Wednesday, July 18, 2018

"Encourage one another, and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."  
I Thessalonians 5:11

Aaron and I both feel that it's important for each member of our family to understand how God created him or her as a unique being, with strengths and weaknesses and gifts.  One of the most accurate and fun tools we've found is the Meyers-Briggs personality types.  Aaron found a graphic representing likely stress triggers for each type (aka MBTI stress heads!) and printed each one of our types.  They now have a permanent home on the fridge.

  In addition, "How Each Myers-Briggs Type reacts to stress (and how to help!)" offers a less concise, yet super helpful, summary of things that potentially stress each personality.  As you might imagine, we have six very different personalities living under our roof.  In fact, Aaron and I are exact opposites.   One of the things that sends my head spinning is "disregarding my established rules and regulations", but two of the things that send Benjamin's head spinning are "required planning" and "routine".  It took us a long time to figure out and then talk about how these differences played out in our every day lives, but now I'm so thankful that we did!

I encourage you, whether married or single, house full of kids or just a quiet dog, to learn how God created you and those around you.  This understanding is part of stewarding our relationships.  

"Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace.  And the God of love and peace will be with you."  2 Corinthians 13:11

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