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Good manners dictated that she play hostess, and another evening was shot. Click on the titles below to read excerpts from other books by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. Self Care Skills for Relationships. Dinner finally finished, Sherrie watched Walt position him- self in front of the TV for the football game. Gregory Lee Austin, F.
Would you like for me to help you help him to have some problems? They looked at me like I was crazy, but some lights were beginning to go on in their heads. But, whenever you turn on your sprinkler system, your water only falls on his lawn.
He might not like that after a while. A little boundary clarification would do the trick. You need some fences to keep his problems out of your yard and in his, where they belong. His look told me that he was beginning to understand. In the physical world, boundaries are easy to see.
Fences, signs, walls, moats with alligators, manicured lawns, or hedges are all physical boundaries. In their differing appearances, they give the same message: The owner of the property is legally responsible for what happens on his or her property.
Physical boundaries mark a visible property line that someone holds the deed to. You can go to the county courthouse and find out exactly where those boundaries of responsibility are and whom to call if you have business there.
In the spiritual world, boundaries are just as real, but often harder to see. Our goal is to help you define your intangible boundaries and to recognize them as an ever present reality that can increase your love and save your life. In reality, these boundaries define your soul, and they help you to guard it and maintain it see Proverbs 4: Boundaries define us.
They define what is me and what is not me. A boundary shows me where I end and someone else begins, leading me to a sense of ownership. Knowing what I am to own and take responsibility for gives me freedom. If I know where my yard begins and ends, I am free to do with it what I like.
Taking responsibility for my life opens up many different options. Or they did not give you the means with which to protect the property? This would be not only confusing but also potentially dangerous. This is exactly what happens to us emotionally and spiritually, however. We have to deal with what is in our soul, and boundaries help us to define what that is. If we are not shown the parameters, or are taught wrong parameters, we are in for much pain.
The Bible tells us clearly what our parameters are and how to protect them, but often our family, or other past relationships, confuses us about our parameters. In addition to showing us what we are responsible for, boundaries help us to define what is not on our property and what we are not responsible for. We are not, for example, responsible for other people. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, f or each one should carry their own load. We are responsible to others and for ourselves. They do not have enough strength, resources, or knowledge to carry the load, and they need help. Denying ourselves to do for others what they cannot do for themselves is showing the sacrificial love of Christ. This is what Christ did for us.
He did what we could not do for ourselves; he saved us. No one can do certain things for us. These burdens are like boulders. They can crush us. It would break our backs. We need help with the boulders—those times of crisis and tragedy in our lives.
These loads are like knapsacks. Knapsacks are possible to carry. We are expected to carry our own.
We are expected to deal with our own feelings, attitudes, and behaviors, as well as the responsibilities God has given to each one of us, even though it takes effort. The results of these two instances are either perpetual pain or irresponsibility. We will define what we are responsible for later in our book.
Boundaries help us to distinguish our property so that we can take care of it. In short, boundaries help us keep the good in and the bad out.
They guard our treasures see Matthew 7: They keep the pearls inside, and the pigs outside. Sometimes, we have bad on the inside and good on the outside. In these instances, we need to be able to open up our boundaries to let the good in and the bad out.
In other words, our fences need gates in them. For example, if I find that I have some pain or sin within, I need to open up and communicate it to God and others, so that I can be healed. Often we will close our boundaries to good things from others, staying in a state of deprivation. In short, boundaries are not walls. We are to be in community with them.
But in every community, all members have their own space and property. The important thing is that property lines be permeable enough to allow passing and strong enough to keep out danger. Often, when people are abused while growing up, they reverse the function of boundaries and keep the bad in and the good out. When Mary was growing up she suffered abuse from her father.
She was not encouraged to develop good boundaries. As a result, she would close herself off, holding the pain inside; she would not open up to express her hurt and get it out of her soul.
She also would not open up to let support from the outside in to heal her. Dinner finally finished, Sherrie watched Walt position him- self in front of the TV for the football game. Todd reached for the phone, asking if his friends could come over and play. Amy slipped unobserved to her room. The dishes stayed on the table.
