Handling Loss and Grief
Living Free Every Day
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
Thoughts for Today
Emotional divorce starts when a couple begins withholding affection from each other. Communication becomes negative or nonexistent. Life seeps out of the marriage.
If you are struggling in this kind of a marriage relationship, you may see no way out except divorce. But don't give upand don't try to figure things out on your own. Trust God to show you the way. Don't focus on how you want your spouse to changeask God what you can do. How can you open the doors of communication?
Although it can help to talk to someone, use wisdom in discussing your problems with friends and family. Well-meaning people can create more confusion in your mind with negative comments and adviceand taking sides. If possible, talk to your pastor or to a Christian counselor. If your spouse will go with you, all the better.
If physical abuse is present, do not hesitate to take steps to get yourself and your children to a safe place.
Always remember that God loves you, your spouse, and your children. He wants what is best for everyoneand only He knows what is best. In The Amplified Bible, today's scripture says this:
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Don't rely on your own insight or understanding. Open your heart to God's direction. Lean on, trust in, and be confident in Him. Seek His plan through the Bible, through prayer, and through mature Christian counseling. And then follow His plan, step-by-step. He loves you and He knows the way.
Father, I don't know what to do. My marriage is falling apart. My spouse and I shout at each other or don't speak at all. It seems no love remains. I don't know the answerbut I believe you do. I believe that you want us to stay together. Show me what I should do, and give me the strength to do it. In Jesus' name
These thoughts were drawn from
Handling Loss and Grief: How to Face Losses in Life and Grieve Christianly by Raymond T. Brock, Ed.D. This study teaches participants what the Bible has to say about handling the losses of life. It offers biblical coping methods for facing loss.
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