1. Such a great post. “He did not mean we have to be alike, but we should be joined together in love for one another.” – I love that. Thanks for linking up today and sharing this!

  2. “Notice the emotions rising up inside you” — I like this line, because mindfulness is so critical in all relationships, especially ones where tension exist. Thanks you for sharing your thoughts!

  3. You are speaking directly to me. I needed to be reminded to pray those family members that I’m grumbling about under my breath. I do not wish to have that bitterness darken my heart. It can creep in so quickly. You have made me aware Thank you

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      Mary, I am humbled God could speak to your heart through the words I had written. And, I too, need to hear God speaking because it is so easy to grumble about my family.

  4. What a great reminder – and very well-crafted. These words stopped me in my tracks: “The Bible reminds us we are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against the powers of darkness. Let’s not let the enemy get a foothold in our family.” Amen! Thanks for sharing this! Keep writing and Happy New Year!

  5. Loved the statement that we are not fighting against flesh and blood. I do have some family struggles so thank you for this reminder! Joining you on #TestimonyTuesday

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      Praying that your family struggles get resolved and God’s love shines through, Pam. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Yes, I’m trusting for grace to turn my internal complaints into prayer requests. The thing is — as inexplicable as some people are, I have to realize that they are probably puzzling over me as well!

  7. Exactly what I needed to hear (or read)! I started to write my own blog post on this subject, but I found that I couldn’t. I had my own issues to work out first. Thanks for clearing my head with fitly spoken words.

  8. Beautiful and thoughtful … and very much needed, Rachel. I’ll leave it at that!

    I’m so glad I popped in this morning. And I wish for you a blest new year filled with surprises that only God can give …

  9. Thanks Rachel,

    Not an easy reminder, but an important one. I’m working on this–but it’s definitely a work in progress 🙂

  10. Rachel I am so glad you are our new friend at Sitting Among Friends. I look forward to reading your posts. I tweeted one of you links because it is such a great reminder that Jesus family showed animosity toward Him. He knows what it feels like to be in a family. The other part that I thought was such a great reminder was “The Bible reminds us we are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against the powers of darkness.” I am going to put that in my back pocket. At my last church, I felt like that a lot and I felt like I was fighting against powers of darkness. What I have to keep reminding myself is that the power in me is greater than the power in this world. Show I need to use that power by using the Love of Christ for people and not trying to use my own power, which fails me quite often. Thank you for sharing this friend.

  11. Great post! It’s hard to not say, ” How dare they do that to me or say that to me! ” My mother told me I was nicer to people than they were to me. I’m not a shrinking violet, i won’t take just anything, but you are so right about the enemy. He will use your family, friends, even fellow Christians loan him their voice on occasion, you really have to pick your battles, the Lord has already won and fights for you, don’t worry about the accuser of the brethren.

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      It is hard not to say “how dare you.” But, we should practice directing those words at the real enemy, right?

  12. Rachel, this is such an important reminder for this time of year. I love how you address the fact that our struggle is not with our family members. The enemy would like nothing better than to destroy our relationships. Great insights here. Thanks for sharing.

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