Dr. Willis Newman, Esmeralda Newman, bible-teaching-about.com

Need advice about dealing with inlaws and a family business

by Tricia

My husband and I have been married for over 20 years, all of those years he has worked in the family construction business. He/we have stuck by his parents through good times and bad. His father is an elder in our church, and although they are very giving when they want to be, mostly when other people will know what they did, they treat their sons very poorly. Each son is apart of a seperated business, however they just take money from one business to pay the others bills. It isn't what the sons want, and although it "worked" when times were good and my husband was bringing in a lot of money each month to support the other businesses, now that times are mor difficult its not working. Bills aren't being paid, credit cards are being shut off, my husband had a raise in years, and profit shares haven't happened in I can't remember when. My husband does all of his bids, so he knows the profit yet when he asks about it he's told that his dad made a mistake or the subject gets changed. I know that my inlaws don't like me, but hello I've been around for over 20 years I'm not going anywhere. I have prayed and prayed and prayed and I hate adding more stress to my husband but honestly believe they are killing him and he needs to leave and go out on his own. I don't think he would because he knows his parents and brothers won't make it on their own. So here I sit, while he puts his parents ahead of us. I want to have faith, but even sitting in church at the same service as them is hard to do. They don't talk to me, hardly speak to our kids and when they do they mostly talk about their other grand children, I'm just tired. I love my husband so much, I hate the way his family treats him, and want his parents to understand what they're doing to all of us. Do I say something or just sit back and pray and wait to see what God has planned.

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