weary of their waiting. (Doesn’t sound much different from us, right?) They longed for the Messiah who had been promised to them and who would be able to crush the head of the serpent. On that dark night, the angels appear to lowly shepherds to announce that the plan of redemption has been set in motion.
We have been set free from the imprisonment of guilt and shame, so what is it that keeps us there? Guilt can be broken down in two ways, true guilt and false guilt.
We exist revolving around God even though our minute perspective can lead us to think we are the center of the galaxy. How does our life change once we know the truth?
Before we mistakenly interpret a child’s reactions as evidence of some “issues,” let’s look at a few ways that we as parents can provide genuine connection and encouragement to help our children get through this important transition.
It’s easy to get stuck in a place of hopelessness when it seems like you are fighting alone. If you find yourself here today, I ask that you consider these three points as you reflect on your situation.
So how do you decide when or how to discuss family secrets? Here are three factors you should consider before “letting the cat out of the bag”.
Ask anyone who uses porn or smokes weed or some other life-controlling behavior how they feel soon after his or her latest use and the common answer is ashamed, embarrassed, fearful or worthless. Those specific feelings: shame, embarrassment, fear or worthlessness are among our most painful feelings.