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Month: January 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Ten Discussion Questions to Take Your Relationships Deeper in 2016—Set #4

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New to these questions? See these notes first, along with Set #1 .

1.       What times/circumstances can you remember that made you feel particularly loved by God, as an individual?

2.       As you look back over the timeline of your faith, what have been the darkest times? What did God show you in those times, and how did they resolve—if they have?

3.       How’s your marriage?

4.       How’s parenting going?

5.       How’s your relationship with your folks?

6.       What immediately makes you feel connected with a person? What about disconnected?

7.       What are your spiritual gifts?

8.       Where, when, and with whom do you feel most at home? What represents “home” to you, and why?

9.       What’s a dark time you experienced that most people don’t know about?

10.   What kind of friend do you need? What could I do, practically-speaking to be a true friend to you?

 

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On God hijacking my day

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You’ve been there before, I bet.

For me: The wall boasts a to-do list scrawled in various colors and medium (crayon, perhaps; whatever’s available before my brain suddenly transforms into mashed potatoes and I remember squat). The items extend from the mysterious acronyms and cryptic personal shorthand (E-M BR; write for GG); to the perpetual residents (laundry); of the far-fetched, someday I will do this, maybe-when-there-is-a-snow-day-even-though-I-live-on-the-equator variety.

And then—a phone call. A knock on the door. A request from a child or spouse or friend, or an e-mail that pries open my eyes how much a friend is hurting. For me—a power outage (sigh). Then water out (SIGH).

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Ten Discussion Questions to Take Your Relationships Deeper in 2016—Set #3

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1.       What was one of the hardest experiences you endured or overcame growing up?

2.       What is something that consistently frustrates you?

3.       When do you feel most alive?

4.       What five qualities do you consider most important in a spouse?

5.       What are the top five values you believe parents should pass on to their children?

6.       What’s on your bucket list (your list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket)?

7.     By what act of love in your life have you been most humbled?

8.       Name three to five of the most influential people in your life—and explain why.

9.    How are you most like your dad, and most like your mom–or whoever was your guardian? How are you different from him or here?

10.   Name one person who probably doesn’t know how much they’ve influenced you, and explain why.

 

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FREE E-BOOK: Questions to better understand your family’s subculture

free ebookAt last, I’ve released a free ebook, Where Have I Come From, and Where am I Going?: Discussion Questions to Better Understand Your Family’s Subculture.  You can download it simply by subscribing to A Generous Grace, using the sign-up form in the upper right hand corner of the sidebar–or right here:

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It’s my hope that this will offer practical ideas and insights as you seek to love well.
I’m grateful for you, followers!
Because of a generous grace,

Janel

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Do You hear what I hear? On music, faith, and heaven as reality

Do You hear what I hearOn my father’s side, my family carries a long tradition of music, particularly in amateur a capella. My husband jokes about that time when he first took a road trip with my family, and we started singing in the car—with all the choral parts. He may have felt a bit bewildered. He still says that when all my extended family sings Happy Birthday, it’s something to behold. (It is! They sent it to me on video for my birthday this year. I was in harmonic heaven.)

So I sing now, by myself—while I wash the dishes, or as I plod along on the guitar I’m learning; the acoustics in my concrete house are pretty sweet. And I sing particularly when I’m happy, my husband has noticed.

But of course, when I want to do good, evil is right there with me. Though, sure, God gets a big kick out of skillful music, I get a little into myself at times—to the rich sound reverberating off the walls, even to my own fantasies. (I know. Ugh.) Let’s just say the “worship” swivels its focus a bit.

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Guest post: On raising our kids to crave true safety

Happy Friday!

Excited to be contributing again on WeareTHATfamily.com–In Good Hands: Raising our kids to crave true safety. Hop on over and check it out!

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Ten Discussion Questions to Take Your Relationships Deeper in 2016—Set #2

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New to these questions? See these notes first, along with Set #1.

  1. With a friend, I’ll be going through these excellent questions to help steward all of your life for God’s glory. Check ‘em out!
  2. If you could have a cup of coffee with yourself ___ weeks/months/years ago, what advice would you have given yourself?
  3. What are the “tapes” that play in your head—and who put them there? Which ones do you find truly motivating, and which do you have a sneaking suspicion have some lies mixed in?
  4. What job(s) could you do that wouldn’t feel like work?
  5. Eric Liddel is known for his acknowledgment that “When I run, I feel God’s pleasure.” In doing what do you feel God’s pleasure in you?
  6. How and when did you know what you wanted to do with your life—or are you there yet?
  7. As a child, what did you think that you would become? Why did that appeal to you, do you think?
  8. What weaknesses most frustrate you about yourself?
  9. For what are you most grateful about the way God made you?
  10. At the times when you are most worshipful, what are you usually doing?

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Surprising parenting advice I can’t live without, #2

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  1. “Maturity means you’re a giver more than a taker.” Tedd Tripp writes, “Gurus promise to teach you how to build self-esteem in your children. Have you noticed that no books promise to help produce children who esteem others?”

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Guest posting: Betrayal

Guest-posting with Bobi Ann Allen today on her excellent post, Betrayal: 18 Ministry Experts Weigh In. (And yes, I am as surprised as you are that I would be termed or included in a group of “ministry experts”!) Good stuff in there.

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