Divorce, Family, My Life with God

Hard Healthy Boundaries

photo-1532133528700-2f94178d91ceA couple months ago, as I was thinking about this holiday season and was making tentative plans, I thought about how divorce has affected the way my girls now must process and plan family gatherings. I had a brief moment of, “To make it easier on them, should I offer to include my ex in our family gathering?”

(I know some people do that, and it works. If you’ve been following my journey the last few years, you know my ex chose to leave the family in a sudden, hostile, and disrespectful way, and we no longer have contact.)

As I thought about the possibility, I knew it wasn’t wise on a multitude of levels, but I also knew I could do it. It’s not that I’m okay with him. It’s that I’m okay with myself. I am okay with being able to show compassion and patience. I’m also okay with—and determined to have—healthy boundaries. I’m okay with not putting myself in a position where I am vulnerable to his hurt and manipulation even though being okay with that requires me to be okay with other things, such as, refraining from reaching out. My choice of not placing myself in that situation takes power and influence from him.

I’m not in a struggle for the power. I don’t need control. I know the one who has power. Because I’m closely connected to God, I trust that he will guide me and use his power only in ways that will help me even if that help comes in the form of uncomfortable growth. He equips me, and he equips you as you lean in and listen to him.

Healthy boundaries are important. Never use them as an excuse or escape. Never avoid confrontation or reconciliation that can and needs to happen. When avoidance is motivated by comfort, it is usually misguided. Instead, healthy boundaries should be established and maintained because of wisdom. Where that line is might shift over time, so be alert to what your next response might be and how it might change. Through the process of trusting and following God, you will find you are constantly changing. And as uncomfortable and inconvenient it might be, growth that God guides is always good.

 

2 thoughts on “Hard Healthy Boundaries”

  1. I think many times we tell ourselves that we HAVE TO deal with things because “it’s nice to keep the peace”, or “because it’s family” or “because people will talk”. I have learned that I choose who I talk to in life. I choose who I allow in my life. I choose who I want to deal with, and who I don’t. For my own sanity, my own mental health, and my own well being. I don’t have to be friends with, talk to, or associate with anyone I don’t want to. I’m an adult. I get to decide what’s best for ME. You don’t have to like it, agree with it, or choose the same. This is about ME. God said forgive, he didn’t say continue to keep misery in your life.

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    1. Yes, I think as long as we are allowing and trusting God to set our boundaries, we can rest assured we are in the right place. Sometimes the boundaries he wants us to set change, and we have to constantly listen to him and let him guide. Sometimes he places us in some uncomfortable situations, but it is always purposeful. He is always purposeful. Sometimes situations are not what we want them to be. But we can move forward with God’s peace and strength and courage.
      Blessings to you!

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