When we work  hard on changing our thoughts in an effort to change our lives, wouldn’t it be so much easier if we could do that in a vacuum?

One of the things that makes any kind of change in life difficult is the fact that we don’t live in a black hole and there are P-E-O-P-L-E around.

Those “people” could be spouses, children, friends, co-workers, friends, acquaintances… virtually anybody.

So how can we be the kind of loving, caring, individuals even when that person or those people are around and especially when those folks are not necessarily likable? Or more honestly said… when they are driving us b-a-n-a-n-a-s.

I’m just keeping it real people…

How to Love 'Em

Last week we tackled this concept through the lens of faith.  This week, I want to examine the idea of being the person I want to be through the lens of relationships – family and friends.

I’m still holding my ground.  I believe that you can have the life… even around others… that you want to have by starting where it matters… with your thoughts.

You can change your life by changing your thoughts. ~ @ChrystalHurst

In today’s podcast, I’d like to share what I’m learning, in a practical sense, about being the person I want to be – even when it’s a challenge.

Renewing your mind isn’t just about thinking differently about yourself.  It involves how you think about and operate in your circles of influence too.

Can’t wait to share my heart with you!  And don’t skip the show notes…  Lots of links to some great nuggets available for you!

Love 'Em Anyway

Join me for today’s chat by clicking  “play” at the top of this post or via iTunes or Stitcher.



Highlight from Today’s Episode:

“How to Love ‘Em When You Don’t Like ‘Em”

  • Love is a legacy. What do you want people to remember about you?
  • Force the habit. You can act different than you feel.
  • Show Compassion.  None of us is perfect.  Learn how to let go.


Quick Links

 ==> Links for Today’s Show

  1. Haven’t read “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman? Do it!
  2. Need additional coaching on forgiveness?  Chuck Swindoll offers help.
  3. Sometimes we just need a little  perspective on what’s important. Every day counts.  Don’t forget that.
  4. What does your face say when THAT person walks into the room? Toni Morrison shared some thoughts that might remind you to put in just a little effort.
  5. Wanna read that post from Jen Hatmaker in its entirety? CLICK HERE
  6. Are you a victim of abuse?  Do you need help? Contact the National Domestic Hotline.

 ==> General Links 

  1. Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE
  2. Did you miss last week’s podcast?  Check it out here!
  3. Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans


Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment or ask a question!

  • What is your thought process when you need to love someone you don’t like?
  • What emotion is your typical response under relational pressure – hurt, anger, frustration, etc.?
  • Who has left you a legacy of love?  How did they do that?

Connect with me…

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