In the last couple of weeks, two friends disclosed how their daughters, a junior in high school and a freshman in college, have 2015.012experienced various forms of teen dating violence. Verbal abuse, stalking, and controlling behavior. For one girl, the stalking and threats began in seventh grade.

Please read this post even if you don’t think it pertains to you. It will more than likely involve someone you know at some point in time – a daughter, a sister, a niece, a friend’s child or your grandchild.

Boundaries are important.

“You hem me in, behind and before and you lay your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:4

God is the author of boundaries. He creates them for our protection. As you grow in independence and develop relationships, it’s important you create healthy boundaries with people. Here are a few truths about boundaries.

  1. Boundaries define what your property is – physically, mentally and emotionally. It defines what is yours. You have control over your body, mind, and heart.
  2. Boundaries protect you. They keep the good in and the bad out. They establish the rules of the yard for your life and person. You have the right to say “No” to others who violate your boundaries. You have control over how others treat you physically, emotionally and mentally.
  3. You have control and choice over what boundaries you set. You deserve to be valued, respected and free to be yourself.
  4. In any relationship, you have the right to be treated with respect. In romantic relationships, this means your date or boyfriend: (read the rest of the post here)

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