TRANSITIONS

Sep 6, 2017 by

In a five month span in 2017 our family has experienced a lot of transition. Jerolyn and I resigned a position, stepped out in a new business venture, and relocated some 2000 miles…temporarily to see where home base for our business should be located. At the same time, our youngest child also started a new position and moved several hundred miles. Our oldest and her family assumed a new position in ministry work while purchasing their first home. Finally, our son and middle child, well…they just purchased their first home. Jokingly, we said just buying a first home was the easiest transition of all of our changes.

We have always placed a high value on our family relationships, and these transitions have caused us to be even more intentional on making these family relationships stronger than ever before. Planning trips to be together, using technology to keep in touch and see one another, as well as, simple texts and calls help us to stay connected across three time zones. We are so thankful for technology to have video conference calls with our kids and grandkids. It’s not the same as being physically together, but it does get us closer than generations before us have had and helps our granddaughters remember, recognize, and even reach out to us via the screen.

Whether you are only a few blocks apart or separated by thousands of miles and multiple time zones, in what ways are you being more intentional to value, develop, and strengthen those family relationships?

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How Do You Say, “I’m Sorry?”

Jul 1, 2015 by

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Jerolyn recently wrote about Timing and Tone for Conflict Resolution. She did a great job and we actually heard back from different ones on this…Thanks!

Here is something of a throwback, but still relevant today, that ties in with us dealing with, and addressing conflict in relationships. It is really about our responsibility and ownership in relationships that can help us bring about resolution and health. What do you think? Would love your stories and thoughts on this…A couple of words that often seem out of date…Repentance and Restitution.

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TNT Confrontation

Jun 10, 2015 by

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How are you at confrontation? Most people I talk to say they hate confrontation and avoid it whenever possible. I don’t think there are many people who would say they love confrontation. For the most part, people would rather maintain peace, and confrontation does not seem very peaceful. But it can if done the right way.

I think there are two elements of confrontation that we must consider:

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It’s Not About Me!

May 13, 2015 by

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I can tend to be a very selfish person. Yep, I just put that out there. I like things a certain way – usually my way. I like people to behave the way I think they need to behave. I like to be taken care of. And as an introvert, I really like my alone time. Just being honest here.

But lately God keeps bringing people into my life with the reminder that “It’s not about me!”

My first thought is, “But why can’t it be about me?” (Sigh) Then I put on my big girl pants, remember I’m not an infant, and get to being about my Father’s business.

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How to Navigate Personalities

Mar 19, 2015 by

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One of the amazing parts of being in relationship with others is experiencing so many varied personalities. One of the greatest challenges of being in relationship with others is navigating so many varied personalities. Right?!

Whether dealing with a spouse, a child, a parent, a co-worker, a friend….we have so many personalities to rummage through. And some are easier than others to live with. So how do we have relationship with people who are so complex and different?

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