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Faith Over Fear

with Jennifer Slattery, Jodie Bailey and Shellie Arnold

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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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
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
As a writer and speaker, Shellie Arnold has published articles, written weekly devotional curriculum, taught at writers’ conferences, spoken at homeschooling events, and conducted classes, seminars, and retreats for various church groups. A home school mom of over twenty years, she knows the unique challenges stay-at-home moms face. As a sexual abuse survivor, she understands the long-term effects trauma can have, even for believers. She has three published novels: The Spindle Chair, Sticks and Stones, and Abide With Me, all of which depict the “perfect storms” in marriage - what happens when our weaknesses hit head-on, and we’re both left wondering if anything can be salvaged. Visit her at
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