3 Blended Family Pitfalls that Can Destroy a Marriage:

  1. Putting your children before your spouse
  2. Reactive instead of proactive communication
  3. Thinking you’re alone in the storm

Cynthia shares practical solutions for each of these challenges in this episode. Listen in to become equipped as a blended family.

 

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While these books are written to help children and teens understand their blended family, their messages are great for the entire family. 

 
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"But when you turn off your emotions to the people you love, all it does is create distance. Especially us, as men. We tend to turn off all emotion, even when we don’t need to. That used to be me, but it all changed after I found myself on Ground Zero as a firefighter during 9/11.⁠
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The NYC fire department lost 343 firefighters. Being there on that day was like being on another planet. I saw so many people I knew just... vanish. But it was the months afterwards that were incredibly stressful.⁠
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We firefighters don’t get a lot of help with learning to talk about stressful events. We learn to separate our work from our home and that’s about it. The problem was that my wife was stressed out too. She felt like she couldn’t talk to me because she didn’t want to make me feel worse. Then, I couldn’t talk to her because I didn’t want to bring work home. What do you think started happening to my marriage?⁠
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There was no oxygen to give life to my marriage, so the distance crept in. So much of what I teach now is what I learned to do back then. It's called Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT). I never thought I’d be traveling around the world talking about emotions. It’s all about flexibility. If we’re okay getting help to turn it off, we should all be okay getting help to turn it back on.” — George Faller, MS, LMFT

 

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In this episode, Adam and Karissa reflect back on October 8, 2007 - a date that Adam was 10 minutes from death and called Karissa while stuck in the cab of an old truck at the bottom of a 40-ft ravine (while his lung filled up with blood). Listen in to hear the story and lessons learned.

 

Hope you'll join us LIVE on 1/15/21 @ 5:30pm where we'll share a template for YOUR goal setting session and we'll share OUR 2021 goals. We'll also cover "How to Write a Marriage Mission Statement".
 
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Every year between 12/26 and 12/31, we sit down with intentionality and map out new habits for each area of our life and marriage - including our sex life! Hope you'll join us LIVE on 1/15/21 @ 5:30pm where we'll share a template for YOUR goal setting session and we'll share OUR 2021 goals. :)
 
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Don't get so caught up with the holiday hurry that you miss out on sweet moments with each other. Try these 5 things to stay connected with your lover this week!
 
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In this episode, we interview Nick and Amy McKinlay, the creators of the Christian marriage app, @ultimateintimacyapp. This couple figured out how to attain and maintain ultimate intimacy, so they created an app for it so that they could help many more couples on this journey!

 

Hear their story about how they went from quantity sex to quality sex after having four children. 

 

You can reach Nick and Amy at:

amy@ultimateintimacy.com

 

Nick and Amy Recommended:

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In this interview, we interview Christian apologist Nancy Pearcey on her new book, Love Thy Body. Yes, the title is a little shocking to some, but it is, as she argues, the biblical point of view. The body is created by God and is good. Down through the centuries, as secularism has taken root, the reverence for the body as God's creation has been displaced. We explore these topics along with asking, "What, if any, non-biblical ideas about the body have infiltrated Christianity? What's the societal result of not loving your body?"

Tune in for this fascinating conversation. 

 

You can reach Nancy at:

www.nancypearcey.com

 

Nancy Recommended:

 
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"If you’re hesitant in moving forward with your relationship because it might take away from your degree, then you might need to take a step back and think about several other things going on in your relationship.⁠

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When you make the decision to get married while in school, you have to make it as a team. You need to have the mentality that says, ‘I’ll be there for you.’ or ‘I’ll go back to school with you.’⁠" - Curtis and Korena Hendryx

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Take it from a couple that obtained a bachelors, masters, teaching credential, law degree and passed the bar exam... all within 7 years of marriage.⁠ Even if you or your spouse don't plan on going to school but want to be successful as a couple, you don't want to miss this podcast episode!

 

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  • @chendryx + @korenahendryx
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“My biggest piece of advice for the wedding night: Don’t aim for intercourse, aim for arousal.⁠
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Christian women experience sexual pain at twice the rate of the general population… so this is OUR problem. I think a large part of that is due to the rushing for intercourse on the wedding night, even if she’s been looking forward to sex her whole life.⁠
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The reason we tell dating couples to avoid lying down on a couch together and making out is because once you start in that progression, it can be hard to stop. The couples that avoid those things when they’re dating often end up completely skipping steps on their wedding night. They’re thinking, 'Now we can have sex, so why would you do all those middle things?'⁠
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That’s why I ask couples to ask themselves why it is that those middle things are arousing? Why is making out while your hands wander arousing?⁠ It’s often because you’re not aiming for anything — you’re just enjoying each other. You’re taking a really long time and you’re RELAXED together.⁠
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What happens for many couples on their wedding night is that they feel like they have to have sex… so they take off their clothes and try intercourse. In the surveys that we did, a lot of women said that they were not aroused the first time they had sex and that’s a problem…⁠
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Instead of aiming for intercourse on your wedding night, aim for arousal so you can stay relaxed together. I know it’s really difficult because you’ve been looking forward to this your whole life, but just trust me on this one.” — Sheila Wray Gregoire, MA⁠
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Listen in to hear the much-needed conversation we have with award-winning author/public speaker, Sheila Wray Gregoire.⁠

Sheila recommended:

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