Loving My Family – Right Where They Are
This last month my daughter had her baby dedicated at her church. It is interesting, a few years ago I might have felt bad for her “choices”, possibly even thinking that she was making the “wrong” choices. It is not be accident that I am getting better at “Loving Family Members – Right Where They Are”.
Thinking about my mixed-faith family:
One of my focuses over the past few years has been on learning to soften my heart around all members of my mixed-faith family. Less criticism, less judgement, more patience with myself and them. My goal was to learn to love them exactly where they are. To have eyes to see the good in their lives. Observing the progress I’ve made brings internal peace, and I sincerely loved baby J’s dedication. Truly feeling only love and appreciation for being there.
It was beautiful how their congregation spent the first 10-15 minutes of their meeting standing on their feet, singing and worshiping Jesus. How warmly we were welcomed! How my daughter has been accepted and loved by her congregation! I loved how they have embraced my daughter and her baby’s dedication.
Finding common ground:
I am able to see all the good things that my daughter is experiencing in a different faith, and it feels really heart-warming. I continue to love my daughter and now have added respect for finding her community.
We have found common ground in our mixed-faith family, and it’s based on stronger unconditional love and respect for each other’s choices.
Feeling peace and love:
How are you doing with your mixed-faith family? Take a second to check in with your emotions. Do you feel peace and love towards them and their choices or do you feel worried and anxious?
If you feel worried about your spouse or child and the decisions they are making, I can help you see how YOU may be the one impacting your relationship. I can help you develop the skills needed to master your mixed-faith relationships.
Intentionally developing new skills and “muscles” for ourselves. Understanding that we aren’t responsible for choices our spouse or our child make. Appreciating that we are only responsible for how we respond to them.
I can help YOU learn the skills that lead to increased peace and love with all members of your family.