Friday, October 9, 2009

Rebuild Family Support System

Although there may be some people in your family who do not want to rebuild a relationship with you, do not let those people stop you from seeking out the rest of your family. You need their loving support.

Dr. Jim A. Talley suggests, "Go back to your parents and rebuild that initial relationship with your mother or father or a friend or grandparent. It takes time. I've encouraged a single mom to go to a family reunion all the way across the country with her son, to visit the family and introduce her child to the whole family structure that he's had no availability to because his father didn't want anything to do with her family.

"Constructing a family genealogy is another fun thing to do. That's an activity that forces you to increase your mental capacity because it's hard work. It doesn't allow you to spin in that pool of emotional pity all the time."

During divorce, the thought of working to rebuild relationships or going out of your way to do anything seems exhausting and impossible. You will not rebuild your life in a day or a week or even a year, but you can always take small steps forward. What step will you take today?

"Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you" (Mark 5:19).

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