Relationships are hard, yet glorious. They can be uncomfortable or a priceless treasure. They can force us into tough places or encourage us into wonderful ones.

Even just this week, I sat at breakfast with a friend and our time together was an encouragement for us both. Just moments after that breakfast ended, I had to dive head first into an apology with another friend. I had made some careless decisions that hurt her and I needed to humble myself and apologize.

In Matthew 22, Jesus tells us to "love your neighbor as yourself." We have read that. We have heard that. We know it to be true, but it can be one of the hardest things we do. Loving others does not always come easily. We tend to forget the importance of people. We become annoyed, frustrated, entitled, inconvenienced, and uninterruptible. Relationships are hard work! Thankfully, Christ is the ultimate example of loving others. He wasn't bothered by others' race, social status, obvious emotions, preconceived ideas, culture, age, personality, or health conditions. It didn't matter if you were His disciple and friend, or if he had only known you a few moments. No matter what - you were worthy of loving. What a challenge for us to do the same!

This month at The Nest on the Dallas campus, we had the chance to narrow in on some specific relationships that are woven into our lives as mommas. We discussed boys, girls, tweens, in-laws, neighbors, siblings, and community. We also discussed being unoffendable and how to handle sticky situations. A handful of those talks were recorded and can be found below. I hope that each of these encourage you to love those around you with Christ-like love.

Sibling Harmony
12 Ways to be an Extraordinary Boy Mom
Moms and Their Daughters
Sticky Situations
In-Laws: Boundaries and Expectations
Investing in your Neighbors

About the Author

Mandy Sisco has a love for her Savior and her husband of 16 years, Lance. Together, they have the great privilege to disciple four kiddos: a SHE-E-O, a dreamer, a fireball, and an adventurer. When Mandy is not speaking along side her husband in marriage ministry, she is most at home in a room full of mommas.She enjoys sharing the real joys and raw struggles that sharpen her in the almost-always crazy season of parenting.

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