5 Resources to Promote Healing after Divorce

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Divorce hurts. I don’t have to tell you that if you’ve been through it or know someone who has. Perhaps you’ve been affected by divorce because a loved one or family member who struggled through their marriage and legally ended it. Maybe you’ve suffered through it yourself. As I write this post, I have a backlog of email in my inbox from readers; many of which address issues of family struggles, especially including divorce.

I’ve shared with you that almost 15 years ago, my marriage with my first husband ended in divorce. As one of the most difficult periods in my life, I’ve never forgotten how much I needed support to figure things out and understand God’s plan for me. I’m not here to point fingers or delve into all the reasons that divorce happens or preach about my personal beliefs on the issue. I simply wanted to describe a few ideas- 5 resources to promote healing after divorce. These opportunities are ones I would have loved to have when I was struggling all those years ago. And some of them I just don’t know what I would have done without.

1. DivorceCare Classes

My church offers a divorce care class one evening a week at the church for 13 weeks. There is a small fee for the book, but scholarships are available to assist in covering that fee. If you or someone you know is in need of someone to walk alongside you through this crazy hard time, then you can find a class through the DivorceCare website by entering your zip code. You can also contact your local church to see what classes they offer. Some Divorce Care classes include a special class for children affected by divorce; be sure to ask for availability in your area. The DivorceCare website includes information by zip code for classes for children.

2. Focus on the Family and Counseling Services

Focus on the Family has a wonderful library of articles and .pdf’s for those who are going through or have gone through divorce. Biblical counseling can be so very helpful and supportive during or post marriage struggles. I strongly suggest that you first contact your local church for counseling, but I understand that some of you may not have counseling services available to you through your church for various reasons. Focus on the Family has an incredible tool called the Counselor Locator. Their network may help you find just the counselor God has for you during this tough time.  They also offer a free service to speak to a Focus on the Family marital counselor and you can submit an online request for this service. Check it out here.

3.When Happily Ever After Shatters: Seeing God in the Midst of Divorce & Single Parenting

If you feel really alone, can’t reach out for person-to-person help and need to get to the point to where you can even discuss the difficulties of divorce, then this book is a great tool to help you begin to find the words you need.

4. Finding Hope After Divorce (40-Minute Bible Studies)

Recently I’ve been introduced to Kay Arthur’s 40 minute Bible studies and this very helpful book, Finding Hope After Divorce, is one of the studies in the series. These 6 week, no-homework Bible study is a great tool for those who have gone through divorce. This study is one I definitely wish I would have had those many years ago when I went through divorce; Kay has experienced the first-hand devastation that accompanies divorce. She presents God’s promises of healing beautifully and I can’t recommend this resource enough.

5. Read the book of Psalms.

Without attending church weekly and reading the book of Psalms day after day, I don’t know how I would have ever realized God’s love for me and his plan for my life in spite of messy mistakes. His never-fail plan of redemption is beyond our scope of imagination. Trust him. He hates divorce because of the pain it causes, but one has never gone too far to be used by him. As the Healer and Redeemer, he simply wants us to trust him.

I’m working on my individual replies to emails, so if you’ve sent one, please know I will get to you! In the mean time, prayers for you and seek him. He promises to show up. Right there in front of you.

Rachel

 

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Free New Ebook Release Marriage Hacks

Marriage is an increasingly unnatural and confusing thing for most couples today. In light of this, Tyler Ward—author of Marriage Rebranded—recently asked 25 leaders for their single best marriage advice for young people. The level of insight and wisdom he received—compiled in the free eBook Marriage Hacks—is guaranteed to help many navigate this uniquely beautiful relationship called marriage.

I am honored to have been one of the leaders Tyler interviewed for Marriage Hacks and excited to share this incredible new resource with you!

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Marriage Hacks is a compilation of the best marriage advice for young people from 25 leaders including:

  • Gary Chapman, The 5 Love Languages
  • William Paul Young of The Shack
  • Gary Thomas of Sacred Marriage
  • Danny Silk, Keep Your Love On
  • Jeremy Cowart, Celebrity Photographer
  • Jonathan Jackson, Emmy-Award-Winning Actor
  • And many more…

The book speaks to some of the most common questions in marriage including…

  • how to keep things from never going stale
  • how to handle personality differences
  • how to cultivate emotional intimacy
  • how to spice things up in the bedroom
  • what to do when your spouse isn’t as intentional in your relationship as you are
  • and more…

Marriage Hacks is for those of us that could use a little help in navigating this unique practice.

If marriage is hard for you at the moment, this read will simply comfort you to know you’re not alone. If marriage is amazing and fruitful, it will help you sustain. If marriage is confusing, it will offer some insight on this unique union. If marriage feels pointless, it will add purpose and depth.

Be sure to get your FREE copy by clicking above on the “FREE Download” button! Have a great Thursday!

Rachel

 

6 Beautiful Wedding Gift Ideas for Christian Couples

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The summer brings beautiful flowers, fresh breezes, and…. weddings! Weddings are a wonderful time to bless a new couple with long-lasting memories AND a few treasures. I think it is an extra touch to provide gifts that speak love and commitment into the lives of those receiving them. Today I wanted to share 6 cool wedding gift ideas for Christian couples.

I’ll start with one of my very favorites!

1.The Mr. and Mrs. Collection at Dayspring.

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You know I love my coffee and there is just something super sweet about drinking coffee with my man when we use our Mr. and Mrs. mugs. Maybe because we don’t get to use them together except about once a week or so. Regardless, these mugs are one of my favorites to give as a wedding gift. You can tuck in a pound of gourmet coffee OR purchase the larger gift set, which is 20% off as of this writing. Find it here.

 2. Wise Decor Wall Decals

Did you see the new wall decal from Wise Decor that my hubby put up for our anniversary?

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Wise Decor has an incredible selection of romantic and wedding sayings. Or if you don’t feel confident of the taste in selection, perhaps you could inquire as to the couple’s favorite verses and go with a decal for the living room or hallway. I love that Wise Decor decals remove easily without destroying paint, which makes them a great decorative option for even apartments or condos.

3. Love Your Husband/Wife tees

Give your newly-married friends the opportunity to wear their love proudly with these cute tees:

ThisWear is serviced by Amazon and they have many styles and colors to choose from on these super cute “I love…” tees. You can click on the graphics or HERE to check them out.

Also, my friend, Jennifer, from Unveiled Wife, has some really cute “I love…” shirts available to order. They look like this:
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4.FamilyLife Marriage Bible


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If I could only choose one book for a newly-married couple, it is this one, the FamilyLife Marriage Bible. With a gorgeous cover, this Bible is the ideal tool for couples to begin their marriage. With articles and insights by Dennis and Barbara Rainey, The FamilyLife Marriage Bible covers many of the issues facing husbands and wives: resolving conflict, communicating effectively, raising Godly children, rekindling romance together, loving difficult family members well, and more. My favorite feature is the 30 Days with Jesus Bible Reading Plan. What a great way to start a marriage- by reading the Bible together!

And if I could only suggest one more book for a newly-married couple, it would be this book, Love and Respect.

5. Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs

 

This book would be a wonderful gift to pair with the shirts or with a gift card to the couple’s favorite store.

6. Mr. and Mrs. Marital Advice Wooden Wall Plaque

There’s nothing like a visual reminder to love one another and this wall plaque is super cute.

Alright, which one is your favorite? It’s hard to choose just one, isn’t it? But I’d love to know which is your favorite and why if you’ll leave it in the comments today and in the mean time, have a terrific Tuesday!

Rachel

 

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