Of all the things that make us anxious most often, people are at the top of the list. Dr. Donna Hart unpacks some common patterns when fear begins to dominate our conflicts. She ends with three reminders to those battling anxiety because of relational unrest.
How to Avoid Relational Fireworks
As families gather together to enjoy fireworks in early July, many fear that relational fireworks might appear too. Family gatherings, congregation church meetings, city council meetings, and children’s playoff sporting events all have the potential for relational fireworks. How do you prepare yourself when you have to be there, but you fear the relational hurt that often accompanies volatile situations? … Read More
How is the warmth of your relationships?
Last week in Chicago we set records for cold weather, and the hero of my week was my new gas furnace. Despite having -50° wind-chill, our family stayed warm during the 48 hours straight that we stayed inside. One of life’s realities is that relationships, like a heater in the brutal cold, take work to stay warm. If we ignore … Read More
Thanksgiving Can Transform Your Relationships
It’s more than turkey and pumpkin pie, or awkward family situations. Those who practice Thanksgiving on a daily basis find that the practice of intentionally “giving thanks” to God and others impacts their life in incredible ways. Why does Thanksgiving make such a difference? Here are four ways that an intentional focus on thanksgiving can make a difference in your … Read More
5 Keys to Better Communication, 1 of 2
Do you want to know the 5 keys to better communication? Who doesn’t? This is the first post in a two-part series on better communication. Find the second post here. God’s Word guides us in how to communicate in order to keep unity in our relationships. There is no clearer description than in the book of Ephesians. Chapters one through … Read More