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5 Ways to Create a Christian Community

Give vulnerability and empathy a chance. Invite others into your struggle and enter their struggles, too. In doing so, you’ll find that these exchanges lead to healing, which brings greater resilience.

Does God Care about My Happily Ever After?

Will you let God have the pen to write your happily ever after? When it comes to human relationships, God knows what His best is for you and who you really need. If God can fashion Eve as a custom-fit rib and help mate for Adam, can He not do the same for you? Even if you have found yourself married before and divorced, even if you have given away aspects of yourself and even your own name, believe that God can restore and redeem, it is not too far gone. Ask God to forgive you for the mistakes you made without Him and instead give you what He desires to give you.

7 Signs You Might Be the Narcissist in Your Relationship

Unfortunately, in many relationships, there tends to be a narcissist involved. Within family dynamics, friendships, and romantic relationships, there is a narcissist somewhere within the group. While not all relationships have a narcissist involved, at times, we might find that we are the narcissist in the relationship. A narcissist is never a good thing to be called, yet if we become aware of our own narcissistic behaviors, we will be better at changing them.Here are seven signs you might be the narcissist in your relationship:Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/Wavebreakmedia

How to Love Not So Lovable People

Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies (Matthew 5:43-45), including those we see or deem as not so easy to love. The truth is, when we pray for them, we begin to see them in a different way. Our hearts soften, and something profound happens – God gives us a chance to understand the greatness of His incredible and indescribable love for us.

7 Real-World Ways to Love Your Enemies

Understanding that every person is made in the image of God helps me to see people as they actually are. Our battle is not against flesh and blood. My “enemy” probably isn’t actually my enemy.

How to Find Biblical Joy When You've Been Misunderstood

We believe that nothing happens by chance and that we can learn from everything God allows us to go through. As time has passed, we have been able to see that being misunderstood and even judged was allowed to happen and has been used to make us more like Jesus. God has been equipping us to be able to serve him better and to serve the church better. He allowed us to be judged and misunderstood so that we would know how it feels, be careful to assume the best of others, and not judge another member of the body of Christ.

5 Reasons Why You Can't "Fix" Another Person

Instead of trying to fix someone else, you can offer your support through prayer and genuine empathy. Trusting in God’s sovereignty, you can release your desire to control the situation and allow His perfect plan to unfold.

10 Behaviors That Can Lead to Domestic Violence

No one gets married to see it dissolve. Two people are drawn to each other and make the decision to start a life together that they want to last forever; and yet, about 50% of those who walk down an aisle end up either divorced, separated, or having one mate gone forever. And sometimes domestic violence rears its ugly head.Domestic violence doesn't just appear one day; there are certain signs that a relationship is unhealthy. Here are 10 behaviors that may lead to domestic violence.Photo credit: ©Getty/Serghei-Turcanu

How to Find Biblical Joy When You Have Been Treated Unfairly

Inevitably, all of us will eventually suffer unjust treatment. We will be treated unfairly, be misunderstood, and our motives will be misinterpreted and questioned. We are responsible for ourselves and the condition of our own hearts before God. We can only do so much to try and make things right; then, we need to leave it in the hands of our loving Father, who allows us to experience unjust treatment for his purposes and our sanctification.

6 Ways to Heal When a Friendship Ends

Sometimes friendships end because you've hurt each other. These wounds can go deep, yet God calls us to live above reproach. This means we give up our right to get in the last word, justify our bad behavior, or get revenge. We have to allow God to be the one who makes things right for us. Trust that he is still working in both of your lives and will find ways to teach you through this ordeal. It's tough not to want to defend ourselves when we feel wronged, but it's not our job.

How Your Thoughts Might Be Sabotaging Your Relationships

When she actually faced her thoughts, she realized how consistently mean, degrading, negative, and unhealthy they were. When I asked her to see if she could find a pattern – she realized she was stuck in a spiral of thoughts with a theme of inadequacy. She was never good enough. Not in her personal life, not in her marriage, not in her friendships, not as a mom, a homemaker, or a businesswoman. Her thoughts always pointed out where she wasn't measuring up, fixating on all that was lacking. Her thoughts were not only hurting her; they were hurting her relationships.

5 Ways to Set Unhealthy Boundaries

Whether it’s because we’ve highlighted enough sentences in boundary-related books or because we instinctively get it, it makes sense not to weaponize our boundaries against someone else.

5 Tips for Communicating with an Introvert

Communicating with introverts can be difficult at times. As an introvert myself, many things frighten me about the communication process and can lead me to choose not to communicate. For many of us introverts, communication can be scary and draining. While all people are different, including introverts, it is important to know how to communicate with us.If you are an extrovert or an ambivert, here are five tips for communicating with an introvert:Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/Vichien Petchmai

3 Problems with Labeling Narcissism a Mental Health Disorder

Recently, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) has labeled narcissism as a mental health disorder. There are many problems associated with this new addition to the list of mental health disorders. While many health disorders are valid disorders, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders, narcissism shouldn't be labeled a mental health disorder. Mental health disorders are outside of our control, but narcissism is not.Here are three problems with labeling narcissism as a mental health disorder:Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/dragana991

Remember These 9 Things When Another Christian Disappoints You

Maybe it’s your pastor or mentor.Maybe it’s someone in your Bible study.Maybe it’s a famous Christian in the news.They’ve sinned. They’ve said they believe one thing and lived like they believed something else. Their life is messier than you could have imagined, and you feel disappointed, angry, confused, disillusioned, sad . . .How are we supposed to feel when other Christians miss God’s mark? How can we cope with the chaos other people’s sin creates? What should we say (if anything?)Here are nine things to keep in mind when another Christian disappoints you.Erin Davis is passionate about pointing young women toward God's Truth. She is the author of several books and a frequent speaker and blogger to women of all ages. Erin lives on a small farm in the midwest with her husband and kids. When she's not writing, you can find her herding goats, chickens, and children.Image courtesy: Pexels.com

How Does the Bible Caution Us about Toxic People?

God’s Word gives us examples of those who not only disregarded His Ways, but openly tried to turn others against Him. Some were willing to repent and become aligned again with the Lord, but others stubbornly kept to their ways and suffered the consequences.

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