The beautiful depths of life require connection with others. God created humanity for relationship. Much of our culture today draws us away from deep connection with others–but the longing never leaves us. It is the design God wove into humanity.
Part of the plans for Heartsong Ministry include using horses (and other animals, in time) to teach relationship principles. The ABCs of Relationships is the beginning of those curriculum plans.
As you read, consider posting comments or questions. Have you seen these principles in your own relationships? Are there other key components to healthy, thriving connections you feel need to be included?
Attentive – tune into your thoughts, feelings and desires. Consider same for ‘other.’
Ask – what do you want? Is it ‘good’ for both? How will you communicate the ask?
How can you create a safe space that allows ignoring, resisting or cooperating?
Accept – limitations, weaknesses and differences of opinion.
Bear with each other – no one, no relationship is perfect; create your unique relationship by working through your unique challenges
Bond – working through problems creates that special bond; the more things you go through, the stronger the bond
Blessed—humanity was created by love, in love, to love; the work of relationship brings great blessing.
Committed—The blessing of the bond develops deeper desires and more opportunities. Every layer of depth in a relationship demands more sacrifice and surrender.
Connected—Paul said he was constrained by the love of God…the deepening bonds of relationship ‘constrain’ us to love more, give more. Getting what we want or simply going along is never goal.
Creating—God created humanity for connection. Relationships develop to give life and create more connection. We see more possibilities and the process of connecting is endless…always new ways, new depths.
For more on how horses can help us learn relationship skills, pop on over to Building Relationships or contact me at email@example.com.
It is my joy to share the excitement of our recent training on ‘Relationships.’ For three days, my daughter, Riesa and our friend Debbie invested our hearts and minds (and bodies) into understanding Relationship Principles that can be visibly demonstrated with horse and human interaction. I am excited about the content and looking forward to building it into a discipleship model that helps Christians walk out Truths we believe.
In my delight, I wanted to share a teaser glimpse of Lifemanship and what you can expect to read more about in coming months. As a curriculum/practice, Lifemanship weaves neuroscience, counseling theory, and equine science into the context of free will and building relationships.
Relationships are understood as the basis for whole and healthy living. God, of course, is my role model for ‘doing life,’ so His way of doing relationship is the only one to emulate. Lifemanship has captured that in a powerful way. Every relationship is built on FREE WILL. Both parties have to choose to be in relationship with one another. Scripture is clear: God invites us to connect with Him!
Another principle is that relationships involve give and take. Committing to a relationship means committing to communication that shares and sticks with requests. Lifemanship offers principles (tools) to make that happen. One such principle is mutual benefit: if something is good for me but not you–it is not good for our relationship! The life of faith attests to this principle: God never asks of us anything that is for less than our best…and it gives Him glory when we engage with Him.
Spirit Reins in Texas is a ministry that utilizes the curriculum in a powerful way. I invite you to watch this little video…and as the Lord leads, please pray as we seek to understand more of this curriculum, practice its methodology and look for ways to share it with others!
Fresh Look at the Past is another page on this website that offers help today for those with relationships that hurt.