Sunday, September 6, 2020

Journaling through the Bible: Joseph and Boundaries

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I have always enjoyed the story of Joseph from the Old Testament. Perhaps it was because I was able to connect with his story because of the musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, or it might be because I love to read and study about Ancient Egypt. I found an even deeper appreciation after reading Healing Family Relationships by Rob Rienow. (I reviewed the book here.)

Text: Joseph and Boundaries: Journaling through the Bible; A Mom's Quest to TeachThe story of Joseph is one where we see how God can use circumstances – even really awful ones – for His own purpose. Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers. The family that was supposed to love him turned on him. I can't help but wonder how I would react to the circumstances Joseph faced. Would I be able to set appropriate boundaries and let my family back in if they had learned from their mistakes and were truly repentant? I pray that I have the compassion and wisdom to make decisions such as these.

God loves me – no matter how many times I make mistakes, no matter how many times I sin. Can I still love my family even when they make mistakes against me? God shows me the way. 

I love how new books, like my opportunity to read and review Healing Family Relationships, have allowed me to look at a favorite Bible story again. I have shared it with our children while using Bible Study Guide for All Ages (Reviewing Bible Study Guide for All Ages) as well as when we were reading through the various children's Bibles we own. I look forward to reading the story of Joseph each time I read through the Bible. Now I have a new perspective on an amazing Bible story.

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  1. That question about forgiving our family is huge. I have learned that, yes, I can forgive, but it doesn't give approval to how I was treated. I also have learned that, in my heart, forgiveness doesn't mean I have to trust them again or allow them in my life again. I'm still growing, but, for now, this is how I am dealing with very painful betrayals by a family member.
    The way I handle pain/betrayal is not necessarily written in stone. As I grow and mature, so do my actions. May the Lord guide us!

  2. I think it’s about forgiveness. The book sounds like an interesting read. I’m not sure I could forgive such betrayal.