May 122011

Our Sunday School class is doing a study called “Peace Maker”. It’s mainly about conflict resolution and taking the Biblical approach to solving relational issues in the home, church, and workplace. It is really great! A lot of good Truth!
A couple of weeks ago the speaker (via video) was talking about one of his conflict resolution techniques in his counseling sessions. He had the two people he was counseling go home and read Philippians 4:8. Then he instructed them to make a list of good, honorable, excellent things about the other person. He then had them share their list with each other during their next session.
He said it was like what Proverbs says about “heaping burning coals”. Thinking well about the other person made a breakthrough in their argument. It helped them remember the reasons that made them go in to business together in the first place.

So it got me thinking tangibly. I thought this was a great idea especially for husbands and wives! Then, I had another idea: to make a board where I can list good qualities about my husband or anyone I might be in conflict with, throughout the week. This helps consciously and continually think well about the other person or persons in my life.
I also thought it would be good to list “good qualities” about a difficulty situation you are going through too.
Here’s how I made mine:
Start with a cheap picture frame with a glass or plastic front. I got this one from Goodwill for a couple dollars.

Then cut some scrapbook paper to size. I got a little creative with mine : ) Continue reading »

The Thankfulness Tree

 Posted by on October 11, 2010  7 Responses »
Oct 112010

The afternoon breezes are picking up, the temperatures are finally beginning to drop, and I can just see the beginnings of changing leaves out my kitchen window. This is my very favorite time of year. I look forward to hot apple cider and pumpkin pie and watching the boys wrestling in the leaf piles. But, every year it feels like I’ve hardly had time to enjoy the fall and then it is Christmas and then January and I’m wondering where all the time went all over again. So we’ve decided to make the most of the coming season and all the impending holiday fun by getting an early start. For the next couple of weeks we’ll be posting about everything holiday and festive and fallish.  Now is the time to rekindle old traditions and introduce some new ones – because the season will be gone before you know it. Continue reading »