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The Healthy Way Series: What Healthy Relationships Do & Don’t Have

You won’t want to miss this inspiring and practical conversation about getting healthy in relationships with one of today’s leading voices on marriage and relationships. Gary Thomas offers the sisterhood some ways in which we can assess the health of our relationships and how we can move forward with people who are difficult for us to love. We hear how humility (thinking less about yourself) and righteousness (living according to God’s agenda) impact the overall health of all relationships.

As we delve into getting healthy in relationships, we naturally uncover some difficult topics.  From pornography to domestic violence Gary offers next steps a listener can take in her family life. From responding to unhealthy people in a healthy way to pursuing holiness over happiness we hear how relationships are often uncomfortable. From parenting kids through hard moments to recognizing the abundant life is the obedient life we are reminded that we often must take the long view when thinking about relationships. There is much wisdom packed into a single hour.

This interview goes down as one of our favorites to date. Part practical, part inspirational, it reminds us of the need for healthy relationships and how God directs us toward them. You will find, as so many have, that Gary’s voice is one of gentle and unwavering truth. If you are new to The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast, start here. If you are a returning listener, get your headphones out for a listen.

You can connect with Gary on his website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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A few things you heard mentioned on the show:

Gary’s book The Sacred Search: What if it’s Not About Who You Marry, But Why?

Second Baptist Church, Houston, TX

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”Matthew 6:33

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”2 Timothy 2:2

“‘I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.’”Genesis 12:2-3

The Sinner’s Guide by Louis of Granada

Gary’s book Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?

We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.”James 3:2

The Emotionally Destructive Marriage: How to Find Your Voice and Reclaim Your Hope by Leslie Vernick

Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.”Colossians 3:19

Gary’s books Loving Him Well: Practical Advice On Influencing Your Husband and Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything in Your Marriage

but my dove, my perfect one, is unique,
    the only daughter of her mother,
    the favorite of the one who bore her.
The young women saw her and called her blessed;
    the queens and concubines praised her.”Song of Songs 6:9

Pure Desire Ministries

We love because he first loved us.” -1 John 4:19

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