I am fortunate to have grown up in a fairly large family where I had a brother and three sisters. I am fond of my family and consider my childhood to have been a blessing. Whether you were raised in a large or small family, a healthy one or one filled with dysfunction, you are now able to choose your family. Not a biological one, of course, but rather one of your own making. You can hand-select people you want to be around you. Scripture tells us, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17). Whether you have a biological family you can rely upon or not, know that you can create a new ‘family’ you can lean on in good times and bad. 

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and TwitterDr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at drdavid@marriagerecoverycenter.com. Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed! He is also excited to continue offering his special eBook, A Love Life of Your Dreams free for you to download.