Has the church said your marriage was designed to make you suffer? That if you divorce your abusive spouse, you’ll be excommunicated? Rebecca Davis helps us think about this from a different angle.
The only way out of hell is up a very hot ladder, and you need to be EMPOWERED to climb that ladder and get out. You need to be PREPARED with a working knowledge of every single hot rung you will have to endure on your way up and out.
He was a circus mirror, reflecting who she was through a twisted, distorted lens. It lied. To see herself truthfully, she would need to stop looking at herself in his mirror.
Emotional abuse kills you one nibble at a time. It’s not like physical abuse where a big shark comes up behind you and chomps off your leg. No, emotional abuse is more like a gnat bite. You can barely see the little bugger until you feel the bite. Just a tiny bite. No big deal.
A reader asks: “Does love really conquer all? How do we know when or if we should stop trying to love our abuser?”
Do you ever wonder if God is watching every decision you make, ready to “tsk tsk” if you go too far to the right or too far to the left? Do you worry you’ll get it wrong and end up on God’s B-plan? Or even worse?
It’s inevitable. People will disapprove of us at times. What is the secret to tolerating this uncomfortable feeling in order to stay true to ourselves?
How would you feel if you found out much of what you had been taught your entire life about marriage and male/female relationships was a lie?
Just because your voice doesn’t matter to one human being (or even several), doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. Here’s how to make it count!
Let’s pretend for a minute that your relationship is like a game of tennis. Can you visualize you and your partner on the tennis court? The game has just begun, and the ball is going back and forth. Back and forth.