Happy New Year! What are you hoping for in 2017?
You’ve made your resolutions, listed your goals, and penciled in your plans…
Don’t you just love the way a new year stretches out full of possibility?
Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?
I quit making resolutions several years ago because I don’t like going into the year with negatives on my heart and mind. Goals make more sense to me as I try to make positive objectives, not past failures my motivation.
My goal last year was to learn as much as I could about what I believed, why I believed it, and how to make my faith a more prominent part of my daily life. So, I studied the Scriptures to find out more about things like freedom, wisdom, prayer, and stillness. And then I looked at ways to intentionally apply what I learned to my life.
Thank you so much for sharing that experience with me.
I know I will never “finish” the faith project as I will always want to grow closer to and know more about my heavenly Father, in this writing space it’s time to move on to a new theme.
I’ve been planning for months, so I’m super excited to finally be able to tell you what you will find here in 2017…
Every relationship you and I have is or should be affected by our relationship to God through Jesus.
We are all connected. It’s the way God planned it.
Then the Lord God took dust from the ground and formed a man from it. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nose, and the man became a living person. Genesis 2:7
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him.” Genesis 2:18
So the Lord God caused the man to sleep very deeply, and while he was asleep, God removed one of the man’s ribs. Then God closed up the man’s skin at the place where he took the rib. The Lord God used the rib from the man to make a woman, and then he brought the woman to the man. Genesis 2:21–22
From that point, people have been related to each other.
Of course, it didn’t take long for the enemy of our souls wreak havoc on our relationships. And I don’t know about you, but I think it feels like he is working overtime.
As I talk to friends and family, look around while running errands, take part in groups, work with others, everywhere I go . . . people add more stress and anxiety to our lives than anything else.
People are unpredictable, challenging, opinionated, bossy, glory seeking, benders of truth.
Not you and me of course, but other people . . . they can be a handful.
Truthfully, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have at least one relationship that is hurting their heart and making life difficult.
And that makes me wonder…
As followers of Jesus, who have experienced God’s love and grace shouldn’t our relationships be different?
Absolutely! But it’s hard and often we don’t know what to do or what to say.
The world tells us how to be politically correct to make our relationships better but in all honesty, I don’t see how that’s working out very well.
So, like The Faith Project, The Relationship Project will dig deep into what God says about living connected to each other and then look for ways to apply His Word to our lives in ways that will bless our marriages, families, friendships, and work relationships.
Jesus showed people a better way. The apostles wrote extensively about how Jesus’ followers should live together in community.
So, let’s actually apply godly wisdom and bless our relationships like crazy.
I need your help!
As I plan the year, it would help me to know your greatest relationship struggles.
What your friends and family are telling you they find most challenging.
Interference by Friends and Family?
Forgiveness of Past Offenses?
Changing and Differing Goals?
Style Differences in Parenting?
Household Management and Responsibility?
Dealing with Stress and Anxiety?
Coworkers and the Demands of Work?
Core Values and Beliefs?
Toddlers? Tweens? Teens? and Young Adult Children?
Let me know what you think and what you’d like to discuss. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. or leave a comment below.
If you’re a blogger, I’m accepting guest posts again this year.
Your relationship stories can bless and help others.
Our daughter and grandson spent a few days with us last week. At one point, in the middle of a game of Skip-bo she said, “Well, that was a learning experience!”
Yep, everything is a learning experience. Good or bad. Positive or negative. You and I are learning every day. We’re learning what works and what doesn’t. Who we can trust and who we can’t. When to react and when to wait. What builds relationships and what destroys.
We can learn from your learning experiences.
If you’re interested, you can find out more here.
And Now, Some Relationship Quotes to Kick off the New Year
“To be loved by God is the highest relationship, the highest achievement, and the highest position in life.” ~Henry Blackaby
“God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are.” ~Billy Graham
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5–6
“Countless mistakes in marriage, parenting, ministry, and other relationships are failures to balance grace and truth. Sometimes we neglect both. Often we choose one over the other.” ~Randy Alcorn
“We may not say that we have the answers. Questions of how to conduct oneself as a Christian, or how to serve as a Christian, must be answered by life itself- the life of the individual in his direct responsible relationship to God.” ~Elisabeth Elliot
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23
May you experience overflowing blessings in your relationships in 2017.
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