A wife that is a beautiful whirlwind of life!

How can a husband love his wife when she has struggles with mental illness such as depression and PTSD?

The Storm - Lee Fridinger

7/12/20233 min read

A wife that is a beautiful whirlwind of life!

How can a loving husband express his unconditional love through such dynamic times?

My dearest husband and I, what a pair- no matter how wild the storms may be, we are still here to tell tales of our escapades. Our lives are full of funny stories, poignant moments, and everything in between. It's hard to keep up with it all sometimes!

I am open about my struggles with CPTSD, PTSD, anxiety and depression, as I know it helps others feel less alone. Oh boy do I know the rollercoaster those bring- but somehow amidst all of that, my buffalo (yes he has a nickname!) still runs straight towards me during these turbulent times. Every day I thank God that he is brave enough to come alongside me when things get tough. The most powerful thing anyone can do is listen.

Let's talk about Jesus (for there is always hope!), and practical ways for couples to stay connected even during the stormiest of days. If we take the time to really make an effort to understand each other. We'll surely find true love's embrace.

Jesus would likely tell the husband to love his wife unconditionally, even when she is difficult. He would remind the husband that his wife is a precious child of God and that she deserves to be loved and cared for, regardless of her mental health challenges. Jesus would also encourage the husband to be patient and understanding and to seek professional help if needed.

Here are some specific Bible verses that Jesus might reference:

  • Matthew 5:44: "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you."

  • Romans 12:10: "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another."

  • Colossians 3:13: "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."

  • 1 Peter 3:7: "Husbands, in the same way, be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the grace of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers."

Jesus would also remind the husband that he is not alone in this journey. He would tell him that many other couples are facing similar challenges and that there is help available. He would encourage the husband to reach out to his church community, seek professional help, and find other couples who can offer support and encouragement.

Ultimately, Jesus would tell the husband that his love for his wife is a powerful force for good. It can help her to heal and grow, and it can bring them closer together as a couple. Jesus would remind the husband that his love is a gift from God and that it is something to be cherished.

Here are some specific examples of what Jesus might say to the husband:

  • "I know that your wife's mental illness can be challenging, but I want you to remember that she is still the woman you love. She still deserves your love and support, even when she is struggling."

  • "It is important to be patient and understanding with your wife. Remember that she is not in control of her illness, and she may not always be able to control her behavior. Be there for her, even when it is difficult."

  • "If you are struggling to cope with your wife's mental illness, please don't hesitate to seek help. There are many resources available to you, including your church community, professional counselors, and support groups."

  • "Remember that you are not alone in this. There are many other couples who are facing similar challenges. Reach out to others for support and encouragement."

  • "Above all, never give up on your wife. Your love for her is a powerful force for good. It can help her to heal and grow, and it can bring you closer together as a couple."

-The Storm