The "Living Together" Option

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Faith@Home Pointer Card The Living Together Option

From Kurt Bruner, Pastor of Spiritual Formation

Prior to the 1970s it was rare for an unmarried man and woman to live together. Today it is much more common, accepted as an important “next step” for couples before committing to marriage. We often assume living together can help us avoid making a mistake that could lead to a painful divorce. But is that assumption correct? How should a follower of Jesus Christ view the living together option?

The Research
Over 75% of young single adults include marriage as a significant life goal. Couples who move in together, however, actually decrease the possibility of creating a strong marriage. The divorce rate among those who live together before marriage is 50% higher than it is among couples who don't. Extensive research conducted by University professor and psychologist Dr. Scott Stanley revealed that couples who live together undermine a strong bond by trying to keep their options open. While many of these couples eventually slide into marriage, their relationships demonstrate the lowest marital satisfaction and survival rates and report higher rates of domestic violence and unfaithfulness. When a cohabiting woman becomes pregnant there is a high probability the man will end the relationship within two years. Three-quarters of children born to unmarried couples will see their parents split-up before the child turns sixteen, dramatically higher than the one-third born to married parents. These children are also much more likely to experience abuse. The overwhelming conclusion of most research suggests that if your long-term goal is a happy marriage and family, living together is not the best path.

The Design
Christianity teaches that God designed physical intimacy to occur exclusively within the sacred commitment of marriage where the powerful bonding effects of sexuality draw a couple closer together. Outside of marriage, however, the bonding nature of sex confuses the relationship by implying a commitment that has not been made. Despite trying to avoid the pain of divorce, a breakup after sexual union creates similar emotional trauma. Trusting God’s design and obeying his call to honor marriage (Hebrews 13:4) and to avoid sexual immorality (Ephesians 5:3) not only draws us into closer relationship with Him, but it brings clarity rather than uncertainty with one another.

The Church
Many couples first question the option of living together while exploring Christian faith or local church membership. This church would love to become a resource for clarity and health in your relationship because we believe marriage is a God-ordained, sacred institution. The Bible describes the marital bond as a picture of the love between God and his people (Ephesians 5:31-33). It is much easier to nurture a strong marriage while learning and growing with other believers—especially those who are a little further down the road. Couples who have been married for a while can provide guidance and input as you make decisions about romance and marriage. They can also serve as models, which is particularly helpful to those with parents who divorced or never married. Christian counselors and church leaders can also help you determine if you are ready to shift into pre-marital counseling or if you need to re-evaluate a potentially harmful relationship. In either case, we encourage you to seek wise counsel as you pursue a God-honoring marriage and family life.

GOING FURTHER – Resources

Before You Live Together (by Dave Gudgel) a short book full of helpful insight to those who are experiencing or considering the option of living together

Creating a Marriage Masterpiece

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Faith@Home Idea Card Marriage Idea - Creating a Marriage Masterpiece

Best Use

As a pre-planned date night discussion

Nutritional Value

Nurtures a shared vision of God’s design for your marriage

Advance Preparation

  • Schedule a dinner or coffee date at least two weeks out
  • Each spouse listens to the Marriage Masterpiece audio
  • Write down your thoughts to discuss them during the date.

During The Date

Each spouse take turns sharing his or her answers to the reflection questions.

Brainstorm the What If? scenario together.

Reflection Questions

Question: Before listening to or reading A Marriage Masterpiece, what would I have said if asked to explain the purpose of our marriage?

Question: How does understanding God’s design for marriage change or influence that answer?

Question: A Marriage Masterpiece describes several characteristics of God’s marriage to humanity that should be reflected in our marriage. Which of those characteristics come easy and which come harder?

A Covenant Marriage – A lifelong, unbreakable commitment

A Passionate Marriage – Fully giving myself physically and emotionally

A Fighting Marriage – Forgiving quickly and fighting FOR the relationship

A One-Sided Marriage – Placing your needs above my own

A Heroic Marriage – Humbling myself and serving you

Question: What one thing will I try to do that might move our marriage closer to the masterpiece it can be?

What If?

Brainstorm the following together to come up with at least ten answers.

