Bless those who grew up in a healthy family where everyone was loved and appreciated. Holidays are a joy, filled with warmth and wonderful surprises.
Unfortunately not all of us have experienced that and the holidays can be a very stressful time. Be aware of your husband’s and your family issues with the holidays approaching. Encourage each other and do what is best for your marriage relationship and family needs. Yes, you want to honor your parents and extended family, but not at the expense of anyone’s sanity and general well-being.
Prayerfully and gently set healthy boundaries in difficult relationships. Yes, you are likely to make someone unhappy, but a part of being a grown up is learning to deal with disappointments and not always getting your way. Relatives need to understand that your marriage and family are deeply important and something you are willing to guard. Time spent with them is dependent on how willing they are to respect boundaries and treat everyone reasonably.
That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong. William J. H. Boetcker
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Safe at Home has a lovely encouragement that could “add new life, strength and even healing to your relationship.” – Great Habits Make Great Marriages
One Child in Heaven – OneFleshMarriage shares the story of a couple who learned to walk in grace after the loss of a child. Very important message!
Be generous! Lori <><
47 days ’til Christmas!