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Interpersonal Relationships

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How do you manage interpersonal relationships? I asked that question recently and to no surprise the answer I received was....poorly. An interpersonal relationship is a strong, deep, or close association or acquaintance between two or more people that may range in duration from brief to enduring.The context can vary from family or kinship relations, friendship, marriage, relations with associates, work, clubs, neighborhoods, and places of worship.
Your interconnection with others is customizable,  with God it's vital to your Christian walk. Consider that social life, the health of your marriage, and your family relationships all reflect on your personal walk with the Lord. I'm motivated by these verses of scripture from the Greek Testament: "...And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live....Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one …

Rigidity - Religious, Political & Social

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In 2017 Pope Francis reportedly said:  “…many young people in the Church have fallen into 
the ‘temptation of rigidity’…”Catholic Herald What does the adjective rigid bring to your mind when describing a person? 
Rigid can mean unbending, strong, unyielding, righteous, fanatic, immovable, and/or stiff. These qualities can be assets or liabilities, depending on the situation.  Politically rigid ppl often view facts and evidence as simply inconvenient road bumps to their political ideals;  Cognitive rigidity. The technical definition of cognitive rigidity is “difficulty changing mental sets.” Simply put, this means switching from thinking about things one way, to thinking about them a different way. This trait is not unique — we all have it or express it, some more than others; 
In psychology, Social rigidity refers to an obstinate inability to yield or a refusal to appreciate another person's viewpoint or emotions characterized by a lack of empathy;  Religious or Theological Rigidity.Dogma…

Saying Grace Before a Meal Can Be Awkward

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A grace is a short prayer or thankful phrase said before or after eating. I grew up reciting a prayer that went something like this: "Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen." “Saying grace" is a term that comes from the Ecclesiastical Latin phrase gratiarum actio, "act of thanks." In Christian theology, the act of saying grace is derived from the Bible, in which Jesus and the Apostle Paul pray before meals (cf. Luke 24:30Acts 27:35).The practice reflects the belief that humans should thank God who is the origin of everything. The concept of giving thanks after the meal is based on the verse in Deuteronomy 8:10 “You shall eat, and give thanks and bless…”
President Franklin Roosevelt famously asserted, "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself." Take a poll of common fears that people share and you’ll often get results such as fear of tight places, bugs or maybe a fear of…

The Past - You can learn a lot from it

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The past - can you learn from it?
There is a difference between thinking about the past, living in it, and wanting to change or erase it. Sometimes we live in the past because it's familiar — we know what happened, so there are no surprises. Maybe, from time to time, we are tempted to revisit the past because we’re comforted by the “good old days” As an Enneagram Four I totally get that one of the biggest challenges I face is learning to let go of feelings from the past…sigh.
More recently there’s a media and social buzz about editing the past, because it makes some feel uncomfortable. But, One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.~Golda Meir
I suppose for some ppl living in the past allows them to avoid dealing with issues in the present. Consider that forgetting our own history, personal or social, sets us up for possibly not fully understanding the present and our role in it. To forget our story is to abandon who we are and why we ar…

Adaptability 1.0

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Is the Character of Adaptability and  Flexibility working in you? One definition of adaptability is the ability to adjust oneself readily to different conditions; the ability of an entity or organism to alter itself or its responses to the changed circumstances or environment. I think Christ was a classic quintessential example of adaptability: The Son of God also became the Son of Man. The Apostle Paul added some practicum to the subject of adaptability and flexibility when he wrote to the church saying: “…I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life…”
By being malleable, we …

Winds of Change

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When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living and gathered in Jerusalem. They were together out of respect for Shavuot, a Jewish holiday which celebrates God's giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai.
No coincidence. In God’s perfect timing He shared the gift of Torah and the promise of the Holy Ghost, both given to propel his people into a different yet deeper story with their creator. So we acknowledge: God spoke through His prophet Joel, proclaiming — In the last days, I will offer My Spirit to humanity, a second gift. Now, your children will boldly speak the word of the Lord. Even your elders will dream dreams and young warriors will see visions. Today I shall offer My Spirit to all people - male and female, equally they will receive…

What If I Had Shown Up?

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming."~ Theodore Roosevelt, 1910 Entering the arena is intimidating. If you enter you may get hurt. You will feel pain, grief, and shame. But you will also know love. We’re hardwired for belonging and loving. To deny ourselves love and belonging is to deny our own humanity.
By entering the arena you may lose, but by forever remaining in the stands you ensure you never win. Vulnerability can be terrifying, but it’s far less so than getting to the end of your life and wondering “what if”? What if I had shown up? 
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An Interactive Study - the Call to Courage

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With one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, research professor and best-selling author Dr. Brené Brown challenges you to show up, step into the arena and answer the call to courage.
Join us Wednesday May 29th @ 7pm has we interact with this incredible video lesson. Discuss what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty.
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The Call to Courage - A Study

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"We can’t go it alone. We’re neuro-biologically hardwired for other people. In the absence of connection, love and belonging, there is always suffering," ~ Brene' Brown  The Call to Courage, an interactive video study Wednesday May 22 @ 7pm Brene’ Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has been studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame for the past 10 years.  “Vulnerability is hard and it’s scary and it feels dangerous. But it’s not as hard, or scary or dangerous as getting to the end of our lives and having to ask ourselves: What if I would’ve shown up?” – Brené Brown #Pkes#MetroLifeChurch#MinistryinMotion
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Wednesday May 15th

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Wednesday May 15th @ 7pm Kernels of Wheat and Vino from the Vine, the mystery of the Eucharist. God through Jesus Christ makes himself present to humanity by ordinary elements:grain and grapes.
Grain and grapes that come from God’s good earth. Interestingly, the Lord’s Supper, Communion, the Eucharist, the Last Supper or was it the first, is not just a combination of unprocessed grain and freshly picked grapes.
Here lies the divine mystery: grain and grapes are made bread and wine, because of human efforts. See how clearly we communicate the sacred sacrament, the body of Christ broken and blood shed for each of us.We do this remembering Emmanuel, God with us.
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.” ~Book of Common Prayer #MetroLifeChurch #MinintryinMotion