When I was a little girl of eleven years, I lived in a rental house in Bryan, Texas with my three siblings, my wonderful stay-at-home mother and our hardworking M.D. (which stands, of course, for My Dad). Though we were enjoying homeschooling, getting involved in a new church and playing in our backyard that passers-by…
The way we are wired determines how we will hear, process, and respond, especially as we communicate with others
We can’t help it. Our personality influences how we react to situations and interact with others. My girls may be from the same family, with similar genetic make-up and certainly comparable life experiences, but when it comes to how they think, talk, listen, work, love, and serve they are nearly opposites. My guess is that you know exactly what I am talking about and have experienced personality conflicts — or let’s say challenges — with your loved ones, too.
My husband, Jon, and I have been married for four years.
We’ve spent over two of those years in counseling. We have what we lovingly refer to as a high maintenance marriage. We didn’t really have the honeymoon period that people talk about. We got married and hit the ground running. Two very different, very strong-willed people, thrust into a brand new situation with a lot of baggage. It’s a recipe for disaster, really.
When my first child was born someone gave me a baby gift that stayed in the drawer for a long time.
Because I didn’t know how it was meant to be used.
It was two hour-glass-shaped pieces of flannel sewn together, with filling in the middle like a quilt, but it wasn’t large enough to be a blanket. When I showed my husband the gift he shrugged his shoulders. I stuck the thing in a drawer.
As I look at my husband and two kids, I can see unique personality traits, passions, and spiritual gifts that God has placed within them. Sometimes it’s all too easy to fixate on the ways they are different from me. But in 1 Corinthians 12, Paul points out that God has purposefully made each of us unique. He never intended us to all be the same.
by Teri Lynne Underwood It seems every few years Christendom goes abuzz with spiritual gift inventories and tests we can take to determine where we fit into the Body. I’m not opposed to knowing your spiritual gifts. In fact, I think it can be incredibly helpful to understand where your giftedness lies and how you can…
For years, I buried my gift. Like the man in Matthew 25, I took what God had given me and hid it out of fear. Admitting this feels a bit shameful, because I have seen the fruit of spending the gift in Jesus’ name. I’ve gathered up words and prayed and shipped them out into the world expectant and hopeful that God can, and would use them as He found worthy so to do. But it wasn’t always this way.
Looking around the room, I desperately tried to quell the panic rising up in my throat. There were piles everywhere! I felt so overwhelmed. The truth that had been nudging me for a few days, now pierced through my brain fog with a question, “Katie, how would you tell your interns to view this situation?”…