February 9-10, 2022
Guest: Dr. Sharon May
When your extended family gathers for Thanksgiving or Christmas, does it ever become tense or result in cross words or a heated argument at the dinner table? On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Sharon May explains that we each long to be loved and stay connected with our God-given family, despite the past disappointments we’ve endured. Because families can be messy, she recommends establishing healthy boundaries and following three keys: Choose to be self-reflective, speak with gentle honesty, and ask God to restore the peace.
God created families to be a safe haven from a dangerous world. But oftentimes, our families themselves are the source of emotional danger. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Sharon May explains that we all experience family disappointments on some level. If it’s not addressed, that pain and anguish can lead to greater discouragement. That, in turn, can lead to depression, estrangement or even despair. As time passes, even as mature adults, we can feel lost and unseen in our families, which can prompt angry outbursts. Unless there’s abuse, Dr. May counsels against cutting off family members. In every situation, she recommends open communication and healthy boundaries.
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