Articles

Jul
25
marriage
New Zealand has high rates of mental illness, with depression ranking among the most commonly diagnosed. Along with its debilitating effects on those diagnosed, depression can wreak havoc on even the healthiest of marriages.
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May
11
marriage
Easter has always been my favourite holiday of the Christian calendar. It’s less hectic than Christmas, with four days to reflect on and celebrate the centre of our faith. Easter is also a fantastic time to share the gospel with our children. Nurturing children in their love for Jesus is a major res…
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Sep
02
marriage
Talking about sex is one of the keys to an intimate marriage. Maybe you don't realise that the most important part of cultivating a healthy sex life is talking about it. It’s tough. It’s not typical dinner table conversation, especially if your kids are around. And yet it should be a priority.
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Sep
02
marriage
The reason communication about sex is often fuzzy or murky is because people want to save face and avoid outright rejection. It is a scary prospect for people to hear, “No” from their partner. They feel hurt. Instead of asking their partner directly to make love, many people tend to make indirect b…
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Sep
02
marriage
Easter has always been my favourite holiday of the Christian calendar. It’s less hectic than Christmas, with four days to reflect on and celebrate the centre of our faith. Easter is also a fantastic time to share the gospel with our children. Nurturing children in their love for Jesus is a major res…
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Aug
01
marriage
We’ve just experienced one of those big life moments and enjoyed a memorable weekend. Our daughter Olivia got engaged to a fine young man Asher Pilbrow and we couldn’t be happier. And nor could they! They have dated for almost 3 years and are now excited to begin their life journey together. As I w…
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Jul
22
marriage
If you haven't heard of John Gottman then I highly recommend that you check him out. He heads up the Gottman Institute which teaches marital and relationship stability. His findings after 40 years of studying thousands of couples have revolutionised the study of marriage.
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Jul
01
communication
Just this morning Andy said to me “Honey I think we’ll agree to disagree agreeably on this one”. That’s a good statement to hang on to in marriage – especially the ‘agreeably’ bit.
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Jun
13
general
So many wrote to say how much you enjoyed Brene´Brown that I decided to do a follow-up. I received a phone call today at the FamilyLife office - another SOS. One of our volunteers has a friend whose son was killed 2 months ago in a car crash. She wants to know what she can do to make the Mum f…
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Jun
03
general
I just love Brene´ Brown. If you haven’t come across any of her material I want to encourage you to check her out. She has given one of the most popular TED talks of all time. I’m sure you’ll identify with what she shares. Recently, I came across her own cool animated video on Blame and it has res…
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