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Embracing Intentional Relationships



In the grand tapestry of life, we often find ourselves navigating the complexities of relationships. Whether it's with family, friends, or that special someone, the ebb and flow of connections can sometimes be both exhilarating and challenging.

 

I've learned from my own experiences and from wisdom passed down through generations. Relationships are not just happenstance; they are intentional choices we make every day. It's about waking up each morning and deciding, "Yes, I am choosing to be a part of this journey with you."

 

In the hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to lose sight of the distinction between contracts and covenants in relationships. Contracts may feel binding, but they are based on distrust and specific terms, while covenants are rooted in love and a commitment to weather the storms together. As we navigate the seas of connection, let's strive to build covenants that stand the test of time.

 

Here's what I know to be true: 

 

  1. Relationships Are Intentional Choices: Rather than relying solely on fleeting emotions, we should actively choose each day to be a part of the relationship, recognizing the commitment involved. Relationships are not always smooth sailing. There will be highs and lows, but it's how we navigate through them that defines the strength of our connections. Be intentional in your choices, and don't hesitate to extend a little extra love and understanding. It makes all the difference.

  2. Learn from Generational Wisdom: When I finally paused and recognized the insights embedded in family history, especially regarding relationships, I learned to apply the meat and throw away the bones. Those lessons changed the trajectory of my life. Sometimes, the most profound insights come from the stories etched into our family narratives. Embrace the lessons, for they can serve as guiding lights on your own journey.

  3. Distinguish Between Contracts and Covenants: My great-grandmother shared insights on the difference between contracts and covenants in relationships.  Society tends to treat them the same, but they are not. Understanding this distinction leads to more meaningful and resilient connections, especially in the context of marriages. 

  

These lessons give me a thoughtful and intentional approach to relationships, emphasizing commitment, love, and the wisdom gained from familial experiences. As you go about your day, know that you are not alone on this journey. We are all learning, growing, and navigating the intricate dance of relationships together. If there's anything you'd like to share or discuss, feel free to reach out. I'm here for you.

 

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