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This was a worksheet that a pastor friend gave me several years back when I started doing counseling. It's simple and easy to follow along, and has been something I've used, not just with married couples, but in other areas of relational conflict as well.
Consider adding it to your personal toolbox so the next time you find yourself facing conflict, you can DIFFUSE it!
How to Diffuse
Conflict in Your Marriage:
D - DEFINE the
problem (on your own).Proverbs
I - INITIATE a
time to talk.Matthew 5:23-24
F - FOCUS on the
“perceived” problem, not the person.Proverbs 18:19
F - FEEL their
pain (as though it were your own).Proverbs 17:17
U - UNCOVER the
root problem.Proverbs 20:5
SymptomRoot MoneyValues, Priorities,
History / Baggage
WorkRoles and/or GoalsExperiencing
God’s Dream ForConflict
S - SET things
right between you.James 5:16
2.Confess - “I was
wrong. . .”
3.Ask forgiveness -
“Will you forgive me?”
ESTABLISHa specific action plan that
addresses the issue discussed
When my wife and I bought our home in the Northern Kentucky area, it was quite an experience. We had a great Realtor® with whom I am now privileged to work. I can only imagine the things he must have thought about us, showing up to look at houses with our two young boys, talking about if a room was big enough...what was that smell...why would they put the switch over here...
Ah, those were the days!
Thankfully, we didn't actually fight (that I remember) about anything considering a house. We both had a concept together of what we wanted, and a price range. And outside of those things, I didn't care as long as she was happy. No really, I didn't! As long as I could have air conditioning and hot water, I was good!
However, that is not the experience everyone has.
Today, I am actually going to share a link that will take you to Realtor.com. The article was written earlier this year by Stephanie Barth, a writer, and contributor to several publications. She took this concept of…
I don't often have much use for CNN as a news source, but this story by John Blake is so dead on in its point on Bible illiteracy, that I can't not share it! Its a bit long, but worth every moment it takes to read and consider!
By John Blake, CNN
(CNN) – NFL legend Mike Ditka was giving a news conference one day after being fired as the coach of the Chicago Bears when he decided to quote the Bible.
“Scripture tells you that all things shall pass,” a choked-up Ditka said after leading his team to only five wins during the previous season. “This, too, shall pass.”
Ditka fumbled his biblical citation, though. The phrase “This, too, shall pass” doesn’t appear in the Bible. Ditka was quoting a phantom scripture that sounds like it belongs in the Bible, but look closer and it’s not there.
Ditka’s biblical blunder is as common as preachers delivering long-winded public prayers. The Bible may be the most revered book in America, but it’s also one of the most misquoted. Politicians…
A home that isn't being maintained like others in the neighborhood
can negatively affect your visual sense of appeal and in some extreme
cases, even affect property values. It might be an overgrown yard, a
fence in need of repair, excessive noise, unruly pets, paint peeling on
the home or even a car or boat parked in front of the home that hasn't
moved in weeks.
Most people want to be good neighbors and may be willing to correct
an issue once it is brought to their attention. A practical, but
possibly confrontational, solution is to contact the responsible person
and describe your perception of the issue. However, they may not always
agree with the same urgency and it might be necessary to seek other
An owner-occupant may be more sympathetic to the neighbors and
willing to correct the issue. If you think the home might be a rental
property, check with the county tax records to identify the owner. They
may be unaware of the situation and welcome the…