The Relate Women Empowerment Program
It’s a new season of change… and I’m discovering things about myself that have surprised me. As it turns out, this course is hitting some serious nails on the head for me, we can all learn how to set better boundaries not just for others but for ourselves too.
I attend the weekly women’s meeting at Relate Church called “Relate Women“. I’ve been at my church for 14 years now but I’m just going regularly to “Relate Women” and I’m in my third year of attending faithfully each week.
So far we are already half way through the course.
Each week we worship and then we split up into our classes which I love.
The lady in the picture with me is truly my best friend Cherry, we can chat for hours on end and still keep going. I love her to bits and I’m so thankful she’s in my life. We have very similar personalities and smooth each other out pretty good.
A Course On Boundaries
Boundary – a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line.
We’re enrolled in a 7 week course on boundaries and I’m excited to see what all comes out of it. I’m learning that it’s our own responsibility to set boundaries in our lives whether it’s a boundary for someone in your life or a boundary you need to set for yourself. Boundaries are healthy for you and for the people around you but you need to be very clear as to exactly where the boundary sits for you.
Boundaries are like guard rails for your life and they are there to protect you, it’s important that you have a safe place for your life. We get to choose what boundaries we are comfortable with and how we will respond if those boundaries are crossed.
The biggest boundaries right now are ones that I’m setting for myself and being a little more strict on myself to follow through with my business so I see results in a new way, not the old “workaholic” format I’ve lived for so many years.
I have also learned the type of “boundary problems” I personally have and it’s pretty enlightening to see it all laid out in black and white text. I won’t share exactly what it is but the basic is that I set too many boundaries around my life so I’m learning to release the silly ones.
Staying Focused & In His Word
I am involved in many church activities now, meeting lots of new friends and staying focused on all the beauty I can grab in each day.
This is all also giving space for my heart to heal.
I started writing stories from my heart which I will post on the site here and pursuing more of God in my life every single day.
Boundaries are so much more than saying “yes” or “no”, it’s taking a personal interest in how precious you are to God and how He will lead you to every good and healthy choice in life. It’s owning our thoughts and communicating our feelings and staying in a healthy emotional response.
I’ve been doing this in my life over the last few years and have really grown with it all. I absolutely love being part of this course and discovering more about how I can apply this to my life.
P.S. I’ll be sure to share more of the process as I go along but for now I have homework 🙂 You should come join us!
O Lord, you have searched me and known me
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God
How vast is the sum of them
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me
They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart
Try me and know my thoughts
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting