Share the love… it’s easier than you think

“I See You” is a great piece to show the power of looking at– and seeing other people– with the wonder of a child. It’s a much more loving way.

Need some suggestions on how to be more lovingingly mindful of your partner?

Finally, don’t be afraid to tell the people around you how much they mean to you:

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What comes after “Here comes the bride”?

You’ve been married for a few years, maybe more, maybe less. Communication and love are more important than ever between you and your partner, but it’s easy to fall into some ruts and bad habits, relying on the spark of love (or something else) to see you through.

Getting MarriedDon’t settle for bad habits of speaking to one another.

Sandra shares a real-life warning story why.

Use these six questions for a healthier way of loving and serving your partner.

Let Sharon encourage you with her piece, “Why My Husband of Three Years and I Go To Marriage Counseling.”

 

Photo by JD Hancock. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

Sunday Follow-Up: Practicing Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Sunday, guest speaker Peter Sinclair shared a message at Christ Community Church from Philippians 4 entitled, “Practicing Thanksgiving.” Unfortunately, we had some technical difficulties recording the message.

Peter talked about how true, noble, reasonable, and godly giving thanks is. He encouraged each of us to write or express gratitude to at least two people who have been used by God to shape us throughout our lifetime.

Here are two stories about expressing thanks at work, and thanking a stranger for being kind. Both are light-hearted and highlight a very interesting design plan by the Creator: giving thanks makes us happy.

Don’t believe so? Watch this video. (warning: there is a minor incident of PG language)

This post is a follow-up to a message preached by Peter Sinclair at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC on Sunday October 13, 2013. It provides encouraging stories and information about giving thanks and being grateful.

Married people’s work

When you’re married, you have the joy of an intimate relationship. Sometimes, though, that relationship takes a little work to cherish the love and to reach understanding.

Take, “It’s Not About the Nail” for instance:

Use “Home Improvement Project” to think through the way you are communicating with your partner.

Or, consider these findings about the power of prayer on intimate relationships.

Looking for a resource to use? Check out this review of the book How to Turn Your Marriage Around in 10 Days by Philip Wagner. It just may be the sort of thing you’re looking for.

 

This post share stories, resources, and ideas on how to improve communication between married partners.

Love is a behaviour, not just a feeling

On Sunday, June 30, we had a special worship service at Christ Community Church. We celebrated God’s feast of love, the Lord’s Supper; heard a message from 1 Corinthians 13, “All You Need is Love” (listen on our current series site or in the archives); and witnessed the marriage of two of our members.

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This week’s links are a follow up to that service and are meant to help you live love.
First, be inspired by Caitlin Crosby’s 12 minute TED talk, “Love is the Key.” It includes her singing!

Second, use “10 Tips for Unifying Your Family” to catalyst you to express love to those you spend most of your time with.

Third, ask yourself, “Are You Killing People On Facebook?” (or anywhere online…)
Photo by Camdiluv. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

This post provides inspiration on living a life defined by love. It is a follow up to a message preached by Rev. Chelsey Harmon at Christ Community Church, in Nanaimo, BC on June 30, 2013.

Dads are great

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, and like we did with Mother’s Day, we want to share some encouraging and challenging words with the dads out there.

3293453658_477abdac6eStart with this story from Megan about the ways that she felt loved and cared for by her dad: “Monday nights with Dad.”

Then, use Daniel’s reflections on how his view of fatherhood changed by actually becoming a dad with your own experience. Don’t worry, there’s a lighthearted tone to “10 Things Nobody Tells You about Being a Dad.”

Finally, consider taking Micheal’s challenge of thinking more carefully about what you bring home with you each day: “A Challenge for Dads on the Way Home Today.”

This post is for dads and those who support and encourage them. It provides ideas and stories that help shape the way dads function and live in their families.

Photo by Lisa Stevens. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

“Listen– You Hear Better That Way”

We all hear, but do we really listen? More than once Jesus said, “Let anyone who has ears, hear!” At other times, it was simply, “Listen!” It’s hard to listen to God, it’s hard to listen to our neighbour, and sometimes it’s even hard to listen to ourselves.

Listening to God and to our ourselves are posts for another day. Today, our links are about listening to others.

The Higher Calling blog offers three ways to listen (including resources), whether professionally or personally.

Give yourself a check with these “3 Symptoms of a Lousy Listener.”

And take a cue from the Saviour about the importance and power of listening by reading and being encouraged by Amy Hauptman’s “Who’s Listening?”

This post provides resources, stories and ideas about listening and communication.