Word 4U Today

Together

Together

Amy Simpson says:

‘When our children were four and six, I discovered I was…pregnant. Two weeks later I miscarried, sending us on an emotional roller coaster…While I recuperated, my husband held up wonderfully, but as soon as I was physically well, the loss hit him…He was withdrawn…didn’t want to visit family…he just wanted to be home, [whereas]…I wanted to forget…move on…be around people.’

Amy talked about the partnership in marriage, but it also applies to your loved ones, your family.

When you and your loved ones face something that affects you in different ways, how do you cope?

1) Tell them what you need. Sometimes emotions are so overwhelming you don’t know what you need. Do you need space? Do you want to talk? Do you want to be around people or be alone? Listen to your loved ones’ feelings. Each member of the family may have very different needs.

2) Deal with the core issue. Talk about it! Find out why. Listen.

3) Be willing to compromise.

4) Get help. Sometimes there’s no way to compromise. Maybe then it’s time to find a counselor or a Christian friend who can temporarily fill the gap. Having others pray with and for you makes a huge difference. The important thing is, you do it together.

Verse of the Day

‘Two people are better off than one…If one…falls, the other can reach out and help…’  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT

Joy Ferdiz

January 20th, 2014

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