The romance fairy just flew up and handed us ten thousand dollars that must be spent on a five day get-away without the kids. He said we can’t go to a place we’ve been to before and we must try some new adventure. Where would we consider going and what adventures would we try?

Marriage Connections

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Faith@Home Idea Card Marriage Idea - Marriage Connections

Best Use

A date night or anniversary celebration to dream up and initiate creative times for connecting together during the coming twelve months.

Nutritional Value

Fosters a year of greater intimacy by finding new ways to enjoy life together.

Advance Preparation

  • Schedule a date night or anniversary celebration
  • Come prepared to dream big for your marriage
  • During the Date/Anniversary Celebration
  • Follow the process found on this card.

Time of Celebration

Whether you are celebrating a wedding anniversary or just want to become more intentional about fostering intimacy, take time to dream up one new thing to do together for each year you th have been married. For example: If you are celebrating your 8 anniversary, plan 8 new dreams or things that you want to do together during the coming year. Plan them out on the calendar to make it happen!

1. Dream storm: Make a list of dreams or activities that you would both like to do together. Some items may be something you both want to do and some might be sharing activities that you know your spouse wants to do. Ex: You know that your spouse would love to take a cooking class, find a cooking class that you can both go to together and enjoy. Make sure your list includes some good free options and ideas that are not too difficult to pull off. Aim for fun, realistic ideas.

Prioritize: Once you have a good list of ideas, narrow them down to your top “8” or whatever number of anniversary you might be celebrating.

Make it happen: As part of the date, go ahead and start the research and calendar out when you will go do these activities together. This might be as simple as calendaring one activity a month and deciding on details later. As part of your planning, identify some necessary steps towards making each happen.

Optional Extra Credit: Get a journal or scrapbook that you can use to save ticket stubs, pictures and special memorabilia from all of your times together. Celebrate your next anniversary or date night after you have completed all of your dreams by going through your journal/scrapbook and thanking the Lord for all of His blessings in your relationship.

The Marriage Love Journal

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Faith@Home Idea Card Marriage Idea - The Love Journal

Best Use

As an ongoing process for expressing love, devotion and commitment to one another

Nutritional Value

The Love Journal is a great way to open up sharing with one another since it is often easier to express feelings and appreciation in writing than it is face to face.

Advance Preparation

  • Plan a time (date night, quiet moment at home, etc.) to discuss incorporating the Love Journal into your relationship
  • Purchase a journal or notebook together or give it as a gift from one spouse to the other

During the Date/Discussion

Discuss the process.

The Process

Designate a location where you will pass the journal back and forth such as the bathroom sink counter or each other’s pillows.

Take turns periodically passing the journal back and forth. You may want to mark your calendar on specific days or once a month that you want to be sure that you take the time to write a love note to your spouse.

If you give the journal as a gift to your spouse, start the process by writing a love note in the front before you give it.

It is fun to write the date of when you write your love notes so that you can look back and see the special things that you have written each other over the years. This journal can be passed through the generations, leaving a legacy of love to share with others. They will have no doubt about your love and commitment to one another.

The Notes

Use the following as ideas to help craft meaningful love notes:

I Appreciate You - Share the gratitude you feel for how he or she serves/sacrifices for the family

I Admire You - Let your spouse know the qualities that you see in him/her such as character, persistence, patience, grace, strength, etc.

I Affirm You - Tell them when they respond well to different situations or circumstances.

My Prayer For You - Write out a prayer that you are praying for your spouse. This is a great opportunity if you know something specific that will be happening that day that he/she might be worried about.

Just Because - You can simply write “I want you to know how much I love you and am so thankful to be married to you” or you can write three pages explaining your feelings. It is not important how long the note is, but how heart-felt it is.

Special Occasions - Take some time for a birthday, anniversary or holiday to share a love note in your journal. Be specific about the special occasion and the write in a context that will be meaningful to your spouse.

Marriage Love and Respect

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Faith@Home Idea Card Marriage Idea - Love and Respect

Best Use

As a date night discussion guide

Nutritional Value

Helps husbands and wives become intentional about meeting their mate’s greatest need

Advance Preparation

  • Schedule a dinner or coffee date
  • Each spouse should listen to the 20 minute “Love and
  • Respect in Marriage” talk by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
  • (Download available from the FAITH@HOME podcast at iTunes).
  • Each spouse should spend a few minutes writing down answers to the questions on the reverse side.

