A foundation of faith allows you to know who you are apart from what you do, your circumstances and your environment. When life does not work, faith gives you hope for change. The study highlighted that those who believed in God likewise believed the treatment would help them according to psychologist Dr. David Rosmarin, director for the Center of Anxiety in New York.
Many people seek help for emotional challenges only to find substantial change elusive. Religious stability can bridge the knowledge you learn in counseling to life application so you can see tangle, lasting results.
The following are a few of the positive outcomes you can experience:
You stop manipulating: Love should not be enabling bad behavior from those closest to you. Love should not be "fixing" your significant other or trying to shape them to the person you feel is best suited for your needs. Love is not ignoring abuse or addictions in others. Love is not pretending family problems will go away on their own. With faith as your foundation, you can learn what is really love and how to love. It does require bravery to be vulnerable in relationships and it is only through God’s love that you can let down the defense mechanisms you constructed to prevent anyone from hurting you for good.
You establish healthy relationship boundaries: Faith gives you the initiative to let go of trying to control other people and situations. Life gives you a daily choice to embrace a new way of thinking and relating without giving into the pressure to conform to an old standard which led to heartbreak, loss and misery. It is important to take responsibility for your life, setting limits with others so you can establish emotionally healthy connections, instead of living emotionally drained by assuming roles that are not your own.
Your new normal is emotionally healthy: The foundation of believing in God gives you clarity about past relationship patterns and how those familiar yet ultimately destructive ways of communicating will not lead you to the true desires of your heart. Instead of passively allowing the wrong type of person in your love life, you will know what emotionally healthy relationships look and feel like. You will proactively choose a better road.
It is faith that enables you to embrace and stick with a plan to replace former patterns with new thoughts and actions. You will be transformed by the renewing of your mind and heart through faith in God.
Nancy Pina is a highly recognized author, relationship coach and speaker. She is dedicated to helping individuals attract emotionally healthy relationships through her practical, Christian-based advice. Visit here for articles, exercises, coaching options and recent books. Please subscribe to receive a complimentary report, Is He The Right One.