Several years ago I wrote this 3 part series: Making Peace with God. In my recovery process, I found that I needed to make peace with the God of my understanding before I could learn how to trust Him. At this time, I would like to share this series with you. I originally posted this 3 part series on July 14, 2007.
In my experience, I found that I needed to make peace with my past before I could make peace with God. In my experience, I found that I could not make peace with myself, before I made peace with a loving God. In this article series, I share what I discovered in my process of making peace with God.
Because I am going to be away from my desk until next Thursday, September 1st, I am going to publish the 3 parts of this series today. My encouragement to you is that you take the time to read each part of the series, as I develop the content of the article through each part of the series.
In my experience, I discovered that I was unable to get out of my way and out of God’s way until I made peace with Him and with myself. In my experience, I discovered that I needed to be at peace with God and myself before I could be of service to Him and to my fellows – without expectations.
My hope is– if you are not a peace with a loving God or with yourself – that as you read this series, you will find peace. Peace with a loving God and peace with your self – as I am growing in peace with a loving God and growing in peace with myself.
Making Peace with God – Part 1
Hi Friend. I am so glad to see that you made the decision to stop by and visit with me today. I look forward to your presence. You enhance my day and make me smile. In my recent posts I have been sharing a lot about faith. There was a time in my life that I toyed with a dualistic theology. Dualism essentially states that the mind and body function separately, the world is ruled by antagonistic forces or good and evil and that humans have two basic natures, the physical and the spiritual. (Definition provided by the free on-line Dictionary by Farlex) In this theological construct, I was beginning to believe that God was in some far off place undeterred by what was happening in my life. Consequently, I was going to have to figure life out by myself. Over time, my cynicism and doubt grew.
For many years of my life I lived in a state of shame. I believed that I did not just make mistakes, but that I was a mistake. At the core of my being I believed that I had to perform to be loved and if I did not measure up, I could not be loved. I believed that I had to justify my existence. I also believed that I had to fix people and situations before I could experience any emotional security.
For many years, I was criticized and berated by my Dad for not measuring up to his expectations. He frequently told me that I would never amount to anything while I was growing up. My Mom would frequently tell me to prove your Dad wrong. I believed I needed to be more than, rather than just am. As I grew older and attended college I found myself seeking out people like my Dad. My unconscious motive at the time was to appease surrogate Dad’s in order to prove that I was lovable. Nevertheless I continued to fail in my attempts to satisfy the expectations of those individuals.
Please read Part 2 of this article series by clicking on this link: Part 2
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