What Is Holding You Back?

What Is Holding You Back?

“Shake yourself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.” –  Isaiah 52:2

Your purpose in life is met when your spirit is free.

What holds you back? What frustrates you? What keeps repeating? Where do you always find a roadblock?
Make a list.

There are chains when we are caught in wrong emotions, when we can’t seem to find peace, when there’s constant fretting, when there are habits and addictions. We’re in bondage when we are obsessed with anyone or anything.

List negative traits in your life and lineage and then simply don’t repeat them. Only in freedom can you get back to who you really are. Where there is sin, repent; where bitterness has taken root, forgive; where there are poor examples (and bad traditions) start fresh.

What’s the most hurtful emotion or habit you have? Anger? Unforgiveness? Antagonism? Hostility? Impatience? Guilt?

No matter how trapped you are, know this: there is always an exit.

God is in the business of breaking chains…

What chains are in your life? In your family’s?  Why not list them. Why not plead the blood of Jesus to break them when the priest elevates the mighty chalise? #Eucharist

God’s love heals and breaks every chain. The prison door is open. You are free!

#ProsperInAllThings  #TurningPoint #HealingGrace  #Freedom #Direction #PersonalDefect #Bondage #Liberty #BreakOutIntoTheNew #HealingMercy


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Someone asked me what the biggest cause of family problems is. I replied, LACK OF FAMILY VALUES. It’s not that people don’t know what is important, but those things are not important enough to drive their decisions and actions. Each family needs a set of life principles that guide and motivate their actions and those they influence.

How can we use values to add purpose to our lives and drive us and our children toward the greatest opportunity for fulfillment?

Is your marriage driven by values? Values start with marriage, the most important relationship in our lives. This is the foundation of the family.

How about your parenting style? Is it driven by values? Once the marriage value is set, it’s far easier to set parenting values.

I’m not going to say what each value should be…that’s your job. I will say that it must be a driving value. For example, it’s far easier to insist on honesty in your children if honesty is a value in your family that’s important enough to drive behaviour. So dishonesty would never be tolerated or rewarded.

True values drive behaviour. Don’t set a value that you are not willing to consistently practice. Once your values are set and consistently practiced, there will be little need for bickering and negotiation between parent and child.

Some ideas of values you might want to adopt to drive your family in addition to honesty are respect for others, respect for self, personal responsibility, productivity, protection of family members, mercy, education, etc.

Once you’ve set the values you want for your family, define those values so everyone understands them. Consider ways to explain your driving values and to reward and punish behaviour using the values. Some people post their driving values and definitions on the wall so they can use them to teach the kids, reinforcing the right behaviour and reason for the behaviour all at once. At the right age, you can start asking the kids to tell you what value applies to a given situation…even what your answer to their request should be based on the values. If you spend serious hours thinking through and developing your driving values, they will begin to drive the family so you don’t have to.

A values driven family is all about setting examples. “Do what I’m doing and you’ll be fine.” This is the signal your every action sends your children. Values driven parents live by the values they set for their children, because they value their children enough to avoid confusing them by doing one thing and saying another.

Quotes on Family Values:
”To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons”. – Marilyn French

“Home is the place where boys and girls first learn how to limit their wishes, abide by rules, and consider the rights and needs of others”.- Sidonie Gruenberg

“Govern a family as you would cook a small fish – very gently” – Chinese Proverb


There is an appropriate time for everything, the unpleasant as well as pleasant experiences.

This is not merely a description of what happens in life; it is a description of what God sends.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

If we were given the right to plan our lives we would have no unpleasantness at all. But that would ruin us. God knows that people who are protected from everything almost invariably end up being impossible to live with; they are selfish, cruel, vicious, shallow, and unprincipled. God sends these things in order that we might be taught.

There is a time for everything.

Are we learning to see God’s wise direction and providence in the contrasting experiences of our lives?
If we were in charge would the result be wholeness and joy?

Live in the beauty of your current season.


The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open. – Arnold Glasgow, American humorist

Many of us are impatient at times. Losing control of our patience hurts not only us, but those around us. Impatience raises our stress level and can even cause physical harm to our bodies. Being impatient can also damage relationships.

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

What types of people/things annoy you? Why?

Most people find it very hard to be patient? How do you manage them?

Ask your family, friends, and co-workers about your impatience. Chances are that they know what gets you “wound up”.

Who is a good role model for patience? Why?

Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.

Now exercise sincere patience with everyone you meet.