The Best Hidden Skill That Can Change Your Relationships: Embracing Your Story (Part II)

The Best Hidden Secret that can change your relationships- Self Awareness Part 2

Last week we kicked off The Best Hidden Skill That Can Change Your Relationships Series with the importance of knowing the Lord. This week we’re discussing embracing your story. This also could be called your testimony. We each have a special story to tell. Some chapters we share freely, because they are lovely and full of triumph. Others we choose not to read aloud, because they’re packed with hurt, grief, and regret. No matter what your story looks like, choose to accept it. Acknowledging our past (good and bad) can help us become more self-aware and it may also set someone else’s truth free.

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The Best Hidden Skill That Can Change Your Relationships: Knowing the Lord (Part I)

The Best Hidden Skill That Can Change Your Relationships Part I

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We are kicking off The Best Hidden Skill That Can Change Your Relationships Series with Part I: Knowing the Lord. I think this the most fundamental aspect of getting to know yourself. Knowing who we are in Christ will help us understand basic aspects of our human nature. We can also grasp the depth of our uniqueness and how we can use it to further His Kingdom.

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The Best Hidden Skill That Can Change Your Relationships Series

 

The Best Hidden Skill That Can Change Your Relationships Intro

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“The better you know yourself, the better your relationship with the rest of the world” — Toni Collette

I love this quote and wholeheartedly agree. The best hidden skill that can change your relationships is self-awareness! I thought I knew who I was before I got married (and boy was I wrong). I learn something new about myself almost every day because marriage is a mirror. A mirror that reflects who you truly are back to you through your spouse. But you don’t need to be married or in a relationship to start your self-awareness journey. I encourage you to begin learning about yourself prior to getting into an intimate relationship. Trust me, you’ll probably save yourself a lot of time and grief.

As I have begun to delve into who I am as a child of God, woman, wife, daughter, friend, etc. I’ve had to look beyond myself. Self-awareness is more than knowing your strengths. It’s about knowing your weaknesses, motivations, thought processes and then applying that information to how you communicate and relate to others.  Hence why knowledge of self can have a profound impact on our relationships. I’m still learning who I am on a daily basis. However, on my journey to self-discovery, I’ve identified 4 major keys to improving self-awareness. First, we will talk about the importance of knowing our creator. Then in the following weeks, we’ll discuss embracing life experiences, learning about ourselves, and seeking honest, loving feedback.

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Jazmen Johnson

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5 Simple Ways to Recognize Godly Friendships

 

5 Simple Ways to Recognize Godly Friendships

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Friends ‎– how many of us have them?
Friends ‎– ones we can depend on…

Okay, enough with the Whodini lyrics. But seriously, how many of us have honest-to-God, wonderful, reliable friends? I must admit, I’ve always been a “guys” girl for most of my life. Keeping very few close girlfriends. However, when I met Drew almost two years ago, I had to re-evaluate my expectations on friendship. Fast forward to today, and I am ecstatic to say that I have some amazing God-fearing, women in my life. However, these relationships didn’t spring up overnight. It took good judgement and effort to cultivate these precious relationships. Here are 5 simple ways to recognize godly friendships in your life.

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10 Lessons I Learned in My First 7 Months of Marriage

10 Lessons Lessons I Learned in the First 7 Months on Marriage

 

Drew and I have been married for a whopping 7 months, yay us! And although this may not seem like a lot to some of you, I’m proud that we can look back and see our relationship progressing. We’ve been putting in the effort to make this relationship work, while continually getting to know one another. However, it hasn’t been without a few “strong” discussions, tears, or misunderstandings. Without further ado here are the 10 lessons I learned in the first seven months of my marriage.

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How to Bear Fruit in the Midst of Your Marriage Trials

How To Bear Fruit in the Midst of Marriage Trials

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The Mission of Marriage

Being married is both joyous and trying. I’ve only been married a little over six months. However, I can definitely say I’ve felt both ways at some point or another (and this is just the beginning).  During my devotional time, I came across a wonderful scripture in Romans. I wanted to share this verse with you all because it can encourage us to bear fruit in the midst of our marriage trials.

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How to Establish the Most Important Marriage Expectations: Finances (Part V)

Marital Expectations: Finances

We’re on the last leg of our five-part series: How to Establish the Most Important Marriage Expectations. This week we’re discussing our final topic, finances. Take a look back at the last five weeks and check out parts I-IV here.

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How to Establish the Most Important Marriage Expectations: Friendship (Part IV)

Marriage Expectations Friendship

We’re almost at the end of our five-part series: How to Establish the Most Important Marriage Expectations. The past three weeks we’ve looked at expectations on love, family, and household responsibilities. Today we’re talking about friendship, because “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” Proverbs 27:17

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How to Establish the Most Important Marital Expectations: Household Responsibilities (Part III)

How to Establish the Most Important Marital Expectations: Household Responsibilities

Familial expectations was the hot topic last week. As we continue our five-part series: How to Establish the Most Important Marital Expectations, we’ll be discussing household responsibilities, how exciting! Not sure if you sensed the sarcasm there, but I’m one of those people that hates doing chores. Nevertheless, it’s a natural part of everyday life. Establishing expectations on tasks within your home is crucial in the beginning. Hopefully sitting down and talking it out will save you all a lot of arguments in the future.

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How to Establish the Most Important Marital Expectations: Family (Part II)

How to Establish the Most Important Marital Expectations: Family

Last week I talked about creating marital expectations on love. This week we’ll be exploring how to establish the most important marital expectations about family. You and your (future) spouse may come from similar backgrounds. Or your families may be as different as night and day. Either way, your relationship with your families will affect your relationship with each other…whether you like it or not. So why not clear the air from the beginning and talk it out?

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