But maybe the kids were still a little young for that. Sherrie started clearing the dishes from the table. A cup of coffee after dinner and the adrena- line rush that accompanied crises and deadlines galvanized Sherrie into superhuman feats of productivity. But it was becoming noticeably harder these days.
More and more, she was having trou- ble concentrating, forgetting dates and deadlines, and not even caring a great deal about it all. At any rate, by sheer willpower, she had completed most of her tasks. But I did say yes to Jeff, Sherrie thought. No time for that now. She had to get on with her real task for the evening: God has put together a good team, she would tell herself.
Walt has the leadership, and I have the love. But over the years, Sherrie noted a shift in the relationship. It started off subtly, then became more pronounced. She could hear it in his sarcastic tone when she had a complaint. She saw it in the lack of respect in his eyes when she tried to tell him about her need for more support from him. She felt it in his increasingly insistent demands for her to do things his way. And his temper. Maybe it was job stress, or having kids.
It all pointed to one conclusion: It was a parent-child relation- ship, with Sherrie on the wrong end. At first she thought she was imagining things. There I go again, looking for trouble when I have a great life, she told her- self.
Finally realizing that Walt was a controlling person, Sherrie took the blame upon herself. These conclusions led Sherrie to a solution she had practiced for years: As long as she was quiet and agreeable, things went well. But let her preferences raise their ugly heads and she risked getting her head lopped off.
Sherrie learned to read Walt well, and quickly. She did an immediate backtrack. This might mean dressing more attractively at home. Or making his favorite meals several times a week. But the peace never lasted. Thus, he stayed angry longer, and his anger isolated her more from him.
Her love for her husband was eroding. She had felt that no matter how bad things were, God had joined them and that their love would get them through. But, in the past few years, it was more commitment than love. When she was honest, she admit- ted that many times she could feel nothing at all toward Walt but resentment and fear.
Things needed to change. Somehow, they needed to rekindle the flames of their first love.
Sherrie walked into the family room. The late-night come- dian on the television screen had just finished his monologue. There was no answer. Moving closer, she saw why. Walt had fallen asleep on the couch. Deciding it was the first, she picked up her Bible from the bedside table and opened it to the New Testa- ment.
Give me something to hope for, Lord. Please, she prayed silently. Her eyes fell to the words of Christ in Matthew 5: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Sherrie protested. I feel poor in spirit. I mourn over my life, my marriage, my children. I try to be gentle, but I just feel run over all the time. Where is your promise? Where is your hope? Where are you? Sherrie waited in the darkened room for an answer. None came.
The only sound was the quiet pit-pat of tears running off her checks and onto the pages of her Bible. Sherrie tries to live her life the right way. She tries to do a good job with her marriage, her children, her job, her relation- ships, and her Lord. And, above all, her sense that her life is out of control.
Understanding her struggle may shed light on yours.
Sherrie expends lots of energy trying to have a successful life. A master of taking care of the feelings and problems of others, Sherrie feels like her life is a miserable failure. Sher- rie suffers from severe difficulties in taking ownership of her life. Made in the image of God, we were created to take respon- sibility for certain tasks.
In her desire to do the right thing, or to avoid conflict, she ends up taking on problems that God never intended her to take on: Any confusion of responsibility and ownership in our lives is a problem of boundaries. And this is one of the most serious problems facing Chris- tians today. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they raise good questions: Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
What are legitimate boundaries? What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries? How do boundaries relate to submission? Not only that, but many clinical psychological symptoms, such as depression, anxi- ety disorders, eating disorders, addictions, impulsive disorders, guilt problems, shame issues, panic disorders, and marital and relational struggles, find their root in conflicts with boundaries.
This book presents a biblical view of boundaries: This book will answer the above questions and more. Our goal is to help you use biblical boundaries appropriately to achieve the rela- tionships and purposes that God intends for you as his child. This book aims to help you see the deeply biblical nature of boundaries as they operate in the character of God, his universe, and his people.
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances -- Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions -- Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others -- Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God's will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator -- Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations.
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