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Different By Design Builds Marriages in All Life Stages

Three Ways Practitioners Use Curriculum to Equip Couples Healthy, mutually supportive marriages become that way intentionally. So say our certified practitioners, who use Different By Design marriage curriculum in all kinds of settings. Different By Design guides couples through the process of identifying their individual strengths, their spouse’ ...

Different By Design, Part 7: Managing Differences from This Day Forward

Differences between a husband and wife need not be a threat in marriage … but rather can be the most significant factor pulling them together. That is the truth that has slowly dawned on Roger and Darlene. You’ll recall this couple had committed to attending a marriage conference at their church, but each did so filled with doubts. Yet over the ...

Different By Design, Part 6: Facing Risk Together

Do You Color Inside the Lines or Outside the Lines? As the marriage conference presenter continued to speak, Darlene glimpsed over at her husband. Roger had flipped his conference booklet page to the next page and was busily filling in blanks. Darlene nudged him. “You’re not following the speaker’s directions,” she hissed. Roger stared at h ...

Different By Design, Part 5: Managing Change Together

How Do You and Your Spouse Pass the Baton to One Another? Do you plan for change, taking a logical, systematic approach to working your way through tasks? Or maybe you allow change to drive your plans. As life events enter your world you get excited and move into a new activity spontaneously. Chances are you tend towards one option that is more nat ...

Different By Design, Part 4: Processing Information With Your Spouse

Seeing Well With Two Sets of Eyeglasses Roger and Darlene sat down at the table at the same time, each with a cup of coffee. It was halfway through the marriage conference and the couple had just returned from a break. Roger reached for his eyeglasses and put them on. Suddenly, everything was a blur. He looked up into the room, but everything was f ...

Different By Design, Part 3: Problem Solving Together With Your Spouse

Problem Solving: Do You Step In or Step Back? When you’re faced with a problem, do you step in and work to solve it right away – boldly and directly? Or maybe you step back cautiously and calculate the costs of your options before you make a decision. Chances are, you tend towards one option which is more natural to you. So does your spouse. Pr ...

Different By Design, Part 2: Incompatibility

Incompatibility: a Powerful Basis for a Great Marriage Incompatibility is cited as the cause for divorce in more than half American marital breakups. But what if differences between a husband and wife are not a threat in their marriage … but rather can be the most significant factor pulling them together? That is the truth that slowly dawned on R ...

Different By Design, Part 1: Marriage Is Not What You Expected

Are You Surprised By Differences in Your Marriage? “Are you paying the bills?” Roger asked his wife Darlene as he rushed into the kitchen on Saturday morning. He noticed Darlene sitting at the table with the checkbook, a pen, and a stack of envelopes. But as usual, Roger was running late. The couple was due at church for a marriage conference i ...

Counselor Invests in Marriges and Teams Using Profiles

During the 40+ years as a lead pastor, Jimmy McLeod discovered his special abilities in counseling individuals and conducting support groups, later honing those skills by becoming a board certified pastoral counselor. Today, Jimmy counsels individuals, couples, and families full-time at Becomer Counseling Services, and also consults with churches, ...

How to Study Scriptures About Strengths, Part 4

Part 4: Compare Bible Commentaries Fourth in a series providing a practical guide for studying scriptures about strengths. As you study what God says in His Word about differences, you are better able to embrace your individual strengths, the strengths of those around you, and blend to build healthy relationships. You undergo a personal journey of ...
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