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Question: My husband’s mother was (still is) emotionally and verbally abusive. His father is a wonderful, kind and peaceful man. My husband has spent his entire life walking on eggshells so as not to upset his mother. This past winter, my husband had a falling out with his mother and she told him she didn’t want anything more to do…Read More
Question: My husband constantly loses his temper. Sometimes he throws things, other times he hits me or pushes me around. It’s getting worse. I’ve tried to make him happy but nothing works for very long. I am trying to honor God and stay with him but I’m afraid. The kids are also seeing all of this. Deep down I know…Read More
Question: I have noticed over the last year, and each month this continues to get worse, that my husband is always angry. I seem to be his “punching bag.” We have tried several courses of therapy over the years, yet we are still in the most difficult part of our 10 year marriage. He will rarely talk to me. When…Read More
Question: Do you ever recommend withholding sex as a consequence for destructive behavior? Laura in FL Answer: I don’t recommend a spouse withhold sex anymore than I would recommend that he or she withhold talking when angry. Touching and talking are the only channels that intimacy is expressed and experienced. If someone cuts off those channels when they are angry,…Read More
Question: I’ve been married for 25 years to an emotionally and verbally abusive man. I feel angry and bitter toward him for the way he treats me. Yet, he still expects me to be loving and affectionate with him, especially in bed. I can’t do it. What does God expect me to do? (Rita in MO) Answer: No one likes…Read More