How do you forgive someone who just keeps hurting you over and over again? I try but I feel like it’s hopeless and will never end. I don’t want to live my life letting this person hurt me.
~ Punched in the Heart ~
Dear Punched in the Heart:
Forgiving someone repeatedly is hard. Each situation is so different. How much time do you have to spend with this person? I know when it’s family, it puts a wrench in trying to avoid them. If it’s a friend you may be able to set up easier boundaries. Memorize verses on forgiveness. Pray about it. Limit the time you spend with this person. If this person is really unhealthy for you to be around, it’s okay to pull back and choose to keep them away from you and your family. Abuse is never acceptable.
My kids fight and argue all the time. It’s driving me crazy. I worry about them growing up hating each other. It makes me cry and it makes me angry. This is not how I imagined my family.
~ Sibling Rivalry Making Me Nuts! ~
Dear Sibling Rivalry:
I can relate. My kids fight and argue a lot too. Who knows how to push your buttons better than a sibling? I don’t have a lot of advice so I’m going to let my readers chime in here. I will tell you that my brother and I were probably the worst siblings ever growing up We were absolutely awful and hateful to each other. I now consider my brother a friend and though we probably still annoy each other, we don’t argue and enjoy spending time together. I remind my kids that they are “best friends for life” and “friends come and go but family doesn’t” – Totally cliche but I hope it’s true. Sibling rivalry isn’t new. Look in your bible. Cain and Able. Esau and Jacob.
Readers, now’s your chance to give advice and who doesn’t love to give advice? What would you say to Punched in the Heart or Sibling Rivalry?
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