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Woman of God

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” (Isaiah 40:1)

November 10, 2017

Dear Julie:

I’m going through a troubling time with my daughter in-law. She and my son have been married about five months, and I think she is trying to show she has the upper hand, like we are in competition . . . which we’re not. I’m just his mother and am here to support, to love, and be an example for the two of them. But we were together and she did not speak, so I spoke because I am a Woman of God. I refuse to hold that kind of stress inside me. Please pray for me. –Woman of God
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Dear Woman of God:

You are in good company, and I mean LOTS of company. Many mothers-in-law struggle to have a good relationship with their sons’ wives. Often the wife, who is still learning to cook, sew, counsel, feels threatened by her husband’s mother who already knows how to do these things so well. And what makes things worse is if her husband says things like “My mother does it this way” or “I sure miss my mom’s apple pie.”

There’s a book I recommend all the time–the best one I know of when it comes to in-law relationships. It’s called Mothers-in-law and Daughters-in-law, Let there be Peace, written by Elisabeth Graham. I suggest you get a copy and after you’ve read it, you might offer it to your daughter-in-law saying something like this, “Honey, we haven’t always been on the same page and I know we both want to do better. I’ve learned some things in this book that will help me do better by you. Would you like to read it and see if you agree with the author.” By putting it in those words, you’re “taking the blame” but in the end you’ll get her into the book where she’ll learn how she can handle things better as well. God bless you. Love in Jesus, Julie

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