The dynamics of our childhood – no choice

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By Dave Henning / November 23, 2020

“We didn’t get to choose the dynamics of our childhood or ask for the relational wounds we may have experienced.  This is one reasons I love to teach people about their WOT, their bodies, and how God will walk beside them on their journeys.  We have the power to change our future.”- Aundi Kolber

“You read my heart like an open book, and you know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence.  You know every step I will take before my journey begins.  You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past.  With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me.”- Psalm 139:35 (The Passion Translation)

Aundi Kolber concludes Chapter 4 of Try Softer as she counsels that God comes near when you’re open to Him and to the truth about yourself.  Above all, Aundi observes, when John the Baptist baptized Jesus. God affirmed Jesus’ value.  Even before Jesus accomplished anything in  His earthly ministry.

Thus, Aundi wonders what it would be like for you to believe that God thinks of you in the same way.  She writes:

“No matter how your day goes, what you do or don’t accomplish, where you fail or succeed, or how scared or overwhelmed you might feel, you would know that He is the One who lovingly watches out for you, who is delighted just to be near you.  That’s goodness embedded in your very existence, dear reader.”

Finally, Aundi notes that taking longer to inhale than exhale signals our nervous systems that we are safe.  And that helps us stay in our window of tolerance.  In addition, saying a breath prayer anchors and supports you as you breathe.  In fact, Richard Rohr states that saying the name of Yahweh seems to mimic our very breath:

“The one thing we do every moment of our lives is . . . to speak the name of God.  This makes it our first and last word as we enter and leave the world.”

Today’s question:  How does God walk with you through the dynamics of your childhood?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Ultimately a suffering servant = Jesus”

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