To be a dysfunctional family has a lot of perils. It is advisable to do as much as you can to recover from a dysfunctional family and move forward.
What to do to Move on from a Dysfunctional Family:
- Be patient with yourself grieving the past.
- Let go of your need to be in control.
- Make Jesus the priority in your heart.
- Thank God for your past.
- Give attention to how you responded to your circumstances as a child. Were you the responsible, rebellious, reclusive, or the restless child? The way you act now may have something to do with what happened to you as a child. “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.” (Proverbs 18:15)
- Give thought to your present dysfunctional characteristics. Pray for God to reveal your weaknesses. Ask Him for wisdom to understand how to change. Pray that you will draw on Christ, who is your strength, to make changes. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23–24)
- Give consideration to your God-given rights. You have the right to obey God rather than others. You have the right to a clear conscience. You have the right to follow the Word of God. You have the right to live in your God-appointed role. “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29)