Welcome to Stress Point week 6: Friends and Family. Whew! This chapter could go on and on yet we just can’t cover it all. I hope that this will be a starting point for you as you navigate your 20′s and the new dynamic of adulthood surrounding friendship and family relationships.
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
The Real (Video Blog)
The Raw (Discussion Questions)
~Do you identify with any of the girlfriend case studies? If not exactly, how might the situations reflect, in part, on your own stress over friends and family?
~On page 128 of Stress Point I talk about R.E.S.P.E.C.T. when it comes to the dynamic of family. Now that we are adults, it is time for us to own our personal responsibility in your family drama. Are you tracking with me on this concept? If so, how can you alleviate family drama with respect of your parents?
~In discussing friendships, I brought up the topic of being a low-maintence friend. What are your thoughts on this? (See Stress Point page 138. Here’s how I define “low-maintenance friendships:”
A friend who seeks to love and cherish her girlfriends without adding any unnecessary pressure or expectations to the relationship. This type of friend is ready and willing to get in the trenches of life with us; she is full of encouragement and advice, yet she also gives us space if that’s what we need. If you desire to be this type of friend because you long for low-maintenance friends yourself, I propose you first place your focus on your Eternal King.
The Relevant (Bible Study Discussion Questions)
~On page 127 I introduce the name of God, Eternal King. He is our King that will be with us through thick and thin, through drama and stress–everlasting Father. What are your thoughts on how this characteristic of God relates to our topic of friends and family stress?
Flip to Journal 3 on page 136. I’ve listed several Scriptures that use the word everlasting or eternal in reference to God. (example: Hebrews 13:8) Take some time to write out for yourself how these verses speak to you regarding God as your Eternal King.
Share your thoughts on friendship drama, family drama and anything else that arises in your heart around this chapter of Stress Point!