During The Date

Spend 15 minutes discussing your answers.

HUSBANDS

  • Getting Honest About
  • Love and Respect

Read aloud Ephesians 5:25-28 and answer the following questions...

  • Do you agree that your wife’s primary marital need is to be cherished by you?
  • What are some of the ways you try to show her sacrificial love?
  • What are 2-3 ways she needs you to show love but that you might find difficult?
  • What do you think your wife would say if invited to offer a few “baby step” suggestions on better meeting her needs?

WIVES

Read aloud Ephesians 5:22-24 and answer the following questions...

  • Do you agree that your husband needs to feel respected?
  • What are some of the ways you try to show that you admire and respect him?
  • What are 2-3 things he would appreciate but might be more difficult for you to do?
  • What do you think your husband would say if invited to offer a few “baby step” suggestions on better meeting his needs?

TOGETHER

Read aloud Ephesians 5:31-33. Then hold hands and pray these words...

Dear God:
Help us to better fulfill the purpose of our marriage by modeling the relationship between Christ and His Bride. Amen

The Art of Marriage

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Faith@Home Idea Card Marriage Idea - The Art of Marriage

As a date night discussion guide

Nutritional Value

Helps husbands and wives discuss the purpose and challenges of marriage

Advance Preparation

Schedule a dinner or coffee date

Each spouse should listen to the 30 minute The Art of Marriage audio CD or podcast

(visit the Faith @ Home Center).

Each spouse should spend a few minutes writing down answers to the questions on

the reverse side.

To go further visit The Faith @ Home Center.

During The Date

  • Spend 15 minutes discussing your answers.
  • Each of you pray this brief prayer aloud...
  • Father, give me the grace to treat spouse’s name as a gift from you and to become the gift you want me to be.

Affirming Your Spouse As God’s Gift

What are some of the qualities that first attracted you to your spouse, or that you now appreciate? (Mark all that apply.)

  • Pays attention to detail
  • Remains calm in tense situations
  • Likes to have fun
  • Is well organized
  • Stays very focused on task
  • Loves spending time with people
  • Good at launching projects
  • Wants to work through disagreements Expresses feelings well
  • Likes to talk
  • Looks good in jeans
  • Looks good out of jeans
  • Loves to be spontaneous
  • Can really throw a party
  • Gives generously
  • Seemed he/she would be great parent Gives wise counsel
  • Is easy to please
  • Works hard
  • Other: _________________________

How Your Marriage Tells The Truth

Every marriage is intended to reflect the living reality of the gospel. Check the ways you think your relationship tells the truth about God. Circle items where your marriage may be vulnerable to the enemy of marriage.

Sacrificing for one another

  • Two made one in physical intimacy
  • Each trying to meet the other’s needs Forgiving one another
  • Open to the blessing of children
  • Giving love to children
  • Pleasing one another sexually
  • Faithful to marital vows
  • Intimate rather than isolated
  • Loving/Cherishing one another
  • Honoring/respecting one another
  • Partners rather than competitors
  • Sharing laughter and fun
  • Other: _________________________

Each share one small step you can take to make your marriage a better picture of the gospel in the next 30 days:

Annual Plan Date

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Faith@Home Idea Card Marriage Idea - Annual Plan Date

Best Use

As a date night discussion guide

Nutritional Value

Helps you plan what activities and time slots to protect during the coming twelve months for building a strong marriage.

Advance Preparation

  • Schedule a dinner or coffee date on or within a few days of New Years
  • Find your calendar or PDA to bring on the date
  • Each spouse spend time identifying several priorities to put on the calendar for the upcoming year (see reverse for ideas)

During The Date

Complete the questionnaire on the reverse side together 2. Schedule dates and times on both calendars to make sure your strong marriage priorities trump other commitments

Strong Marriage Priorities

Every married couple needs to be intentional in several areas. Discuss the following questions together, then select an idea or create your own to put on your schedules.

