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Post  Admin on Thu 03 Dec 2009, 11:46 am

Today's Daily Encounter

Enrich Your Family Life, Part III

"Don't sin by letting anger gain control over you.
Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry,
for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil."1

As noted yesterday, wherever people live together some
conflict is inevitable. Keep in mind, however, that
many reactions to conflict are overreactions caused by
unresolved conflicts from the past. For instance, if
you had a "nagging" parent and your partner even
appears to be "nagging," chances are your old feelings
will be triggered and you will overreact.

When we overreact, the overreaction is always our
problem. We need to accept responsibility for that and
not blame others. Otherwise, conflicts will remain
unresolved.

To admit that one is overreacting is being mature. To
blindly act out those feelings is immature. Instead,
when anxious emotions are triggered, don't deny these
feelings but say to yourself, "How would I act in this
situation if I weren't feeling so upset?" Then try to
act accordingly and then verbalize your feelings
without blaming the other person for them.

If overreaction is a pattern of your behavior, do not
hesitate to seek help from a competent pastor or
counselor. To admit need for help is also a sign of
maturity.

Forgiveness is another essential quality in healthy
relationships

"Many marriages are gradually eroded and eventually
destroyed because one person is unable to forgive,"
says Norman Wright. "A person who continually brings
up something his spouse did or said in the past
continues to punish the other person and erects a wall
of coldness."2

As God forgives us when we confess our wrongs, we also
need to forgive each other.3

Clear communications, doing things together, handling
conflicts creatively, and forgiving each other are all
vital for family harmony. However, the most important
need is to put God at the center of your home. He can
make a much better job of it than you can if you will
daily commit your life to him and follow his divine
order for the home.

Research has shown that families who are deeply
committed to their Christian faith have a much better
chance of having a happy marriage and home. A good way
to start is by going to church this week as a family.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, whenever I have a
conflict with any friend or family member, please help
me to communicate effectively without overreacting or
playing the blame game. And where I've been hurt,
please help me to deal with my feelings in a creative
way and forgive the one who hurt me as you have so
freely forgiven me. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

NOTE: This series on the family is adapted from the
online article, "Enrich Your Family Life" by Dick
Innes at. http://tinyurl.com/enrich-family-life.

1. Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT).
2. Family Life Today, January 1980.
3. See Colossians 3:13.

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Post  Admin on Wed 02 Dec 2009, 9:15 am

Today's Daily Encounter

Enrich Your Family Life, Part I"Love one another."1A small-town newspaper included the
following classified ad in its Monday edition: "FOR
SALE: R. D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale.
Phone 958 after 7 p.m. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who
lives with him cheap." On Tuesday: "NOTICE: We regret
having erred in R.D. Jones' ad yesterday. It should
have read: One sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone
958 and ask for Mrs. Kelly who lives with him after 7
p.m." On Wednesday the ad was confused again. Finally,
on Thursday the ad read: NOTICE: I, R.D. Jones, have no
sewing machine for sale. I smashed it. Don't call 958
as the telephone has been taken out. I have not been
carrying on with Mrs. Kelly. Until yesterday she was
my housekeeper, but she quit." Following are several
helpful suggestions for enriching your family life and
greatly improving interpersonal relationships:Improve
family communicationsFaulty communications cause
innumerable problems. This is especially true in the
home. In fact, one of the first steps to improve
family relationships is to improve family
communications. Family members need to talk
meaningfully to each other every day, to show an
interest in each other, to give constant understanding
and approval, and to share and accept one another’s
feelings. Each member also needs to be given a say in
family matters. When this is done, practical
compromises--the oil for smooth family living--can be
worked out. Communication, of course, goes two ways.
It involves not only talking but listening creatively;
that is, listening to the real message behind the
words. Sometimes family members will say one thing
when they mean another. For example, Dave asks June,
his wife, if she'd like to go out for dinner. June is
tired and doesn't want to go, but feels Dave might be
hurt if she says no. So she agrees. Then she feels
resentful because Dave didn't know how she was
feeling. As a result, the dinner date was a flop. If
Dave is listening creatively, he may detect when June
is saying "yes" but means "no." However, it is
important for all family members to say what they want
and not leave others to guess. Suggested prayer: "Dear
God, help me to learn how to communicate effectively
so that I can be a better friend, companion, and
family member. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."To be
continued.1. John 13:34. <Smile)))><

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Enrich Your Family Life, Part II"Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love
them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the
good. Love each other with genuine affection."1Avoid
inflammatory wordsTo enrich your family life, it is
also important to avoid inflammatory words such as,
"You never" or "You always." Such statements are
rarely true. Put-downs also need to be avoided. They
are thinly veiled expressions of hostility. It is much
kinder to admit when you are feeling hurt or angry. In
his book, An Answer to Family Communications, H.
Norman Wright tells of a study that compared happily
married couples with unhappily married ones. The study
showed that the happily married couples: 1. Talked more
to each other2. Conveyed the feeling that they
understood what was being said to them3. Had a
wider range of subjects available to them to talk
about4. Preserved the communication channels and kept
them open no matter what happened5. Showed more
sensitivity to each other's feelings6. And made more
use of nonverbal techniques of communication.
Spending more time together is equally important for
strengthening family relationships. When couples are
too busy for this, they are too busy. Families need to
consider whether a father or mother should refuse a
promotion if it means less time at home or if parents
should limit participation in activities to allow for
family togetherness. Conflicts also need to be faced
and handled creatively. "When a married couple says
they've never had a disagreement, they are lying, have
poor memory, or one partner has been made a zero in the
relationship," says Clark Hensley, director of the
Mississippi Christian Action Commission. Wherever
people live together some conflict is inevitable.
Differences and frustrations (including money
management and sexual problems) need to be talked
about and resolved. If they aren't, they will
eventually be acted out through depression, ill
health, or broken relationships. Suggested prayer:
"Dear God, please help me to understand what it takes
to develop loving family relationships. And help me to
practice and live what I learn. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."To be continued…1. Romans 12:9-10 (NLT).
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