7 Steps to Hope and Healing after Divorce

7 Steps to Hope and Healing after Divorce
Divorce: It’s a weighty word for Christians. For those who have never experienced divorce, it can be a word that drums up fear or perhaps judgment. For Christians who have considered or have walked through divorce, it can be a word that carries the weight of crushed hopes and dreams for the life they never thought would end up the way it did.
 
Divorce has always been controversial, a hard topic for Christians to wrestle with and work through together. Because of this, many avoid discussing the topic altogether. But for Christians whose marriages are crumbling around them, the need for helpful, Biblical resources is a must.
 
The following 7 steps are for Christian women who are going through divorce, or women who are divorced and seeking guidance for building their lives again post-divorce.
 
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1. You’re Divorced: Now What? The First Steps a Christian Should Take after Divorce

It can be hard to know where to begin after divorce. The following are just a few steps you need to begin taking to find healing.

A.    Recognize the trauma, shock and loss and take time to grieve
B.    Own your part
C.    Readjust to singleness and avoid dating until you can truly say, “If I'm single the rest of my life, it's okay."
D.   Deal with your feelings -- get counseling.
E.    Avoid making any other major life decisions until you’re able to process your divorce.
F.    Find your people –- join support groups, ministries and find wise counselors to walk with you as you heal from this loss.

Each step is integral to the healing process. You need to be able to grieve your loss and deal with the aftermath of your divorce before you can come close to healing. This means owning your part in the process, owning your emotions and finding a supportive community that will offer Biblical counsel as you go.

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