How to Deal When Your Parents Divorce

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1. Pray, Pray, Pray

  • Pray for strength
  • Pray for healing
  • Pray for forgiveness
2. Read
  • Read the Bible for understanding and peace
  • Go to your local Christian bookstore and find books on purposeful living, encouragement, and finding a strong connection with God
3. Talk
  • Talk with your family, share your feelings or concerns
  • Talk to your church counselor or pastor if needed
  • Talk and surround yourself with Christian friends, maybe even start a divorce support group with other teenagers going through their parents’ divorce
4. Journal
  • Write how you feel in a journal or diary
  • Write your highs and lows of the day
  • Write Bible verses and tape them in your room, on the bathroom mirror, on your books, etc.
5. Do Something
  • Exercise or play sports to release stress
  • Take up a new hobby, such as scrapbooking or playing an instrument

6. Understand

  • Understand that this is not your fault
  • Understand that the Lord will provide emotionally, physically and mentally
  • Understand that even though it happened in your family, it does not have to happen to you

7. Forgive

  • Forgive your parents
  • Forgive the person or reason this happened
  • Without forgiveness the road to reconstruction will be delayed

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that is good advice...

So, well, I have a friend who was close to her other friend (who I don't know) well that friend's dad died... And well my friend is grieving really hard...and she apparently was really close to him.... and so what can i do for her? A greiving teen... Oh, and he passed away awhile ago. So it's not recent, but she just remembering him in practically everything she sees...And it's really hard for me to see. And, my friend, well we are not that close, but I guess we're close enough now because she spilled all this stuff on me...yeah...so what can I do? I mean...like, I know I really can't do anything...but what SHOULD I do....

Well, just wondering,
Katie

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The grieving process can be a long one but following all the tips giving can ease the heart and mind. Especially prayer!

Yvonne

Anonymous RadRevolution Team said...

Katie,

It's hard for us to understand what it's like to deal with the loss of someone we care about or love until it actually happens to us. Here are some ways you can help your friend who's grieving:

1. Have patience. As she expresses her thoughts and emotions, sometimes telling the same details over and over helps someone to grieve. Let her know you're available to listen.

2. Just be there for her. Just being present with her and listening can make a huge difference. You don't necessarily have to say anything or try to make her feel better. Sometimes it's even better not to say anything. You can show empathy with your eyes and facial expressions.

3. Pray for her. Just as Yvonne said, prayer is so important. Pray that God would comfort your friend and bring healing to her heart. Also pray that God would show you how to reach out to her.

4. Encourage her with a Bible verse. Pray and ask God to show you what your friend needs to hear before looking for a verse. Then, write down or read your friend the verse. Some good themes include hope, God's comfort, or God's love. You can easily do a search for a verse on www.biblegateway.com.

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