We live within a web of relationships where everyone can affect everyone. This means destructive anxiety can spread through our most important relationships like electricity. However, it also means that if one person in the web of relationships can remain calm and choose to respond like Jesus, rather than react, everyone can relate to one another better. This is not easy work, but it is worth it!

 

If that interests you, make plans to join us for this helpful study. In addition to the six sessions, everyone will be encouraged to complete weekly exercises and daily devotions to help live out what we will be learning. Here’s a brief overview of each session…
 
  1. Surviving In A Web of Relationships
    • We live in a web of relationships where everyone effects everyone else. If we can step back and see the unhealthy ways in which our families, workplaces, and church groups relate to one another, we can choose a different path that will positively impact those we’re connected to.
  1. It’s All In the Family
    • As the saying goes, “Your family can push your buttons better than anyone else because they helped install them!” If we hope to live differently in our most meaningful relationships we need to understand how our family of origin has helped mold us, for better or worse.
  1. Fight, Flight & Other Anxious Reactions
    • When we get anxious we have common, predictable reactions that are often unhelpful. If we can become aware of how we typically react we have a better chance at slowing down and choosing a response that can better our relationships.
  1. Three Person Relationships 
    • We often get caught between two people who are not getting along. One of them may come to us and ask us to fix their relationship. This is a three person relationship and it can create a lot of pressure and anxiety. When we see our role as helping the person in front of us to take responsibility for their relationship mess we can de-triangle, lessening the pressure we feel to fix a relationship to which we don’t belong.
  1. Choosing Your Response
    • Rather than reacting to anxious relationships and situations, we can choose to respond. Our response should explain what we think, what we feel, and what we intend to do based on our beliefs and values. And our response should be aimed at remaining connected to those we care about.
  1. The “What” & “How” of Conflict
    • When we feel attacked by another person, what they are saying doesn’t matter as much as how they are saying it. Engaging in the “what” will likely make things worse, but if we can effectively navigate the “how,” there is chance for a better resolution to the conflict.

 

COST: $10 to help cover the cost of books

RSVP DEADLINE: February 9th by simply texting Pastor Matt at (361) 392-0662

START DATE: Wednesday, February 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the CLC Parlor