Mondays, beginning Jan 27. 2020, at the LifeAustin SW Campus
9:30AM – LifeMoms and LifeWomen with April Sorensen, Allison Armstrong. Michelle Arland, Bobbie Herzog, and Pastor Julie
7PM – Tara Woodward, with live teaching from Pastor Julie
We talk about having margin in our lives, about having good boundaries so that we can flourish in our personal relationships, our faith. But the reality is, knowing how to set those small limits can lead to a big crisis. How exactly are we supposed to do that in a culture that expects immediate access, social media windows into our lives, and more activity available at every turn? And as women, as moms, it can feel even trickier.
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.
When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask:
- 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?
- Aren’t boundaries selfish?
- Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries?
Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.
There’s good news ahead.
This spring in LifeWomen, we’re going to be expanding on our fall study of Footnotes by going through the book Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend.
*Get connected in community with other women, for friendship and encouragement.
*Expand on Pastor Julie’s study, Footnotes, by studying the book Boundaries. Learn more about what they are, why we need them, and how they allow us to cherish the little things (because they’re really the big things).
*Discover just how powerful and far-reaching the truth is that #littlethingsarebigthings.