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.
Whether or not you broke up with your boyfriend because of money, you may not be prepared for the financial stress a breakup brings. Maybe you loaned your boyfriend money and he hasn’t repaid you. Maybe you owe your husband money for college tuition, credit card payments, mortgage payments, child support or alimony.
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.
Are you picking up on signs he doesn't love you anymore? Maybe your boyfriend doesn't listen to you or your husband hasn't "dated" you for years. These eight signs he doesn't love you will help you see your relationship more clearly. If his feelings for you have changed, it's time to think about how your relationship may have to change, too.
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.
Does your separated husband still love you? How do you know your marriage is over? These signs a marriage is over will help you see yourself - and your husband - more clearly. You may not be headed for divorce court, so take heart! Even the healthiest relationships hit rock bottom sometimes.
Here's a smart way to cope with feeling neglected and lonely because your boyfriend doesn't spend time with you: push the "pause" button. You don't have to break up with him or even talk about pausing your relationship. Nor should you ever beg or threaten your boyfriend was ways to get him to spend more time with you.
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?
Learning about this type of relationship style will help you answer one of the most difficult questions of your life: “Why did my boyfriend cheat… Read More »Why Your Boyfriend Cheated: A Relationship Style That Leads to Affairs
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.
If you grew up wanting to get married, you may be struggling to cope with sadness and grief now – especially if you believe you’ll… Read More »Are You Sad Because You Never Got Married?
No matter how long you prepared for the breakup, you'll still deal with guilty feelings. After all, you broke up with someone you once loved...and perhaps still do. But no matter what the circumstances of the breakup were, you must remember that guilt will eat you away and destroy your life if you let it fester and grow.
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.
Giving the silent treatment is one of the most common ways to avoid conflict in a relationship. Dealing with the silent treatment in marriage or any relationship is difficult because of its very nature! When your husband or boyfriend doesn't want to talk to you, how do you solve the problem?
If you ignore these warning signs of bad relationships, you set yourself up for heartbreak and pain. It's hard to accept your relationship isn't healthy...but the sooner you face the truth, the more quickly you can move forward in your relationship and life.
When was the last time your heart was changed by something you saw, did, or felt? Maybe your heart was warmed when a friend called unexpectedly or a stranger helped you push a heavy shopping cart through a snowy parking lot. Maybe your heart was softened by a baby’s big eyes and smile, or lightened by a glimpse of God’s glory in a sunrise, burst of laughter, or sweet taste of strawberries.
Remember when keeping secrets was something to admire? When you were a kid, you learned that keeping secrets—especially about birthdays, school events, surprise parties and plans—was good. As an adult, keeping secrets can backfire. Especially if your secrets are dark, harmful, and holding you back.
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!
I once found those kind of mistakes — though they were small and not terrible in the grand scheme of things — difficult to live with. I didn’t know how to make peace with myself, much less forgive myself.
Your heart not only changes everything, it can be can be your biggest enemy. That’s why Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Are you tired of beating yourself up, of wishing you were better, stronger, smarter or happier? It's time to see yourself with fresh new eyes - and to Blossom into who God created you to be.
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.
What was the last leap of faith you took? I bet you were scared. Maybe you’re taking a leap of faith right now. You’re starting a new season of life in a new job or at a new school or with a new partner. Maybe you’re learning how to live without someone you love, or you’re slowly letting go of a dear friend and companion.
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.
Strong Biblical women used different strategies to succeed — and we can learn success tips from every one of them. These seven female Bible heroes are Eve, Naomi, Ruth, Esther, Mary, Martha, and Mary of Nazarene.
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.
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God’s eyes.
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Before we talk about nourishing hope and faith — which can be hard in the holiday season — I have a Public Service Announcement about… Read More »The Secret to Keeping Your Hope Alive – Blossom Tip 63