Last week I shared my notes from the first half of the Malley sibling's workshop entitled Peace Treaties in the Living Room. Here's how they finished their session. You'll have to imaging the dark room, harp music, and emerging chalk painting for yourself.
They used the analogy of reaching the summit during a hike to describe how we need to equip ourselves for better family relationships.
• Stay focused on your goal of better conflict resolution and deeper relationships.
• Lay aside weights (sin, wrong priorities, schedules that are too full)
• Be prepared with food and water (be in the Word of God a lot – memorize Scripture)
• Encourage and strengthen each other. Pray for each other.
• Ask questions to encourage conversation
• Be interested in their interests
• Proverbs 18:21 - The tongue has the power of life and death
Know the dangers you will face along the way
• Beware of allowing other friendships that will come between siblings
• Pride, sin, selfishness
Do not rely on your own strength
• We need God’s help – he gives grace to the humble
• Work together – when you do something hard with someone, you become close with them
So there's their thoughts and suggestions. What do you do to encourage sibling harmony in your home?
Here's the new Stumpf mantra for that department (and this goes for mom too!):
Be enthusiastic and look for opportunities to praise one another's character.