Relationship Challenges

By Erika Rizkallah

Have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo? November is National Novel Writing Month and NaNoWriMo is a movement and challenge to write and finish a novel in 30 days. I was thinking about working on my middle grade adventure novel when I discovered the bloggers equivalent of the challenge.

It’s called NaBloPoMo so you’ll be hearing from me more frequently – as in every day. I’ve never blogged daily but I need to be challenged in areas other than relationships.

Creating posts and managing healthy relationships are both difficult but blogging stretches and challenges my mind, whereas relationship drama tends to shut me down. Unlike a blog, I can’t just stop communicating (though at times, I certainly want to).

I swear I sometimes wish I could hide.

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Like blogging, relationship building requires good and consistent communication. But what do you do when people get stubborn, cranky and negative? What do you do when bedroom doors slam shut and phone calls and questions go ignored?

I’ve decided to take a month off of arguing and debating with people and let everyone – including me – have their space. Instead I’ll be blogging and doing my best to keep a quiet mouth and spirit at home.

I love the quote below

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Helping kids understand prayer

By Erika Rizkallah

The other night as we were praying together my son, Sam, said, “Mom, how do you talk to someone you can’t see?”

“Well, it’s the same as talking to anyone you have a relationship with. Like me or dad.”

“Yeah, but how do you know God’s real? We can’t actually see him.”

“We can’t see the wind, or germs, or sound waves but we know they’re real. We may not be able to see them, but we know they’re real because we can see the effects. We see trees sway, we catch colds from other people and somehow we can hear music on the radio.”

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“I know but it’s still hard.”

We joined hands and I prayed, thanking God for all the things he’s given us and for helping us “see” him through answered prayer.

The truth is, sometimes it does feel awkward to talk to God in our heads or out loud in front of others. But it’s a gift to be cherished. To be able to speak to the creator of the universe and have him answer is beyond comprehension.

And that’s ok. He already knows how we feel about it. He searches our hearts and minds – so keep talking! As with all new things, eventually it will get easier.

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Sunday blessings to you friend!