Upon first reflection, I don't really have any addictions. One thing I didn't like about my marriage was how much we did watch TV. Since my husband has been gone, I have not really watched TV. I am mostly on this website or reading the Bible or some other book on marriage. One thing I did think of though was of protecting his reputation. I know he left me and has ignored me, but I do not want people to think badly of him. I have spoken with my family, counselor, pastor, and a few friends. My extended family is quite large and I did not want them to find out. My mother unfortunately told my grandpa who called I don't know how many people, but I received two different emails about it. I was not to happy about that and needed to forgive my mom for that.
So, I am consciously making a decision to not say anything bad about him. I can express my frustration with the situation, but I will not say bad things. Also, if he comes back, I need to only speak well of him in front of others and not say anything that demeans him. Sometimes at church we would be talking to people and somehow it would come up about him working and I would comment how much he works and how I would love it if he spent more time with me. Or saying he works too much. I should not have done that.
I still think highly of my husband. I just do not like how he is acting or treating me right now. But, I leave that with God.
To re-evaluate addiction. Is there anything that will take time away from Christ? That would be considered addiction.
As for the family. Be happy about the blessings you receive through this. You are going to be a testimony to each and everyone of them.
Remember you are of Christ. Do not worry about what others think... Just let Christ shine through to them all....
I did get a little distracted with my post. I guess my addiction had been my husband. I had put him before God. I would not do devotions so I could spend time with him. I would play games on my IPOD as well. I haven't played those in a long time either.
We all have done it. But here is the funny thing. We think that if we dont we cannot be loved in return to the fullest. It is amazing how much more our spouses love us with God such a power in our lives. And our ability to express our love even more through Christ is more than they will ever experience.