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As I worked on myself to change my sexual interactions with my husband, I began to see him as a child of God, just like me—imperfect, sinful, with a hurting heart. The walls around the black hole of my heart began to thin and weaken, and the hurt began to escape. The pain and hopelessness drained from my heart, to be replaced by joy, contentment, and hope. Somewhere along the way from where I was to where I am now, I learned to forgive my husband.

Be Still | The Forgiven Wife

As I worked on myself to change my sexual interactions with my husband, I began to see him as a child of God, just like me—imperfect, sinful, with a hurting heart. The walls around the black hole of my heart began to thin and weaken, and the hurt began to escape. The pain and hopelessness drained from my heart, to be replaced by joy, contentment, and hope. Somewhere along the way from where I was to where I am now, I learned to forgive my husband.

Crossroads in marriage sometimes are obvious; other times we don't realize until after the fact that we made a decision that shaped the trajectory of our marriage. In the rawness of those moments, it isn't always easy to see where we are going. In this post I share parts of a message I wrote to Big Guy during one of those raw moments when I was approaching what would turn out to be a crossroads.

In the Raw | The Forgiven Wife

Crossroads in marriage sometimes are obvious; other times we don't realize until after the fact that we made a decision that shaped the trajectory of our marriage. In the rawness of those moments, it isn't always easy to see where we are going. In this post I share parts of a message I wrote to Big Guy during one of those raw moments when I was approaching what would turn out to be a crossroads.

How do you let go of hurt? It's easy to say, "Let go and let God." "Forgive your husband." "Forgive yourself." "Give it to God." It's easy to say those things, but it isn't so easy to do them. Healing is a process—and so is forgiving.

Holding On | The Forgiven Wife

How do you let go of hurt? It's easy to say, "Let go and let God." "Forgive your husband." "Forgive yourself." "Give it to God." It's easy to say those things, but it isn't so easy to do them. Healing is a process—and so is forgiving.

Aren't we supposed to be stronger? Isn't that the goal in marriage? It might be - but how we get there is important, and this might go against what you've been told. Vulnerability in marriage is the key to strength, and you'll be challenged in how vulnerability shows itself in marriage! #strongermarriage #bettermarriage #christianmarriage #marriage

The Strength of Vulnerability in Marriage

Aren't we supposed to be stronger? Isn't that the goal in marriage? It might be - but how we get there is important, and this might go against what you've been told. Vulnerability in marriage is the key to strength, and you'll be challenged in how vulnerability shows itself in marriage! #strongermarriage #bettermarriage #christianmarriage #marriage

If you feel like you're doing all you can to keep your head above water, this post is for you! #selfcare #marriage #divisionoflabor #christiancounseling

When You’re Carrying A Heavy Load

If you feel like you're doing all you can to keep your head above water, this post is for you! #selfcare #marriage #divisionoflabor #christiancounseling

What can you do when your needs are not being met? Rather than letting your needs and desires be lost in translation, help your husband decipher them and recognize his efforts to speak love in your language. Lost In Translation, Love Languages, Forgiveness, Marriage, Husband, Let It Be, Valentines Day Weddings, Mariage, My Husband

Help Your Husband Speak Love in Your Language | The Forgiven Wife

What can you do when your needs are not being met? Rather than letting your needs and desires be lost in translation, help your husband decipher them and recognize his efforts to speak love in your language.

You Don’t Have to be Lonely in Marriage - Marriage Confetti

You Don't Have to be Lonely in Marriage - Marriage Confetti

You don't have to be lonely in marriage. Guess what, though? If you are feeling lonely, it isn't entirely your spouse's fault.

Is reading sexually explicit romance novels good for your marriage? (Hint: the answer is no.) Is reading these books as bad as viewing porn? You deserve a marriage that has not been influenced by unrealistic expectations and arousal brought to you by fiction. Marriage Help, Marriage Advice, Book Boyfriends, Outlander Series, Historical Romance, Wedding Planning Tips, Romance Novels, Memoirs, Literature

As Bad as Porn? | The Forgiven Wife

Is reading sexually explicit romance novels good for your marriage? (Hint: the answer is no.) Is reading these books as bad as viewing porn?

Even though I'm still a sexual work in progress, I have experienced much healing in my marriage. Forgiveness, Marriage, Healing, Faith, Gifts, Valentines Day Weddings, Favors, Mariage, Therapy

The Gift of Healing | The Forgiven Wife

Even though I'm still a sexual work in progress, I have experienced much healing in my marriage.

Let these lovely links help you grow!

A Loveliness of Links ~ August 2020 | The Forgiven Wife

Let these lovely links help you grow!

Is setting boundaries selfish? Isn’t it better to be selfless? [Guest Post] - Leslie Vernick- Christ-Centered Counseling Marriage Issues, Marriage Problems, Relationship Topics, Setting Boundaries, Keep Trying, Selfish, Counseling, Behavior, Wellness

Is setting boundaries selfish? Isn’t it better to be selfless? [Guest Post] - Leslie Vernick- Christ

Morning friends, My colleague Allison Cook has written a great article on boundaries and whether or not they are selfish. I thought it would be helpful for my audience so I asked her if I could share it with you all. Question: Is setting boundaries selfish? Isn’t it better to be selfless? Answer: Whenever I […]

Praying as a couple can feel intimidating, but Beth and her husband Gary have discovered that it is like a dance that unites and draws you closer. Communication In Marriage, Intimacy In Marriage, Marriage Help, Marriage Humor, Love And Marriage, Marriage Prayer, Christian Wife, Christian Marriage, Christian Living

Get Past Awkwardness of Praying with Your Spouse

Praying as a couple can feel intimidating, but Beth and her husband Gary have discovered that it is like a dance that unites and draws you closer.

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Is It Okay to Give Up on Your Dreams? | To Love, Honor and Vacuum

Give up on your dreams - Is It Okay to Give Up on Your Dreams?

If you are unhappy, chances are that your husband is, too. And chances are that both of you need to make some changes. Stop waiting for your husband to take the first step. Someone needs to go first, and it might as well be you.

You Go First | The Forgiven Wife

If you are unhappy, chances are that your husband is, too. And chances are that both of you need to make some changes. Stop waiting for your husband to take the first step. Someone needs to go first, and it might as well be you.

I expected some things to improve when I began to work on sex—but there are some benefits that caught me by surprise.

Unexpected Benefits: 10 Years of Growth | The Forgiven Wife

I expected some things to improve when I began to work on sex—but there are some benefits that caught me by surprise.

When your efforts to grow cause you pain, it’s okay to stop and rest. I Love My Mother, Finding Jesus, Push Away, Christian Wife, Muscle Spasms, Seasons Of Life, New Thought, Marriage Advice, Make Time

Growing Pain | The Forgiven Wife

When your efforts to grow cause you pain, it’s okay to stop and rest.