November 6, 2017

Why do you get upset? Is it because of social injustices against others, unfair treatment in work situations, or do you feel you are the only one who really gets it?

That was me for years and I still struggle with that "stinkin' thinkin'". The truth is, I am not the o...

July 26, 2017

Did you ever respond to your spouse in a snappy way and realize, as the words were coming out, that you were wrong? It happens all the time to me. My wife tries to help me by offering good advice about directions or how to fix something.

My unhealthy response is to snap...

April 17, 2017

Our final installment in this Active Listening series deals with using “I” messages, and a method known as “Redirecting”.

By using “I” in your statements, you direct focus back to the problem and not to the person you are listening to. An “I-message” lets you share wi...

March 21, 2017

This week’s approach continues to build on the “reflecting” technique, but focuses entirely on precisely what the speaker is feeling. This is referred to as “Emotional Labeling”.   Using this approach, the listener puts perceived feelings into words in an effort to hel...

November 4, 2016

Do you have something to say to your spouse; some message you've genuinely got to get across?  Try to remember to craft that communication so that it "may give grace to the hearer" Ephesians 4:29.  In other words, just because you have a thought or feeling doesn't nece...

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