I completed a crossword puzzle tonight. Well, that is not completely true. There is one last clue I cannot figure out, so one little white box has been left empty.
As another semester has come to a close and a new one is just starting, I wanted to take an opportunity to write something about how the church handles domestic abuse before I get neck deep in academia again.
I am not usually a proponent of Dear Abby, but an article at a table in a coffee shop caught my eye…
I want to give credit where credit is due. I did not come up with this graphic on different types of abuse and certainly, this is not all-inclusive, but this is one women’s example of abusive type behaviors that she experienced. (The original post can be found here: Elisabethklein.com). I tend to be a bit hesitant on using personal examples in my own blog for several reasons:
Just over 18 months ago, I made the hardest decision of my life.
Five months after that I made an even harder decision: to end my marriage…
There are two schools of thought on how to manage your expectations of people.
I’ve been gone for a while. I am sorry.
“….But there’s also no safety in continuing to open your heart to someone who’s careless with it. So what then? This is the realm of management, not change. Self-protection should become your primary goal. Limit contact if you can, just like you would with any toxic relationship.”
A friend recently shared this article with me and two other friends have also posted it on Facebook. It is a very articulate and well-defended view of divorce in a marriage where the covenant is broken by one partner. While I do not wish the end of a marriage for anyone and would never advocate for it unless absolutely necessary for your physical, emotional and/or mental safety, if you do find yourself in a place where you need to consider officially and legally breaking the bond of marriage, this is an important read. If you think that divorce should never be contemplated and is not a part of God’s plan, you should read this. If you are already divorced and feel the weightiness of that broken bond, you should read this. It is titled “A High View of Marriage Includes Divorce.”
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A High View of Marriage Includes Divorce
Forgiveness without accountability is irresponsible.
So what then of the phrase forgive and forget? Is it compatible with accountability? Is it even right?