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When Mother's Day Is Painful - Parental Estrangement

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This episode is for everyone who feels the ache of longing for a loving and nurturing mother but, for your mental health and healing, have had to create firm boundaries with your mother, potentially even eliminating contact with her entirely. No one makes this decision lightly or without pain. Bonnie Gray understands this grief, and all of the confusing emotions that can surface around Mother's Day. In this episode, she shares how God brought her from grief, to healing, and now, to celebration–not for the pain she experienced, but for what He is building and has built in her life today. 

(Scroll down for discussion/reflective questions.)

Resource Mentioned: "the Soul Care Quiz"

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Discussion/reflective questions:

  1. What resonated with you most in this episode?
  2. What emotions tend to arise for you around Mother's Day?
  3. How would you describe your relationship with you mom?
  4. How difficult is it for you to view your mother and your relationship with her "honestly"? 
  5. What are some ways you do or have allowed yourself to grieve the mother you don't have?
  6. How is God rewriting your story and breaking dysfunctional patterns?
  7. What is one thing God might be asking you to do having listened to this podcast? 






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