Question: How will we protect routine times for non task-driven communication?

o Schedule an evening walk together twice weekly
o Schedule a date night twice monthly
o ______________________________________________ o

Question: Should we read a book, attend a class, or seek guidance to improve a specific area of our marriage?

o Shared vision and goals o Better communication o Romantic intimacy
o Managing money

o Parenting the kids
o ______________________________________________

o ______________________________________________

Question: When do we think we will feel most stressed during the coming year so we can plan a weekend get-away together to recharge our batteries and rekindle romance? ____________________________________________________

Where would we like to go that we can afford? ____________________________________________________

Who could watch the kids? ____________________________________________________

Question: How can we help each other improve physically and emotionally?

o Work out together
o Eat out less often to cook healthy meals at home
o Give each other time alone with God by watching kids,

etc. ______________________________________________

o _____________________________________________

Question: When will we incorporate the habit of praying together into our relationship?

o At the end of evening walks twice weekly
o Before going to sleep each night
o ______________________________________________

o ______________________________________________

Can Men and Women be "Just Friends"?

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Faith@Home Pointer Card
Can Men and Women Be “Just Friends”

From The Resurgence

Can men and women be just friends?”

As a single woman, I have wrestled with the question a lot over the past 10 years.

When Harry Met Sally made the question famous, but it’s been one we’ve been throwing around for at least the last century.

Society’s changing: the days of men in the field and women in the kitchen are by and large distant memories, and today, men and women are side by side in just about every arena. For the first time, men and women weren’t just meeting to get married and have babies but to become co-workers and equals in the business world. Men and woman had to learn to interact with one another outside of romantic relationships.

This is the world we live in now. From school to work to the gym, men and women mix company. But can they really be friends?

Yes, according to the Bible. But having some guidelines and boundaries is wise.
The Apostle Paul gives us a simple guide for how men and women can be friends in 1 Timothy 5:1–2, “Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, in all purity.” So, treat younger men and women as siblings, and older men and women as parents, “with absolute purity” to use the phrase in the NIV.
The church should still be exercising these boundaries in friendships today, especially between single men and women.

First, ladies:

  • Stop dating guys in your head. Don’t assume a guy wants to be more than friends until he communicates that.
  • Don’t manipulate. Don’t go out of your way to grab a guy’s attention.
  • Stop flirting. The way you interact with men should make them want to be more like Christ, not pursue you more than the Lord.
  • Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve. Your brothers around you aren’t your accountability partners. If what you are sharing with them (suffering or celebration) doesn’t bring glory to God, don’t share it.
  • Dress modestly. Don’t be a distraction to your brothers; they have enough of those in the world.

And to the men:

  • Communicate clearly. This means all forms of communication: texting, Twitter, Facebook, face-to-face, etc. Women should not have to question your intentions every time they are around you or receive a text from you. If you intend to just be friends with a woman, let her know. I promise you she won’t break.
  • Let your actions echo your words. Don’t single a woman out unless you want to pursue her.
  • Don’t crave submission. The women around you aren’t called to submit to you unless you are their husband, father, or pastor.
  • Be a one-woman man. Not just sexually, but also emotionally. If you are dating a woman, honor her by how you communicate and interact with other women.
  • Don’t be a creep. Treat women as you would your own sister or mother. Don’t single a woman out over a season and then just disappear.

Can men and women be just friends? Absolutely, when we treat each other as our brothers and sisters in all purity, give up our own selfish gain, and honor each other as we do our own family.

Building a God-Honoring Marriage

Faith@Home Pointer Card Building a God-Honoring Marriage

From Kurt Bruner, The Center for Strong Families

No one plans to become a broken family or a miserable couple. We marry because we yearn for a life-long, thriving relationship. So, how can believers become intentional about building a God-honoring marriage?

PRIORITY ONE – Discover God’s Design for Marriage
We must understand that every marriage is intended to be a masterpiece reflecting THE marriage between God and His people. Marriage is the most frequent metaphor used in the Bible to describe God’s relationship with His people. In fact, writing to the Ephesians, Paul called marriage a “profound mystery” because it is a picture of “Christ and the church.”

