strengthening relationships

Meaningful Togetherness Begins with Solitude

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Many years ago, I helped lead a study for some high school gals based on Richard Foster’s The Celebration of Discipline, which described various characteristics of the Christian life. One characteristic in particular caught my attention then and has held it since—the discipline of solitude. Solitude has always been comfortable…

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Living a Salty Life

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Last week, when I wrote about our need for deep, refining relationships, I referred to an article by Del Fehsenfield in Revive. That same article provided an example of two men who determined to go deeper and build a refining friendship. There are no formulas for such notions, so these…

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Conversations That Count

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I hate interpersonal conflict. So when I encounter those awkward conversations in which it feels like I am “missing” the other person—unable to connect at a heart level—I get antsy. I worry that it means the relationship is headed for conflict. And because my heart longs for connectedness—with my husband,…

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