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Faith Over Fear

with Jennifer Slattery, Jodie Bailey, Ava Pennington and Kimi Miller

The Courage to Have Hard Conversations - Ep. 18

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Most of us are conflict-averse, often to our own detriment. Often, when we try to avoid issues, the problem grows. When we learn to hold difficult conversations, following God’s lead, we'll find decreased inner turmoil and increased inner peace.

In this episode, author and speaker Jennifer Slattery shares practical tips to help us grow more confident in our ability to resolve conflicts effectively, in a Christ-honoring manner.

Episode Resources:
1. The Peace Maker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict by Ken Sande
2. Making Peace: A Guide to Overcoming Church Conflict by Jim Van Yperen
3. "7 Things You Need to Know When Talking to Difficult People" by Jennifer Slattery

Fighting Fear Group Discussion Questions:

1. How was conflict handled in your home growing up?
2. How do you most often respond to conflict?
3. Consider someone you know who handles conflict effectively. What makes their actions most effective?
4. Why is it so important to give God ample time to search and reveal our hearts prior to initiating hard conversations?
5. Why is pride harmful to our relationships and to ourselves?
6. What are some ways our faulty perceptions can negatively impact our relationships and discussions?
7. What are some behaviors, in relation to hard conversations, God might be asking you to unlearn?
8. What are some behaviors, in relation to hard conversations, might you need to learn in order to communicate more effectively?

Episode Image Credit: Getty/Malte Mueller
September 01, 2020
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Meet Your Hosts
Jennifer Slattery is an author, speaker, and ministry leader passionate about helping God's children reach their full potential and live fully surrendered to Christ. Find her online at https://www.JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com.
Jodie Bailey is a Carolina girl who believes in the transformational power of the story when God is allowed to hold the pen. As an Army wife, she developed a love for serving and speaking to other Army spouses as a Protestant Women of the Chapel study leader, a Family Readiness Group leader, and an Army Family Team Building instructor. She began her writing career by creating content for PWOC’s international e100 women’s study and contributing to military family devotions and blogs. She is also a multi-published inspirational fiction author. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs. You can stop by and say hi at http://www.jodiebailey.com.
Ava Pennington is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher. She’s also a freelance editor, a certified coach for Christian writers and speakers, and a mentor in Word Weavers Intl. And she teaches a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class. She also received an Adult Bible Studies certificate from Moody Bible Institute and is trained as a Precepts Ministries instructor. She is the author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, co-author of 2 children’s picture books and has contributed to numerous magazines and anthologies. Visit her online at https://www.AvaPennington.com to learn more.
Kimi Miller is a California native who grew up in the Midwest. She is a United States Air Force veteran and former pastor of women’s ministry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a master’s degree in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Theology. She works full-time as an administrative assistant for the local police department and enjoys conversing with her friends over coffee in her free time. Her laughter is contagious, as is her passion for the Word of God. You can connect with Kimi through her blog https://kimimiller.com/.
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