PRIORITY TWO: Commit to a Covenant Marriage
Today’s civil marriages are much like business contracts—easy to get into and easy to get out of. God’s covenant with His people was a promise to remain eternally faithful even if His people weren’t faithful in return. In covenant marriage, both spouses are committed for a lifetime—in sickness and health, for better or worse. They don’t threaten divorce or consider it as an option.

PRIORITY THREE: Pursue a Passionate Marriage
Couples aren’t supposed to just stick it out and find a way to make their marriages survive. God calls us to pursue a passionate, thriving marriage. The Song of Solomon expresses the kind of love, joy and celebration God designed for marriage. That passion is built on much more than infatuation and sexual desire. It is rooted in the physical, emotional and spiritual intimacy God created couples to experience as a foretaste of the eternal unity, communion and intimacy we can have with God.

PRIORITY FOUR: Become Heroic in Marriage
Christ made the ultimate sacrifice to rescue humanity. Writing to the Ephesians, Paul connected Christ’s sacrifice directly to marriage: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25) and “Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands” (Ephesians 5:24). In other words, mutual submission to one another requires giving up our own interests to heroically serve the other person.

PRIORITY FIVE: Fight for Your Marriage
Every couple will mess up. Too often, however, they also choose to give up. Throughout

scripture, God fights for His relationship with His people, remaining faithful in the face of unfaithfulness. He forgives again and again. No couple can avoid strife and arguments, but we can avoid giving the “devil a foothold” in our marriages by keeping short accounts and quickly restoring the relationship regardless of what happens.

GOING FURTHER - Resources

Recommended Books:

The Marriage Masterpiece (by Al Janssen) unveils the beauty of God’s design for every marriage.

Building Your Mate’s Self-Esteem (by Dennis and Barbara Rainey) shows why one of the most vital ingredients in a marriage today is to build one another's self-esteem.

Love and Respect (by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs) discusses a powerful biblical model for each spouse understanding and meeting the other’s most deeply felt need.

Fall In Love, Stay In Love (by Willard Harley Jr.) explains why and how to stay in love by protecting each other and the love they've created.

Fit To Be Tied (by Bill and Lynne Hybels) offers creative ways to "court" your spouse and a guide to resolving conflicts instead of driving them underground.

The Five Love Languages (by Gary Chapman) describes how to discover and serve your spouse’s unique love language.

A Celebration of Sex (by Dr. Douglas Rosenau) is a guide to enjoying God’s gift of sexual intimacy.

Simply Romantic Nights Kit (from Family Life Ministries) Discover intimacy in a new light using a series of his/her date night ideas.

Recommended Websites:

Both family.org and familylife.com provide online collections of marriage articles, resources, assessments and referrals representing the best of Christian marriage support.

For additional resources and information please visit the Faith @ Home Resource Center

Beyond the Heartache of Infertility

Faith@Home Pointer Card Beyond the Heartache of Infertility

From Kurt Bruner, The Center for Strong Families

“So, when are you going to have kids?” That question is invasive enough when babies are part of your plan. But what if you’ve just found out you’re unable to have children or experienced yet another miscarriage? How are you supposed to deal with the awkward conversations about kids that inevitably come up? Facing infertility can cause a woman to wonder about her identity. Looking around at other families with children you might ask, “What’s wrong with us—why can’t we have what they have?” You can feel like your marriage is missing something, or you may blame yourself for making decisions along the way that have hurt your chances to conceive. Maybe you’ve already considered or started some kind of infertility treatment and you’re worried about the cost or risks that you’ll face.

In addition to the heartaches of genetic infertility, more and more couples are finding that time spent finishing degrees, launching careers and establishing marriages have pushed them beyond the ideal window of fertility. Whatever feelings you may be experiencing, you need to remind yourself of several important truths.

REMINDER #1: It’s okay to grieve
Hoping to offer comfort, some may downplay infertility and even point to the things you can enjoy as a couple without kids. If you already have at least one child, some people may not understand why you would be so sad about secondary infertility, ending your hopes for more children. Whatever your circumstances, it’s common to experience a great sense of loss in finding out you can’t have a child. Infertility is a tragic reality of our fallen world, one that rightly causes grief. Jesus told his followers that those who mourn are blessed and will be comforted (Matthew 5:4).

