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Tricky, Beautiful Relationships

May 17, 2015 by

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Relationships can be a tricky thing. They can be difficult and messy. They can cause us heartache and pain.

If we’ve been hurt in ministry, we can tend to pull back from the church as a whole.

When friendships have caused us heartache, we often choose to retreat.

Family lets us down and we learn to keep those closest to us at arm’s length.

We retreat to our safe corners, we set our fists in a defensive stance, and we harden our hearts because the pain…?

Well, the truth is that it hurts.

Self-preservation and the avoidance of pain are natural responses. Healthy relationships and proper boundaries are a good thing. But we must also take great care to tread cautiously when it comes to putting up walls that are intended to keep the hard things at a distance.

You see, growth happens as a result of difficulties.

Today, I am blessed to be contributing at Club31Women – one of my favorite blogs. Lisa Jacobson is an incredible writer with the ability to encourage women in our faith.

To continue reading this post, click here.

Her husband, Matthew, is also a talented writer with an ability to both challenge and encourage men and women in their walks. You can check out his inspirational blog here.

“You will know that you are my disciples when you love one another.”

-John 13:35

This post was shared on A Proverbs 31 Wife & the SDG Gathering.

6 Responses to Tricky, Beautiful Relationships

  1. Grace Esedeke

    I read the complete post and it really encouraged me and made me to reconsider my thoughts.. I was thinking of bailing out of a lifetime friendship with my childhood friend because of an offense.
    Thank you ma for sharing..

    • Heather

      I’m so happy that you were blessed by this post, Grace. May the Lord continue to guide you in this relationship (and others) as you seek Him for wisdom and direction. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing.

    • Heather

      Absolutely, Lux. This is why it is so important to know God’s Word and to listen for His wisdom. Blessings to you and yours!

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