As we type this description (today, Juneteenth), our hearts are heavy and our motivation is high to listen, learn, and continue this conversation -- or as one of our panelists suggested, "Don't stop the conversation when it gets uncomfortable."

Our prayer for you is that you can take down your walls as you listen to these stories and try to learn from the lessons that they teach us -- all of us.

Our guests on the panel are:

  • —Cynthia Eldridge: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and School Counselor at a Community Day School in Sacramento
  • —Dr. Daniel Blash: Licensed Psychologist, Pastor, and Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at St. Louis University School of Medicine
  • —Kevin Goward: Owner of a Signing Agent Service Company (Banking/Finance Industry for 16 years) and Licensed Minister

Some of the topics that our panelists covered (based on your and our questions) are:

  • Significance of Juneteenth
  • Black Lives Matter as a statement vs. organization
  • Identity as People of Color (Black, African-American) and Identity as a Child of God
  • Experiences with racism as a child and adult (both decades ago and months ago)
  • Statements like "All Lives Matter"
  • Interracial Marriage
  • Racism in the Church

We had so many takeaways from this conversation, but we'd like to hear from you... What's something you learned today?

Nic and McKenzie Norris dated long-distance (from two different countries, actually), and they shared several tips from their experience in this interview. Listen in as we discuss:

  • Benefits of Long-Distance Dating
  • Challenges of Long-Distance Dating
  • Immigration
  • Communication
  • Trust/Transparency
  • Boundaries when Dating

This was a special episode for us since McKenzie is actually Adam's sister. So it was fun reminiscing and laughing about old dating memories. Whether you're a dating couple (long-distance or not) or a married couple who dated long-distance, you'll really enjoy the reflections and nuggets of wisdom in this episode.

Nic and McKenzie Recommended:

You can find Nic and McKenzie on IG: @norris_clan_2.0 + @nicholasbertram
 
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This was a special interview for us because Linda Carlos, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, was Karissa's supervisor before she became licensed several years ago.

Linda was trained at Fuller Theological Seminary and has a deep understanding of how to integrate faith and practice. She has been a therapist for 30+ years, has two private practices in California and is an expert on attachment. In this podcast episode, Linda helps us understand attachment styles and how they impact our relationships as adults.

Linda recommended:

You can contact Linda Carlos: lindacarlos@creeksidetherapists.com
 
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When faced with a cancer diagnosis, the way you respond (both as an individual and as a couple) speaks volumes of your maturity, character, and depth.

We had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Daniel Blash and his lovely wife Annemarie Blash about various struggles and setbacks they've experienced in their lifetime together. Their response was unique and reflected the depth of trust they have in God -- a faith that doesn't deny the facts, but defies the facts.

Together, Daniel and Annemarie pastor in St. Louis, Missouri and Dr. Blash also practices as a Psychologist in St. Louis, Missouri.

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