Learning, Pondering, & Writing about Life & Faith

Tag: Personal Responsibility

listening opens communication

Freedom to Choose

One of the best gifts we can give each other is the acknowledgment that each of us is answerable to God first and foremost. Imposing our opinion shuts down a relationship. Listening with an open heart keeps it open.

We may disagree with someone’s perspective, opinion, decisions, or beliefs, but when we realize that God is the One responsible for them, not us, we free that person to explore all God has for them without fear of our reaction.

We must be careful to not assume we know God’s plan for another’s life. And we must be careful to respect and honor their God-given right to make their own choices.

If we are concerned about someone’s choices, the best thing we can do is to pray for them that God’s purpose in their life prevails. We can trust God to accomplish His purposes for them, just as we can trust Him to do the same for us!

real relationship with God requires boundaries

What it Means to Have Proper Boundaries with God

I’ve always thought of boundaries in relationships as drawing a line to keep unhealthy behavior at bay. You know, such as needed for an abusive spouse or a friend who keeps infringing on your time and space.

So when I got to the “Boundaries and God” chapter in Cloud’s and Townsend’s book Boundaries, I was somewhat startled.

Why in the world would we need boundaries with God?

how to have a balanced life and healthy relationships

The Key to a Balanced Life and Healthy Relationships

A mentor once introduced me to a simple diagram which has brought me much clarity in living a more balanced life and having healthier relationships. It helps us know when to say “yes” and when to say “no.” Most importantly, it puts God in His rightful place, resulting in freedom to live a fulfilling and purposeful life.

God will make a way

God Will Make a Way, But We Gotta Walk it Out

God seems to speak to me in themes, getting my attention by repeating the same concepts in different ways. Recently, the fact that God will make a way where there seems to be none — moving mountains and parting the sea, so to speak — has been prevalent.

How to have peace in any situation

How to Have Peace in Any Situation

In a world where things go wrong, where evil is present, and where we don’t have full control, is it possible to have peace in every situation?

I would say it is. But it depends on our choices, especially in response to what we can’t control.

Moving past failure to freedom

Moving Past Failure to Freedom

Everyone fails. That reality should free us, but it doesn’t. We believe too many lies that keep us from moving past failure to freedom: We believe our failure is unredeemable. We believe failure defines us. We believe it is unforgivable. We believe others caused it. We believe we have to live in the defeat of our failure. And we believe that only bad results from failing.

As you read those statements, you probably recognize the fallacy in each one. Still, how do we shake off those lies and move forward?

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