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    Refreshing our Relationships

    Speaking August 24, 2018 Pastor Eric Groot-Nibbelink

    REFRESHING OUR RELATIONSHIPS – SPEAKING

    Some practices to help to refresh relationships through speaking …

    (The resource SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES HANDBOOK by A.A. Calhoun is the

    source of some of today’s suggestions.)

    1. Spend some time praying specifically about how you have and will be using your words this week.  (To help you make this more real imagine all your words going out from you but being received and recorded somewhere.)  
    2. Refrain from using the phrases “You always…” and “You never…”  These are fighting words.  As you remove these phrases from your speech, note what happens to your relationships and interactions?
    3. Don’t jump!  Before you jump to conclusions about what somebody means, check out their meaning with a phrase like, “What I hear you saying is … “  Keep using such phrases until you have their meaning right.