Start this Week by Defending your Boundaries!
Are we willing to sit with Christ a minute and think through what we want, what we don’t want, what we like, what we don’t like, how we will use our time, how we won’t use our time?
In other words, what would Christ do or not do in your shoes? Define that and now all you have to do is put your boundaries around it.
When you know what you want and don’t want in your life (your borders) then it is easy to say “yes” to what fits and “no” to what does not so that you can pursue and honor the Lord’s plan for your life.
When this is in place you will stop letting others step on your toes and stop pushing you into doing what does not fit for you. AND you will be able to do this without guilt.
You will truly find that people don’t like not being able to tell others what to do!
As you start to take back control of your life (“Learning to say NO”) you will find that they will use tactics like guilt, shame, temper fits and more to try to break through your personal choices or decisions.
Many often drop their guard and their boundaries and allow themselves to be pressured and manipulated when they are not sure it is “okay” to have their own life.
Boundaries are simple, they define who you are, they say what you want, and point out what you don’t want. They express your goals and purpose for life and then safeguard them. They say where you end and another person starts.
They are like a property line. Others can do what they want on their property but not on yours.
Once boundaries are set, no one gets to redefine these places of safety except you and the Lord.
“You, Lord, are all I want!
You are my choice,
and you keep me safe.
You make my life pleasant,
and my future is bright.
I praise you, Lord,
for being my guide.
Even in the darkest night,
your teachings fill my mind.
I will always look to you,
as you stand beside me
and protect me from fear,” Psalm 16:5-8.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|