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Boundaries: Burdens or Blessings?

November 16, 2018
"Boundaries are not burdens. They are gifts." - Priscilla Shirer  #SabbathMargin | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 1 #P31OBS

I lay in bed, eyes wide open. Everything around me at rest, except my mind. It's racing once more, reminding me that the darkness that is night, is not the only darkness that can rise. There's another that can fill our hearts and minds. Anxiety. Guilt. Regret. Those are my bedtime companions. The foes of a soul not at rest.

Hi friends! Welcome to your first Freedom Friday! As you already know, I'm Katrina. But what you don't know yet is that I've been a slave to "productivity" and food.

There, I confessed. 

All my life, I've been results driven. And I'm sad to say my view of rest hasn't been the best. Rest has always felt like a burden that prolonged progress. I mean, who really needs rest when you can continually charge forward ... in endless circles, full of unease.

Yikes!

And my view of the foods I need to restrict for my health? Not any better. My "can't eat" list has felt like a freedom stealer. A burden I resented having to bear. I mean, of course I should have the freedom to eat them ... even if they bring misery and health repercussions.

Double yikes!

Clearly, I needed to embrace the Sabbath Principle. Clearly, I needed to read Priscilla Shirer's words that: "Boundaries are not burdens. They are gifts." And CLEARLY, it was time to take the right actions to find true freedom.

Well, being the "action" person I am, I've begun implementing rest. My family started setting aside one day each weekend to chill. And I did a seven-day fast to put a pause on and reboot my eating. 

Not that I've conquered these changes perfectly. But I have become acutely aware of the constant reel of lies and lurings playing in the background of my mind about rest and food. And I have been able to combat them with the Truths from this week's study.

And guess what? Boundaries no longer feel like burdens! I now recognize them for the blessing they are and true freedom they bring. And THAT'S a victory worth celebrating.

I lay in bed, eyes drifting shut. Everything around me at rest, including my mind. It's relaxing once more, reminding me that the darkness beyond the night can be illuminated by The Light. The One that should fill our hearts and minds. Peace. Gratitude. Satisfaction. Those are my new bedtime companions. The friends of a soul at rest. 

Let's Chat:

What's your big "danger" area when it comes to resting (see pages 10-11)? What's one step you'll take to begin setting a healthy boundary of rest in that area?

For Your Weekend:
Make some time to review what you've learned and how you're going to respond, jotting them down on pages 33-35. This is also a great time to grab the Week 2 section of the Week at a Glance to make your plans for next week. But don't forget to rest, too!

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Enjoy your weekend!
Kat

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