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Marriage 911

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Dr. David Hawkins is the director of The Marriage Recovery Center and has been helping couples in crisis restore and revitalize their relationships for more than 30 years.

At The Marriage Recovery Center, Dr. Hawkins promotes '3 Days To a New Marriage, Guaranteed!' Contact TMRC for a free 20-minute consultation.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

One Spouse Can Save a Marriage

Marriage counselor Dr. David Hawkins advises on how a marriage can be saved even if only one spouse is showing signs of a willingness to change.

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

E-Motions: Do You Know Them?

Seeking the ability to clearly and effectively name the “energy in motion” will be helpful in all aspects of your life.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Power of Active Listening

Marriage counselor Dr. David Hawkins shares some of the payoffs of active listening and steps that we can take that lead the way to silencing our inner voices so that we can cultivate good listening skills.

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Have the Courage to Change

It is difficult to change. Now of course that is not news to you. Facing your faults, honestly, is not only frightening, but very challenging. We have practiced our behaviors, and our behavior faults, for a long time. These behaviors come easily and naturally to us. It should come as no surprise then that changing entrenched character patterns is tough, tough work.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

You Can Avoid Arguments

If you could ensure that you never had another argument, would that interest you? At first glance you might say, ‘Of course. Who wants to argue?’ Some people actually are argumentative. This is a character trait that is wired into them, and unwiring it from your personality may be more difficult than you think.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Are You Disconnected from Your Spouse?

Maintaining healthy connections is harder than you might think. A deep sigh, a wrinkled brow, even a short, sarcastic comment are enough to break an emotional connection to your mate. A hostile glance there, and sniping barb here, and you more than enough fuel to blow apart a relationship.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Are You Prepared for the Next Storm to Hit Your Marriage?

Are you prepared for the next storm that may already be brewing between you and your mate? Do you have any idea what it might be and how it might present itself? Most important, are you ready for it? Many would say we should focus only on the problems of today. After all, didn’t Jesus even say that today has enough problems of its own and we need not worry about tomorrow?

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

When Was the Last Time You Were Nice to Your Spouse?

I kissed my wife goodbye this morning. No, not for good. Only for the day. But, the gesture was noticed by her. My wife, Christie, made special mention of my actions earlier this evening. “I’ve noticed you taking the recycling out and that you called to wish me a good day,” she said with a big smile. “I appreciate you calling me, even if I don’t return your call.”

posted @ Tuesday, November 04, 2014 4:11 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Don’t Opinionate Your Mate

Stan and Jessie were a young couple seeking services from us at The Marriage Recovery Center. Both 28 years old, and only married three years, they were already in trouble. “We bicker all the time,” Jessie said, her face drawn and her words spoken slowly, barely covering her sadness. Stan sat at the end of the couch, looking at her.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Are You Hours Away from Divorce?

It was yet another tearful farewell to a couple leaving The Marriage Recovery Center. While it was a joyful parting, their entry into work at the Center was not nearly as gentle and compassionate. Lily and Jerry had come to the Center days earlier, “hours away from divorce.” Their detached, hostile attitude toward each other reflected the truth of that statement. Barely speaking, I could sense I had my work cut out for me.

posted @ Monday, September 22, 2014 5:13 PM | Feedback (1)