Please pray for one of my family members in a difficult marriage. She is a stay-at-home Mom who homeschools three kids. She didn
t have a career before marriage and is afraid to leave her husband. She is scared she wont be able to support herself and her children. She stays with her husband because she does not want to lose health insurance for the kids and is terrified her husband will get joint unsupervised custody. Her husband is a lawyer and uses his knowelge of the law to scare her.
Her husband is bipolar and abuses alcohol, for starters.
My family tries to be as supportive as possible but it is hard to watch this family member stay in the situation. This has been going on for years but lately the abuse has changed for verbal to physical. My family lets this person know we will be there for her no matter what, and are always ready to help. She knows she has a place to stay etc. We struggle because we want to be supportive but we know she needs to be the one to help herself. We also want to support her, but don`t want to come across as pressuring her to end her marriage etc.
Please pray for my family member, her husband, and their children.
If you know of resources in the state of California that might be able to provide assistance to this family member, please PM me. My family member is a fallen away Catholic and does not have a parish to return to. She tried to return to the Church after her first baby was born but her husband is very anti-religion and discouraged this. She now completely doubts the existence of God and her children have no religious faith. Moreover, she feels economically trapped. With three children, she would not be able to provide for them, and pay for child care. She is also very pro-home schooling and does not want to put her kids in school.
Family and friends are not able to assist because at this point, she is not ready to take that step, but she knows we are here.