How intentional are you in your relationships? Do you practice a rhythm of forgiveness and reconciliation? Or do you think, this relationship isn’t worth it and move on? There is nothing harder than maintaining healthy relationships. Whether it is your spouse, kids, extended family or a friend, relationships take constant work.
My Thursday ladies have been watching a new series called Living Life Together with Shauna Niequist, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2dWTKJA0r0 (only a preview, full video is by membership on https://www.rightnowmedia.org/ This past Thursday we watched the 3rd video called Connected. Relationships are hard and Niequist recommends practicing a rhythm of forgiveness and reconciliation (what an amazing idea) to build stronger relationships.
She also talked about building intentional relationships outside of our ethnicity. Living in Hong Kong affords me, my family and friends an opportunity to do this naturally. One of the main reasons I have stayed for 20 years is to give my kids a cultural diversity experience I never knew growing up. We should keep our eyes open to new cultures and to exhibit a curiosity of others that could lead to a friendship.
She also shared a story about two woman who were friends and one became jealous of the others faith. It lead to a breakdown in their relationship and they had a heated disagreement. The woman who was jealous tried to apologize many times but the other woman wasn’t ready to repair their relationship. In the end they did repair their relationship but it took forgiveness. Watching this video illustrated how hard relationships can be at times and how worth it is to practice forgiveness and reconciliation.
Can you think of a relationship that may need repairing? Or one that you walked away from that reconciliation and forgiveness could repair? Take some time this week to pray about relationships in your life and begin to practice forgiveness and reconciliation.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins– Colossians 1:13-14
Date, Nut and Coconut Bites
I have a few similar recipes but this has oats and sunflower seeds.
2 cups pitted dates
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp warm water
3/4 cup oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, lightly pulsed if they are big flaked
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup + 1Tbsp chopped almonds
- Place dates and warm water in a food processor and process until smooth.
- Scoop the creamed dates into a bowl and fold in the remaining ingredients, with the exception of ½ cup coconut flakes. If the mixture is soggy then slowly add more oats, if the mixture is too dry slowly add warm water.
- Shape balls between 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter and roll them in the reserved ½ cup coconut.
- Enjoy right away or store in refrigerator for a quick snack, post workout