Coping with Communication Challenges

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Today is Norma Jean’s birthday.

It reminds me of a man who asked his wife, “What would you most like for your birthday?”

She said, “I’d love to be ten again.”

On the morning of her birthday, he got her up bright and early and they went to a theme park. He put her on every ride in the park – the Death Slide, The Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear.

She had a go on every ride there was. She staggered out of the theme park five hours later, her head reeling and her stomach turning.

Then they were off to a movie theater where they ate popcorn and sweets and drank Cola. At last she staggered home with her husband and collapsed into bed.

Her husband leaned over and asked, “Well, dear, what was it like being ten again?” One eye opened and she groaned, “Actually, honey, I meant dress size!”

Well, at least that isn’t an issue for my lovely, size 8 wife!

Getting a birthday gift is difficult.  But the bigger problem in most marital relationships is actually communication.  Conversation is one of the top five emotional needs of most women and some men.

One evening a man and his wife called another couple to see what they were doing. “Oh,” said the other wife, “we’re just drinking coffee and talking.” As she hung up the phone, she demanded, “Why don’t we ever do that?

They’re just drinking coffee and talking.” Her husband said, “So make a pot of coffee.”

They sat with their freshly brewed coffee, just staring at each other in silence. “Well, call them back,” he directed, “and find out what they’re talking about.”

Communication is tough. Challenging. Tricky. Sometimes we miss what the other person really wants!

Let me briefly bullet some suggestions that will help improve your communication. Read the referenced scripture.  And make personal application.

Learn to really listen. Don’t interrupt. Don’t second guess. Don’t judge motives. Just focus on your loved one and listen with your ears and your heart. (James 1:19)

Set aside some time for undivided attention. While a lot of  communication is spontaneous, research has shown that strong couples intentionally carve out time to talk about their day, share their feelings and discuss their hopes, dreams and fears (Eph 5:16-17)

Be transparent. Ephesians 4:16 admonishes us to “speak the truth in love.” Truth is transparent.  Illuminated by light. Open and honest.

Be sensitive to your mate’s feelings. Men and women are typically different in their expressiveness. Men tend to communicate from the head and women from the heart. (1 Pet. 3:7)

Deal with communication issues. Don’t ignore them. Address them as quickly as possible (Eph 4:26). Cope with one issue at a time. Lovingly communicate what the issue really is. Then work together to solve the problem.

Be positive in your outlook. Sure, bad things happen. Problems occur. And sin can and does invade our hearts and homes. But be positive in your attitude and approach to solving your  problems. If you focus too much on a small problem area, it will seem worse than it really is. (Eph 4:32)

Communicate with God and let God communicate with you. In other words–pray!  And read the Bible. A lot of communication issues can be overcome and resolved when our spiritual commitments are valued, and our love for God is shared. (Deut. 6:4-6).

Good communication builds and bonds. It creates a sense of belonging. It’s the lifeblood of  your relationship.

Now, excuse me, while I figure out what I’m going to do for Norma Jean’s birthday!

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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7 responses to “Coping with Communication Challenges

  1. tommythornhill

    Good advice to married people, and even those contemplating it. BTW, Happy Birthday Norma. Carol and I remember when you were just a teenager babysitting our children. I am sure Ken will do something good for you today. He is certainly a good husband, father and most of all, a Christian,

  2. Aleta

    Happy Birthday, Dear Norma! I miss you so much and want you to know many things I learned and do in my life stem from your godly example. Love you…and know that Ken will treat you royally today!

  3. Happy Birthday, Norma. Ken is right … you are still lovely. I miss getting to say “HI” when I go the the Admin Offices at FC. Have a great birthday as you wait for your KC weather to warm up. 80 degrees in Lakeland yesterday! Wilson

  4. Stephen Segrest

    But you forgot to mention the importance of women being able to talk about football or baseball (like what a zone blitz or high cheese is). I’m pretty sure this is mentioned somewhere in 1st or 2nd Corinthians.

  5. Billie

    WISH WE WERE THERE, BUT SINCE YOU ARE SO CLOSE TO OKC, I’M SURE THAT WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN SOON. THOSE BIRTHDAYS SEEM TO GET CLOSER TOGETHER DON’T THEY?

  6. julie davidson

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Norma Jean! 🙂 Have a JOYOUS day…in His love, Julie

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