Building on the previous week’s discussion of the “walls” we encounter in our maturation, this week we considered the possibility that great growth and transformation can happen in times of pain, grief, and loss (including coming to terms with our limits).
Pathway 4 to Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is “Enlarging Your Soul Through Grief and Loss.”
Here are 8 limits common to all of us.
In “On Grief and Growing Up”, Lee helps parents understand that what they feel guilty about may actually be grief over their kids growing up…
And, get a glimpse of one family’s journey to have their soul enlarged through the grief of losing a young mom.
We’re continuing to learn how Jesus invites us to a healthier place emotionally and spiritually in all circumstances. This week, we considered how the hardest places in our life’s story can also be the places of great growth with Christ as we Journey Through the Wall.
To think a little more about what the wall is, read through “Deep in the Dark: Abiding During the Dark Night of the Soul.”
Or, learn these spiritual lessons from newborns… you might be surprised at how useful they are!
And to continue to think about what happens to your way of thinking because you’ve journeyed through the wall, here’s a short piece from Think Christian.
Go Back to Go Forward.
Everyone has something they drag along with them from their family life. It’s being willing to work through that baggage that allows us to grow into the future with Christ. This week we learned that lesson with Joseph– who grew in maturity as he worked out with Yahweh the pain his brothers had caused him. (see Genesis 50)
This week, you’re invited to spend time reflecting on your family of origin. What were/are the relationships like? How might those dynamics have effected you? Use this free genogram resource from Emotionally Healthy Spirituality to get started.
Or, read this story from Jessica about how to keep boundaries with family members whom you also forgive.
To encourage you to a different way of being with your family, there’s this piece on seeing parenting as “The Season of Sowing.”