These 10 ways to help a husband who drinks too much are partly based on my work in a residential recovery program with men who are alcoholics and drug addicts. I was also inspired to write this article by a reader, who is searching for ways to cope with her alcoholic husband.
How do you tell your ex you miss him more than you thought possible? First, make sure you should tell him how much you miss him. After a breakup it's easy to fall into the trap of believing you belong together.
Are you dreading your birthday? Maybe you broke up with someone you love and you’re wondering how to survive the heartache. Having a happy birthday after a breakup seems impossible….but what if you can be happier on your birthday?
He tells you he loves you, yet you feel anxious and insecure. How do you overcome insecurity in a relationship with someone you love -- and may even be married to? These five things to remember will help you feel more secure and grounded in your relationship.
Maybe you want to move in with your boyfriend, or borrow his dog for a jog. Maybe you want to ask your boyfriend to marry you, or to move his junk out of your apartment. How do you ask your boyfriend for what you want? It’s not easy to express your desires, say what you need, or ask for help…especially to a guy you love and want to be loved by.
You’re a Christian wife who wants to follow Jesus, but your husband doesn’t believe in God. How do you share your faith with your husband peacefully, without forcing conversations or conversions? Even more importantly, how do you stop your marriage from weakening your faith and bringing you down spiritually?
Should you date a man - or stay with a boyfriend - who doesn’t believe in God? Or maybe he's a "non Christian" (a man who says he believes but doesn't live in faith). These nine dating tips for Christian women will help you handle your relationship with a non Christian (or "non Christian") man.
No matter how many times your friends and family tell you how much they love you, all you think is “I don’t feel good enough to be loved.” You’ve read articles on how to increase your feelings of self-worth, you listened to your counselor’s tips on how to feel good enough for love, and you’ve even asked God to help you feel better about yourself.
You love your boyfriend, but he stopped making an effort in your relationship. You're starting to wonder about his feelings for you, and perhaps even worry that he no longer loves you the way he used to.
He texted all the time at the beginning of your relationship. Now, your boyfriend is sending fewer text messages - and they aren't as loving, fun or sexy. Did your boyfriend lose interest? Why isn't he sending as many text messages? Most importantly, what should you do?
If your boyfriend says you're smothering him emotionally - or if you suspect you are - these tips will help you see your relationship more clearly. You'll learn how dangerous emotional suffocation can be and how to stop smothering your boyfriend.
Your husband is still working with the woman he had an affair with - which means he sees his "ex affair partner" every day. Of course you feel jealous and insecure! You know your husband loves you, but what if he's still emotionally attached or physically attracted to the other woman?
Love is powerful..but is the power of love strong enough to save a relationship that is failing? It depends how you – and your boyfriend… Read More »Is Love Powerful Enough to Save Your Relationship?
Sometimes you know for sure it's time to break up, and sometimes you're more confused than ever. These tips will help you know if it's time that you and your boyfriend broke up. You'll also learn how to cope with a breakup, and heal the hurt your heart will inevitably face.
When you date a guy with an ex-wife from his previous marriage, you're "dating" his whole family. Sometimes your boyfriend's ex-wife is lovely...and sometimes she's not. These six tips for dealing with your boyfriend's ex-wife won't solve all your problems, but they will help you see your relationship in a new light.
Maybe all you can think is “I miss my husband” - and sometimes you even feel silly because you miss him so much! I don't know exactly how you feel, but I know what it's like to miss someone so much it feels like you're missing a piece of yourself.
Coping with moodiness, bloat and tenderness caused by premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a pain - but it's even worse when PMS symptoms cause problems in your relationship with your boyfriend or husband! My emotional and physical health tips will help stop PMS problems from ruining your relationship.
You love your boyfriend, but his mother...yikes! How do you cope when all you can think is, "I hate my boyfriend's mom"? Here's how to stop your boyfriend's mother from causing problems and ruining your relationship with the man you love.
Usually I write serious stuff. Practical tips, encouragement, information, and sometimes even exhortation to take responsibility for your life and choose to grow forward — even in an unwanted, unexpected season of life. Put on your big girl pants and blossom!
Blossoming into who God created you to be — acrobat or blogger, cardiologist or gardener — takes time. Patience. Nurturing, growing, learning, and taking little… Read More »Blossoming Into Your Calling – Blossom Tip 76
Leaving home is a huge life transition for anyone; helping a teen age out of foster care is particularly problematic! My tips on how to help a teenager move out of foster care are inspired by a question I received from Christina Dronen, a foster parent and teen advocate.
Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good is one of the first books I’ve been assigned to read (I just started my Master of Divinity degree at Regent College in Vancouver, BC — though I think it should be called a “Servant of Divinity”! Not sure I’ll ever be equipped to master divinity, no matter how good the professors are).
One of the best ways to let go of your old doubts, fears and problems is to find someone new to talk to. Someone who doesn’t know the “old you”, someone who will encourage you to change and grow. A Blossom Pen Pal is a friend who will encourage you to blossom in a new season of life!
It’s ironic, isn’t it? You need friends more than ever when your heart is broken. And yet it’s harder than ever to make new friends after a breakup, divorce, or death. You’re brokenhearted, sad, unmotivated, and tired. You may even feel worthless, unlovable, and empty.
What new season is unfolding in your life? Maybe you’re walking into something unknown — a fresh semester at school, different routine at work, unfamiliar rhythm at home — and you don’t know what to expect. Maybe you’re grieving a loss, saying goodbye to an old friend, letting go of unaccomplished goals.
Seven years ago — after my husband and I discovered we can’t have kids — I applied to be a volunteer mentor with Big Sisters/Big… Read More »5 Things I Learned From My Muslim Little Sister
Join me in congratulating Holly, Judy, Gina, Jean, and Julie! They each won a free copy of Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back by entering my Free Book Give-Away for She Blossoms Readers – Blossom Tip 64.
When I travel — like now in Portugal — I pack light. Wearing the same clothes doesn’t bother me the way it used to. This… Read More »How to Keep Going When Life is Hard – Blossom Tip 59
Greetings from Tomar, Portugal! Earlier today I explored the Convento de Cristo — a 12th-century castle that was formerly a Knights Templar, monastery, and convent.… Read More »How to Always Be Happy – Blossom Tip 58
What’s the longest you’ve waited for something? Maybe it was an hour for a bus, or a week for test results. Maybe it was a… Read More »What to Do While You’re Waiting – Blossom Tip 57