Using Marriage As An Escape From Parental Problems

Sometimes, people view marriage as an escape from painful problems with parents. Such a view is unwise for at least two reasons. First, being married will not eradicate problems with our parents. They will continue to play a role in our lives whether we are married or not. When we Read More…

Cleaving Rather than Leaving – MM #167

Some spouses set themselves up for leaving their marriages because they never properly “cleaved” to their spouse After they married. They forget the biblical passages that refer to cleaving and leaving. The Bible says in Genesis 2:24, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave Read More…

How To Truly Cleave To Your Mate

Failing to leave your parents hurts them in the long run as well as your mate and yourself. Agree together on a mutual plan to leave the authority of your parents. And then you must truly cleave to your mate. Here are several suggestions for truly leaving your parents’ authority Read More…

FOR PARENTS: Establishing Good In Law Relationships

“Parents and their married children can resolve differing points of view in a mature and gracious manner,” says Dr. Howard Hendricks. Parents will find the following guidelines helpful in avoiding such conflicts. It will keep their in law relationships strong and healthy. Pause it will contribute to the success of Read More…

FOR PARENTS: Becoming An In Law

What would you do if your adult child had a marital problem and shared his heart? How would you get involved—if at all? This is important to think about ahead of time when you are becoming an in law. Becoming an In Law Betsy [after her son Jake had shared Read More…

A Word To Parents And Parents-In-Laws

Regarding her married children, one mother said, “Lord, give me the wisdom to bite my tongue.” Our hope for parents is that you trust the Lord with your children so that you won’t need to bite your tongue. Let them make some mistakes (by your standards). Parents tend to give Read More…