Reclaim Your Creative Spirit

Written by Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

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Exploring our creativity also gives us another opportunity to get to know ourselves. Inrepparttar words of T. Byram Karasu in "The Art of Serenity", artistic acts "intensify emotions, heightenrepparttar 136437 sense of existence, and invite contemplation. One need not be a fine artist. Woodworking, gardening, writing letters, weaving, or knitting could serve as a prism." Just as we can come to know much about God through God's creation, sorepparttar 136438 works that we create (with God's assistance) can tell us much about ourselves. The act of creating can also be very therapeutic in that we can release emotions that might otherwise remain buried inside. 10 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity

1)Pay attention torepparttar 136439 world around you - engage your senses. What arerepparttar 136440 sights, smells, and sounds that you encounter each day? 2)Indulge a passion that you have left behind, a hobby or sport that you used to enjoy. 3)Try something that you have always wanted to do. 4)Play a game - allow yourself to have fun. 5)Write a letter to a friend. 6)Take a crayon and some paper and scribble. 7)Encounter nature - work in a garden or go for a walk. 8)Daydream 9)Cut out an inspiring quote from a book and stick it to your refrigerator. 10)Don't worry aboutrepparttar 136441 outcome - enjoyrepparttar 136442 process!

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is editor of "The Spiritual Woman Newsletter" and author of "Letters to Mary from a Young Mother" (iUniverse, 2004). She has a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Theology from Elms College and is married with two young sons.

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is editor of "The Spiritual Woman Newsletter" and author of "Letters to Mary from a Young Mother" (iUniverse, 2004). She has a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Theology from Elms College and is married with two young sons.

Why Receive Christian Pre-marital Counseling?

Written by W Melendez

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It is certainly natural for a marital counselor to talk about spiritual intimacy. Inrepparttar book, The Five Love Needs of Men and Women, Christian marital experts Dr. Gary and Barbara Rosberg explain how there are two kinds of intimacy in marriage, physical and spiritual. Differences in religion could lead to a lack of understanding and different values. But not everything is religion.

Counselor Grisel López of El Sendero de la Cruz Christian Church in Puerto Rico explains that even inrepparttar 136406 case thatrepparttar 136407 couple is ofrepparttar 136408 same religion, some couples do not have compatibility of ministries. For example, if both are church leaders, and one sings inrepparttar 136409 altar andrepparttar 136410 other preaches, they are compatible. But if one is training to be a foreign missionary andrepparttar 136411 other is a pastor of a local church, then one ofrepparttar 136412 two will have to give up his or her dreams forrepparttar 136413 success ofrepparttar 136414 other, because they can not make both dreams come true and live together happily atrepparttar 136415 same time.

She adds that even church leaders, who knowrepparttar 136416 Bible in general, still need pre-marital counseling. Some churches do not require pre-marital counseling for church leaders becauserepparttar 136417 leaders know Christianity well, yetrepparttar 136418 divorce rate for Christians is aboutrepparttar 136419 same as for non-Christian marriages.

According to Dr. Wayne A. Mack, some ofrepparttar 136420 things covered in pre-marital counseling are relations with in-laws, making a budget together, comparing differences inrepparttar 136421 way each one expresses love, good communication (a factor in most marital problems), and conflict resolution. It is important to plan ahead how you will approach problem solving, not waiting forrepparttar 136422 problems to begin and then start by seeking marital therapy. This is because there will be problems anyway so reducing their volatility will prevent bad memories that are hard to forget later.

Dr. Mack’s workbook, Preparing for Marriage God’s Way, can be used both in addition to marital therapy, (or independently, for those persons who live in areas where there is little availability of Christian pre-marital therapy). Two copies ofrepparttar 136423 workbook are used. Each member ofrepparttar 136424 couple reads and fills outrepparttar 136425 answers individually. Thenrepparttar 136426 couple meet and discus their answers together. Mack suggests they can make note of significant differences and seek therapy for those issues as well.

Pre-marital counseling can be fun also. You get to take personality tests with your betrothed, learning more about each other inrepparttar 136427 process. Or it could lead to more deeper and interesting conversations to talk with your loved one. Some people think they already know each other well. But even people who have been married twenty years face surprises.

You should also find out some of your betrothed’s faults inrepparttar 136428 process. There may be faults that you understand about, this is called unconditional love. But there could also be faults that you do not tolerate. Some things are not negotiable like giving little importance to fidelity. Others might not matter to one husband, for example, that his future wife likes a relaxed style of housekeeping, as long as she is a business woman, but it could matter a lot to another man. Counselor Grisel López teaches thatrepparttar 136429 best way to find your ideal love is to tellrepparttar 136430 truth about how you are so you can find someone who will be happy with you instead of turned off. If you do not reveal your faults you will not know if it is safe to relax your guard with your betrothed and findrepparttar 136431 joy of being loved as you are.

Joshua Harris’ book, Boy meets Girl; Dr. Wayne Mack’s workbook, Preparing for Marriage God’s Way; and Dr. Gary and Barbara Rosberg’s book, The Five Love Needs of Men and Women; are available in English atrepparttar 136432 author’s Christian Bookstore link:

Wilma Melendez has been a born again Christian for 18 years. She attends El Sendero de La Cruz Christian Church in Puerto Rico and is a counseling student of their Theological Seminary. She studies the Bible auto didactically using books from her online Christian bookstore: Her home page is at

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