Caution minefields!

Dr. Grant Mullen Churches and Leadership, I am significant, Live fearlessly, Moods, Relationships, Uncategorized 7 Comments

You can avoid minefields!

The Falkland Islands are a very remote group of tiny islands in the South Atlantic close to Antarctica.

There was a war there in 1982 which left large areas covered with land mines.

Seeing all the warning signs got me thinking about the land mines that we live with every day.

Click on the video and I’ll give you the secret to removing them.

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How have you removed emotional land mines from your life? Just leave your comments in the box below.

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Comments 7

  1. I read your book and it is bringing me a great awareness of emotional baggage. I am working on my masters degree thesis in pastoral care in a related area: a healing community that seeks healing holistically. Spirit, soul, mind and body healing through the discernment and wisdom of God’s principles of life management in His kingdom. I am from Argentina and these islands are very dear to us.

  2. Pablo, thanks for your note. I’m glad you find the book helpful. That’s a great topic for your thesis, it’s my passion too. We had a wonderful visit to Buenos Aires after stopping in the Malvinas!

  3. I want to thank you for all of the topics you cover in your ministry. I can relate to land mines very well. I think for myself there are land mines that still take me by surprise and affect my emotions and thoughts. Is it possible to rid yourself completely in this area or understanding the problem and dealing with it appropriately?

    I love your link and follow it every week.

    Blessings upon you & Kathy

  4. Margaret, glad you find our videos helpful. Yes we can remove the land mines as we unload our emotional baggage. We have to allow God to heal the wounds of our past and extract the lies that we believe.

  5. While I have been aware of them (landmines = emotional triggers), you explained it rather succinctly and in a way I needed to hear it.

    The truth is, I lived with someone’s landmines trying to love him. And he was a Christian from a very “upright solid” christian family. There were so many great and wonderful things about him and his family. I know I had my own baggage too. But, his reactivity and my more quiet sensitive ways became over time, my land mines. Preexisting mental health ??? conditions I believe on both sides did not help. Choose your flavour: ADD/ADHD, depression, LDs, PTSD/trauma, TBI. I became quite ill. It’s complicated.

    Enter medication. That was for me a fiery trial that nearly finished me.

    In an attempt to bring balance back (temporarily deal with my landmine = him and now myself), I ditched and ran (fight or flight = I had not the reserves to fight) with no idea that what I was doing was leaving my husband. At least, I suppose that is how it appeared.

    But in so doing, it seems gave him the notion to find someone else and apparently with his father’s blessing. For several years I was really not well.

    And I have been beyond devastated. I now have to fight for every shred of stability I can muster and it is only through God’s relentless love that I manage to walk any semblance of a straight line.

    God’s Word is true and we are to abide and walk in it for our own safety. No matter if you love someone or not. The book of Proverbs is in the Bible for a reason. “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, (or other blaring red flag) or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.” (NIV, Proverbs 22:24, 25) “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” (NIV, Proverbs 22:3)

    This is it simplified, but there was and there is nothing truly simple about it.

    I still hurt.

    I am trying to heal and deal with my landmines and brokenness before the Lord.

    On the bright side, my heavenly father has been wooing me with His love. He has brought two songs into my mind. They are on a flipping two-sided 45 LP loop recording.

    Even in our brokenness due to our own disobedience to His Word, He will do something beautiful in our life if we let Him. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

    My apologies for high-jacking your comments section, but I have the hugest lump in my throat. You could say in someways, your post set off a landmine. 🙂

  6. I am going through a difficult time emotionally right now. I know what it is, but I can’t figure out how to get out of it. As soon as I saw this video, I knew I had stepped on a land mine.
    At least I know what it is now. I’m feeling some relief here just knowing this.

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