When it comes to relationships, intentionality is a common and essential characteristic of healthy relationships. Being a good friend can often be easier said than done, and with COVID-19, many of us have had to rearrange our schedules meaning that friendships have had to take a back seat. Going back to some of the basic principles of friendship can be a helpful place to start.
As the new year is almost here, many of us are thinking about what we want to do differently. For many of us, this means making changes to our health, doing more of those activities we’ve always wanted to do, or spending more time with certain people. Amid all the technological changes, what has your relationship been like with yourself?
Christmas is fast approaching. What are some thoughts going through your head? Many people are just ready for a break, a time out from the day to day of life, and others may be looking forward to spending time with family or friends if a gathering is an option. If you look back at the year 2020, what have relationships looked like for you?
Conflict is a part of life in relationships, and the way we handle conflict can say a lot about us. Many people have provided tools and strategies for navigating tension and issues effectively, but it is also helpful to understand people’s common styles in conflict as a framework for navigating conflict.
It is going to be different this year as there have been so many new pressures and demands on relationships as we have navigated social distancing, closed churches, universities, and entertainment venues. With so many differences, how can we stay connected and on the same page with friends?
Our technology use can be a big part of shaping how we relate with ourselves. Inspired by the new Technology & Relationships module, find out five ways technology use can impact us physically and ideas as to better manage moving forward.
rIQ Announces New Suite of Digitally-Focused Tools -- including a new Technology & Relationships curriculum
Young Adults’ relationships have become even more digital. Church fellowship has had to embrace virtual gatherings. To help church leaders better talk about relationships with Young Adults in this environment, Relationship IQ has released several new resources that are available immediately.
Our cultural worth is often valued by how many activities or people we have pressing on our time. People constantly talk about how much is on their plate. While many of us are quite busy, telling everyone usually serves only to make them feel you believe you are important and, indirectly, that you don’t have time for them.
In marriage we should be able to rest secure in the commitment of our spouse and not pursue the other as an idol. In cohabitation you are continually on audition to be the other’s choice. That insecurity makes it difficult to pursue God wholeheartedly, especially as God asks you to be iron—and to be iron for each other.
There is interesting research that finds a correlation between your relationship with your parents, particularly your father, and your initial view of who God is and how much we want a relationship with Him. Father’s Day is approaching and one thing is certain: it is important for our spiritual maturity to be aware of how this connection with our earthly fathers may transfer into our connection with our Heavenly Father.