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Conflict is inevitable. How you handle conflictnow that is the issue. We need to accept that conflict is a part of our relationships and work through it in a healthy way.   Here are ten steps you can use in resolving conflict.   I have adapted these from the PREPARE/ENRICH Program. 1. Schedule a specific place, date, and time to address the conflict. The date needs to be scheduled soon. Conflict doesn’t solve itself. You may stuff it and try»
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Courtesy of daniellelorenz/Creative Commons License Is there someone who is no longer a part of your life and you don't know why?  I've got a few; however, the one that sticks out to me the most is one of my roommates from college.  We were tight our first three years of college and then something happened.  Once in a while we'll catch up with one another; however, the relationship is not what it was, it's hard.  Again,»
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If you are alive, sooner or later, you will run into the buzz saw of conflict. Some people visit the land of conflict occasionally. Others seem to make the land of conflict their permanent residence. I will address this important issue over the next few blogs. But let’s begin with a biblical foundation.   What does the Bible say about conflict?   1. My sinful nature is the source of conflict. I always want to blame others for the clashes I»
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Personal conflicts are a part of every day; we can’t avoid them. Take this humorous story as an example: There was a church where the preacher and the song leader were not getting along. As time went by this began to spill over into the worship service. The first week the preacher preached on commitment and how we all should dedicate ourselves to the service of God. The song leader lead the song “I shall not be moved.” The second week the p»
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Our perceptions, that is, our interpretation of what our spouse says, does or thinks (whether true or not), can make or break our relationship.  It fuels our behaviour.  It frames our outlook.  Our perceptions shape our attitude as well as our sense of reality. In fact, at any moment, we believe our perception is our reality.  That’s the basis of a great deal of conflict.  What one person perceives as reasonable or appropriate, another per»
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Conflict is inevitable in any marriage relationship.  I used to falsely believe that all conflict was bad.  This led to more harm than good. The issue is not whether couples will have conflict; the issue is how they approach or deal with the conflict.  The truth is: all conflict is not created equal. Good conflict, in contrast to a bad conflict, is helpful not hurtful.  It is positive, not negative.  Good conflict stays clean but bad conflic»
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As a leader, there are many times I feel like the mediator between opposing viewpoints. I’m steering towards a common, shared vision, but there are a myriad of opinions in how we accomplish the vision. I’m not afraid of conflict on a team. In fact, I think it can be healthy for the team if handled correctly. It keeps tension from building unnecessarily, simply because emotions and opinions were hidden rather than addressed. It brings new idea»
Blog Entry | Family >
Okay...so you have an issue with your child's teacher. What are you going to do?I've been on both sides of the desk. Most parents are reasonable and so are most teachers. Usually issues can be resolved amicably. One mom told me her daughter said she was going to have to go to summer school because she wasn't reading out of a particular book. The child was so distraught she didn't want to go to school. Thankfully the mom spoke with the instru»
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There are many benefits of a good fight.  Healthy fighting not only keeps us together it makes our marriage better on numerous accounts. 4 benefits of a good fight (these are taken from Dr. Les and Lesley Parrott’s book “The Good Fight: How Conflict Can Bring You Closer.”) 1. Authenticity: A good fight keeps us real. Marriage is the closest bond possible between two people. Legally, socially, emotionally and physically, there is no other»
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The Silent Treatment Have you ever got the silent treatment? You know the icy-est of cold shoulders? The rapid construction of that invisible but oh so noticeable wall where nothing seemingly gets in and nothing gets out? It is the emotional state where “I am so seething mad with you right now, I refuse to even waste my breathe in your direction!”. Yes, the silent treatment. It’s never nice. It causes the mind to race, the heart to acceler»