Episode 006: I don’t want to go back to normal, because normal wasn’t working. (Part 5)

In this episode, Jeff and Sabrina finish up their series called “I don’t want to go back to normal, because normal wasn’t working.” They tackle the final two parts of our Pre-COVID world that we don’t want to go back to normal on. Relational health and speed of life.

If you haven’t heard the previous episodes, here are the links to those:

Episode 005: https://jeffmaness.com/episode-005-i-dont-want-to-go-back-to-normal-because-normal-wasnt-working-part-4/

Episode 004: https://jeffmaness.com/episode-004-i-dont-want-to-go-back-to-normal-because-normal-wasnt-working-part-3/

Episode 003: https://jeffmaness.com/episode-003-i-dont-want-to-go-back-to-normal-because-normal-wasnt-working-part-2/

Episode 002: https://jeffmaness.com/episode-002-i-dont-want-to-go-back-to-normal-because-normal-wasnt-working/

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How to not go back to normal in our relational health: 

The divorce rate in America was already at about 50% before COVID hit. Then, in an article from September 1st, titled “US Divorce rates skyrocket amid COVID-19 Pandemic” it said that the number of people looking for divorces was 34% higher from March through June compared to 2019.

31% of those seeking a divorce cited that the lockdown had caused irreparable damage to their relationships.

  1. Seek Jesus 
  2. Spend quality alone time together
  3. Have Sex

How to not go back to normal in our speed of life: 

Pre-Covid statistics showed that 60% of U.S. adults said they at least sometimes felt too busy to enjoy life.

74% of parents said they at least sometimes felt too busy to enjoy life.

1/3 of all children said they always felt rushed.

We now spend on average 5 hours a day on our phones, check our phones once every 12 minutes, or about 80 times a day.

  1. Stop some things
  2. Shut off some things
  3. Sabbath 

Links mentioned:


#Single Sermon Series: https://elementchurch.life/watch/page/4/


Relationship Goals – Mike Todd

Breaking the Marriage Idol – Kutter Callaway

An Impossible Marriage — Laurie and Matt Krieg

A Hole In My Heart Podcast — Laurie and Matt Krieg

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry – John Mark Comer

Jeff Maness
I am a follower of Jesus first, husband to a beautiful wife, father to four amazing children, lead pastor of Element Church in Cheyenne, WY, and blogger of all things life.

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