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God’s Holy Spirit: How to Have a Relationship with God, Part 2

My first post on having a personal relationship with God shared how that is possible and how to begin it. This post explains how God interacts with us through his Holy Spirit.

Basic facts about the Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit, as a member of God’s Trinity, is one with God and the same as God.
  • God the Father and Jesus, the Son, speak through the Holy Spirit; he is God’s connection with us.
  • The Holy Spirit is a person of God in his own right, and interacts with us in several ways.

Five ways the Holy Spirit acts in our lives

The Holy Spirit joins his spirit and mind with ours

Read John 14:15-17 from the story of the …

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What One Person Can Do to Improve Any Relationship

When faced with relationship problems the other person doesn’t want to resolve, what can we do? Half of my work with conflict has been with just one person. Individuals I taught have been just as successful in improving their relationships as couples I have coached. This is because one person improving behavior toward another changes the dynamics in the relationship. When we intentionally use healthier, more helpful skills, our effort will often lead to the other person changing in healthier ways, improving the relationship.

There are no guarantees acting more mature will save or improve a relationship, but it can’t hurt, and the person making the effort will be happier and have better skills for all relationships: with kids, friends, …

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Coping When Your Spouse or Partner Leaves You

Losing a spouse to death or divorce is a terrible experience. Both produce a flood of emotions; often a sense of guilt and/or failure; and difficulty thinking clearly and making decisions.

Here are some suggestions for coping with the loss when a partner leaves the relationship:

GO TO GOD FOR GUIDANCE. He knows you and your spouse well, and what you both need. Ask what you need to do, and what, if anything, you can do for your partner. Realize that if the person has left the relationship, it may not be possible to convince them to return. Consider seeking guidance from clergy or a spiritual director.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Seek support from family and friends. Talking with trusted …

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