Remaining relational

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In the midst of politics, it’s so easy to become wrapped up in policy and personality. It’s a struggle to balance my role, how to have calm conversations, and when to step back. It’s difficult to trust that even our government is in God’s hands. The words that resonate with me (Haley) most during this political season are the words of Carlos A. Rodriguez, in good ol’ C.S. Lewis style.

My Dear Wormwood,

Be sure that the patient remains completely fixated on politics. Arguments, political gossip, and obsessing on the faults of people they have never met serves as an excellent distraction from advancing in personal virtue, character, and the things the patient can control. Make sure to keep the patient in a constant state of angst, frustration, and general disdain towards the rest of the human race in order to avoid any kind of charity or inner peace from further developing. Ensure the patient continues to believe that the problem is “out there” in the “broken system” rather than recognizing there is a problem with himself.

Keep up the good work,
Uncle Screwtape

No matter your stance in this political season, I beg that you always put people first. Whether it’s the person you are arguing with or the person a new policy could affect, take a step back, use compassion, and share a little kindness.

One article that has resonated with James and I is an article on valuing human life, no matter the age and stage of life. Our hearts are to grow in how we can care for others from conception to death.

We’re praying for you, for relationships, for politics, for this country and for our world. God, grow our hearts to love Your children the way You love them.

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We are Haley and James Earley, a family of two established on October 11, 2014 in our hometown of Rochester, MN and now living in St. Paul, MN. We are dog-lovers, coffee addicts, tree-huggers, balance-seekers, community-livers, and new foster parents. We live in a house of three adults, three dogs, and our sweet foster kiddos. We desire to slow down in this fast-paced world in order to pursue intentional community as we seek after the heart of God. We're just one couple trying to figure out this whole living life thing.

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