We don’t get to pick our family. I am often brought back to Joseph’s story when considering sticky circumstances with family. Not only was he abandoned by his eleven brothers, they sold him into slavery out of jealousy.
Like Joseph, how you choose to respond in relationships to others is what you are responsible for. Who has God called you to be in these relationships? Be constantly reminded of this as you pray into your family dynamics and how you can best represent Jesus to them.
1. Be Spirit Led
The most important leader in your life is the Holy Spirit. He has answers for you! Allow Him to fill and motivate your thoughts, words, and actions. Ask Him to fill your heart to overflow with His power, presence, and love for the people in your life.
2. Manage Your Triggers
Only you are responsible for the triggers you have. Take initiative before conflict occurs in your family to recognize and proactively know how to address your heart when emotionally triggered.
3. Get Your Hopes Up
God knows you and your family best. Let the truth of His word fill you with all hope so that you are not living with fear or anxiety for the potential stress that could come from your family dynamics. There is always room for God in seemingly impossible circumstances.
4. Learn When to Step Away
Sometimes conflict is best left unresolved for a period of time. Respect the boundaries you have for yourself and clearly communicate that you can engage in conflict when it is respectful. You are worth it.
5. Remember Things Can Change
Your circumstances are not permanent. As believers we know that we are storing up heavenly treasures in this life. But even more so, God is working in your family, whether there is evidence to see it yet or not.
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