Finding facts about how to break toxic relationship patterns is easy; dozens of books and articles teach couples and families how to change bad relationship habits. Much harder is finding the energy and strength you need to put knowledge into practice!
No relationship is perfect, and brutal honesty isn’t always the best policy. Neither is pretending to be happy in a relationship that needs pruning, weeding, or a fresh new field! To grow and flourish, healthy relationships need to be tended with love and care.
As a Christian, you believe a Holy Spirit-filled life gives you strength, power, joy, peace and freedom. But how do you strengthen your relationship with the Holy Spirit? After all, it’s not like you can invite Him out for coffee, over for dinner, or out for a walk.
Maybe somebody said, “It’s not you, it’s me” while breaking up with you or ending a friendship. Maybe you yourself have even said it! “I’m sorry, but our relationship isn’t working out. You didn’t do anything wrong. It’s not you, it’s me.”
Figuring out God’s call on your life can be confusing as a corn maze — especially when we don’t have all the rules and instructions set before us. Not like back in the day, in the Old Testament times. I bet Moses and the Israelites never asked, “what does God want from me today?”
Having a more meaningful relationship with God won’t guarantee good times, health or wealth. Just the opposite, in fact! The closer you are to Jesus, the deeper your compassion, love and sensitivity to others’ pain and suffering in the world.
Changing the way you see God will change your life, your relationships, and every experience you have. Yes, you will find happiness and even joy when you change the way you see God! But how do you experience God in a different way? How do you revive a stale relationship with Jesus Christ and renew your connection with the Holy Spirit?
Surrendering your worries and cares to God seems like it should be easy, but it’s actually quite hard. It’s like learning how to stop worrying what people think – much easier said than done!