Inlaws: A friend of mine always used to tell me that she wanted to marry a man who was an orphan because she didn’t want to deal with mother-in-law issues. I can’t say that I ever felt that way, but I think I always wanted a mother-in-law that we were relatively similar and that the two of us could get along well. But life doesn’t always work out the way you plan it. And although most people think about mother-in-laws, there are so many other types of in laws to think about. Sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, father-in-laws, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, etc….
Inlaws are people too. And whether or not they like you, they will treat you the way they are used to treating people. Some will try to manipulate you with guilt, others will try to control you, and yet others will just enjoy your company, and let you be you. You just have to learn to appreciate them for who they are, and don’t take what they do personally.
And so I pray:
I pray that I will have the greatest sets of inlaws I could ever imagine. The kinds of inlaws that make me want to be around them even more than I want to be with my family. I pray that they will see me for who I am, and see my heart, that I want the best for their son (brother, nephew etc.). I pray that I can freely be myself with my inlaws, but still be very respectful to them. I pray that when we disagree on something, we will be able to respectfully resolve it and that it won’t affect our relationship negatively. I pray that we will celebrate each other regularly, and that our lives will be much better just because we are related to each other. I pray that we will all love each other with our words and with our action, that there will be no reason to gossip behind each other’s backs, but instead we will speak whatever concerns us, and resolve issues well. I pray that I will have the maturity to deal with my inlaws, and the insight on how to love them in a way that speaks personally to them. Amen.
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