A husband may not entirely understand what a wife facing infertility is going through, especially as her emotions are affected by changing hormones. This can be a vulnerable time for any couple. It’s important to share your thoughts and feelings openly, not stuffing them or letting your grief get lost in distractions and busyness.

REMINDER #2: It’s okay to hope
Because of God’s goodness, you are never without hope. Psalm 113:9 says, “He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children.” You can’t know exactly how God will choose to work in your life, but you can know He is able. He can restore fertility when it seems impossible. Or He may help you grieve your inability to have biological children and then cultivate in you a desire to adopt and love a child in desperate need of a Christian home. Your ability to hope in God begins by releasing everything to Him in prayer. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul wrote:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

REMINDER #3: It’s essential to be in community
It’s tempting to avoid talking about infertility and all the accompanying struggles. Couples may want to pull away from other families, unsure what they’ll think or say. As awkward as it may be, however, you still need Christian community - a safe place where you can “share your burdens with one another” (Galatians 6:2). It’s in community that you also can find encouragement from others who have been where you are. That’s the context of 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of compassion and the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

GOING FURTHER - Resources

Recommended Book:
Empty Womb, Aching Heart (by Marlo Schalesky) offers hope and help for those struggling with infertility and encouragement for couples grieving a miscarriage.

Recommended Website: The “Infertility” section of TroubledWith.com provides a wide range of helpful articles, resources and referrals.

For additional resources and information please visit the Faith @ Home Resource Center

Addiction in the Family

Faith@Home Pointer Card Addressing Addiction in the Family

From Kurt Bruner, The Center for Strong Families

Does someone you love seem to be self-destructing in addictive behavior? Are you watching a spouse, son or daughter abandon everything that was once important to them because of drugs, alcohol, sex or some other stimulant? An addiction or dependence is commonly defined as “a recurring compulsion to do the same thing over and over, despite harmful consequences to his health, mental state or social life.” Are you seeing that trade-off in someone you care about—a compulsive pursuit regardless of the effects it has, especially on your relationship?

If you aren’t seeing clear signs of addiction, are you noticing a gulf growing between you and this family member as their thoughts, time and energy are consumed by some dominating activity?

What can you do to help?

STEP ONE: Assess the willingness to change

Has your loved one admitted a problem and shown interest in getting help? If they’ve given you any sign of wanting to deal with their problem, take that opportunity to get the best of Christian counsel and direction from those most familiar with the specific addiction he or she is indulging.

If instead you’re dealing with denial, you most likely will need to plan an intervention—which is an orchestrated attempt by family and friends to motivate someone to get help for their problem. An intervention is especially necessary to help stabilize the situation—to begin shielding your home from the emotional, physical and spiritual vulnerability of an out-of-control problem.

STEP TWO: Treat body, mind and spirit

Sex addictions counselor Rob Jackson tells families that the addictive behaviors they see are just the tip of the iceberg. Efforts to modify behavior might seem effective in the short-term, but can re-appear or show up in a different sort of compulsion if underlying issues are not addressed.

Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind.” So those struggling with addiction need to treat problems of the body, mind and spirit—to go beneath the surface and deal with the thoughts, emotions and spiritual conflicts driving those behaviors.

James 1:14 describes how dependence progresses from desire to enticement to sin and, ultimately, to death. The most effective approach to recovery is to reverse that progression—to restore a right relationship with God (Romans 8:1-15), to have a clean heart (Psalm 51), to have a renewed mind (Romans 12:2) and then as a result, to bear good fruits in behavior (Romans 6:7).

STEP THREE: Find hope in perseverance

God is able to redeem anyone and restore them to a life characterized by self-control (Titus 2:11-14). There is hope in persevering as a family through the struggles of recovery. Romans 5:3-4 says, “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character; hope.”

Your prayers ultimately come down to asking that God’s best will win out for this family member, remembering Jesus’ words: “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

GOING FURTHER - Resources

Recommended Book:
A Hunger for Healing (by J. Keith Miller) is helpful to those dealing with addictive behaviors in themselves or someone they love.

Recommended Websites: TroubledWith.com includes material for parents dealing with substance abuse by their teens and addictions within their marriage.

For additional resources and information please visit the Faith @ Home Resource Center