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Monday, May 16, 2011

Boundaries Create Freedom

I have talked with many women over the past few weeks who feel the same as I do:
overwhelmed.

 
Can you related beloved?

As I look at my life I realize my scatteredness comes from a lack of boundaries.  

The Lord never meant for us to live boundaryless... that leads to chaos.  He is a God of order and with order comes healthy boundaries.  We see it in His creation: 

 Job 26:10
10 He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters
   for a boundary between light and darkness. 

Proverbs 8:29
29 ... he gave the sea its boundary
   so the waters would not overstep his command,.... 


Jeremiah 5:22
    22'Do you not fear Me?' declares the LORD
         'Do you not tremble in My presence?
         For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea,
         An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it.
         Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail;
         Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it. 

    Boundaries define the shoreline from the sea, so it is with us. Boundaries define what is me and what is not me

A good place to start discovering who we are is in God's Word.  

"There is always safety in the truth..." 
(Boundaries. By: Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend)

The Lord has given us firm boundary lines and safe places to turn as we honestly seek out who we are.


Psalm 16:
 5 LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup;
   you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
   even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
   With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  

Psalm 119:2
2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes
   and seek him with all their heart.

Psalm 119:45
45 I will walk about in freedom,
   for I have sought out your precepts. 

When we find ourselves in Him we have freedom.  He has given each of us a job to do while we are here on this earth yet so many of us spend time doing other tasks that are not part of our job description which leaves us burnt out at the end of the day.  
Join me over the next few weeks as we take back our lives.  I am reading Boundaries by: Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.  Many of the ideas I will be presenting will come from this book so feel free to pick up a copy by clicking here and come along the journey to freedom.

Learning alongside you,
Dawna

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