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"You Do Not Have A Marriage Problem That God Cannot Fix"
If the Spirit of God raised Jesus from the dead, then He can certainly resurrect a dead marriage.  

However, they typical 1-hr session approach doesn't work, you need an Accelerated Marriage Counseling approach (AMC).

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Most women out of a genuine love for their children are determined to be all that their kids need: maid, taxi driver, tutor, nurse . . . But, at times, most of her time, energy (physical and emotional) are spent on the well-being of her kids.


Great mothers and great fathers, in their zeal to be "super-moms" and "super-dads," sometimes neglect each another and their marriage relationship begins to suffer. They are aware of the problem but justify it thinking:


"My partner's an adult, he / she can take of herself / himself; the children need me - and if I have to choose between the two, my spouse can wait."


In doing so they fail to realize that the quickest way to damage the kids is to weaken the marriage relationship. Conversely, one of the best ways they can love their kids is to love each other.


Children must see mom and dad "prioritize" the marriage as the first of God's ordained human relationships (Gen. 2:18). Children feel secure when they see strong and stable intimacy between their parents. To have a healthy marriage and family, both parents and children must sense that mom and dad love each other and are committed "till death do us part."


In "blended families" parents often feel pressure to "make up for" a broken home by "prioritizing" children above the new marriage. This is the opposite of what is needed! When parents divorce, children especially need to see husbands and wives live out Christ's unconditional and committed love toward one another.


*(Adapted from Great Commandment Message, Dr. David Ferguson, Intimate Life Ministries)

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Practical Suggestions To Prioritize The Marriage Over Family


1. Reserve some knowledge that will be private among parents.


2. Reserve some feelings that will be private among parents: unresolved negative feelings toward certain family members, co-workers and others.


3. Reserve some topics that will be private among parents: sexual issues, unhealed personal family history, financial, family status.


4. Reserve some time to be private among parents. Get a lock on your bedroom door. Children should knock before entering.


5. Verbally acknowledge the "oneness" of your relationship in front of others. Greet your spouse with a hug, allow the children to "catch" you hugging, hold hands, sit together when watching TV.


7. Allow children to see signs of caring: giving gifts, flowers, serving each other or doing chores for each other.


8. Go on dates at least twice a month. Dress up and model proper dating habits and good manners.


9. Support your spouse when they discipline the children. Be sure to confer privately if you do not agree.


10. Support your spouse's parenting policies when they are absent. Support the rules that have already been set and if rules should be changed, both parents should discuss the changes together and privately. If a child asks you for something, see to it that the child has not already asked the other parent first.


11. Show praise and appreciation for your spouse in front of the children.


12. Encourage your spouse in front of the children. Focus on praising character qualities of spouse apart from what they do.


Project: Ask your spouse to honestly share with you, ways in which you have not prioritized your marriage and specifically, ways in which you have chosen the children over your spouse. Ask forgiveness for this wrong. You might need to talk to the children, explaining to them how you have been wrong and how you intend to correct the situation.


The well-being of your marriage and your relationship with your children will be strengthened as you prioritize the intimacy in marriage.



2-Day Marriage ClinicMarriageClinic                         Schedule/Register Now
NEXT CLINIC:  April 5-6, 2012

A 2-day clinic to learn / experience 25 Core Relational Life Skills.
 * The #1 reason marriages struggle and fail
 * One concept that stops all arguing
 * Why love is not meeting a need but the "Need Of The Moment"
 * How to heal and recover from past hurts
 * "Top 12 Needs Of Men And Women"
 * How to recover from infidelity
 * Learn essential lifestyle disciplines
 * How to communicate desires and hurts without provoking anger
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This is a group event but you never share your 'stuff' 
with the group. You learn 25 skills and then privately communicate with your partner. The only person you have to talk with is your spouse! 


2-Day Marriage Clinics are held on the first Thursday / Friday of every month from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.  The 2012 schedule is:  

Jan 5-6

May 3-4

Sep 6-7

Feb 2-3

Jun 7-8

Oct 4-5

Mar 1-2

Jul 5-6

Nov 1-2

Apr 5-6

Aug 2-3

Dec 6-7

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Phone: (832) 358-0900   

3-Day Accelerated Marriage Counseling



 REGISTER NOW for 3-Day AMC           


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This is the fastest way to marital harmony!  Give us 3-days and you will experience the marriage you always dreamed of!



See 13 Reasons Accelerated Counseling is better than 1-hr sessions



You will learn: 


* The #1 reason marriages struggle and fail

* One concept that stops all arguing

* Why love is not meeting a need but the "Need Of The Moment"

* How to heal and recover from past hurts

* "Top 12 Needs of Men and Women"

* How to recover from infidelity

* Learn essential life style disciplines

* Get to the root of addictions

* How to communicate desires and hurts without provoking anger

* See more topics


Completely private: you, your partner and the counselor only.  No group sessions are included. 


Call to schedule. 


Phone: (832) 358-0900



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Terry Elkins MA
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To schedule individual counseling please contact Terry at:

Phone:  (832) 358-0900
New City Centre / Town & Country Office Location
(Katy Freeway@ Beltway 8)

10575 Katy Freeway, Suite 315
Houston, TX 77024-1012


About Karl Elkins, LPC, ThM, MA, CSC, BCPCC, DAPAAboutKarlElkins Karl Pic

Karl has 26 years of counseling experience
having seen over 3500 clients and is an Adjunct Instructor at College of Biblical Studies teaching Marriage and Family courses. He is Founder and President of Christway Counseling Center P.C. specializing in marriage and family counseling. He earned a Master's degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Master's degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. He was formerly on staff with Intimate Life Ministries and director of a Houston Minirth-Meier New Life Clinic. He is married to Terry Elkins and has two grown children.


If you schedule for the 2-Day Marriage Clinic by 4:30 p.m. 15 days before the event, save $60 off the regular registration price.

Coupon does not need to be printed or presented and the offer is transferable. Share this discount with friends and families that might benefit from the 2-Day Marriage Clinic.

Offer expires each month at 4:30 pm 15 days before next 2-Day Marriage Clinic