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Sheila Qualls
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Where Real Life Meets Real Faith
Where Real Life Meets Real Faith

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Marriage isn’t all sunshine and roses. It’s job losses and financial struggles and illnesses and disagreements and dyslexic children and car accidents and taking care of elderly parents and compromise and hurt feelings and commitment. Mostly commitment.…
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Hard circumstances and marriage are common. One hundred percent of marriages go through hard times. And hard circumstances can tank your marriage.   You may remember the story of how my fiancé dumped me months before the wedding. Imagine how that…
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The ancient Chinese torture technique–death by a thousand cuts–was a slow but sure way to kill someone. The executioner made a bunch of tiny cuts on the victim’s body. None of the cuts by themselves were fatal. But enough small cuts eventually led to a…
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  Marriage exposed a side of me that had never been so obvious before.   Marriage shone a spotlight on my tendency to be selfish. It’s still only thinly veiled, lurking right beneath the surface.   Here’s what I mean.   I couldn’t figure out why my…
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What’s your problem? That was a common refrain early in my marriage. Sometimes my husband’s reaction to something seemed way over the top. What appeared to be a minor thing evoked a response that was waaaaaay out of proportion. He’d turn a 50 cent issue…
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It’s no secret, women are notorious for beating around the bush when asking for what we need. We don’t want to just come out and tell our husbands what kind of emotional support we need. Beating around the bush is a complete waste of time. SPOILER ALERT:…
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That’s what I heard anyway. Sometimes I hear my husband’s words through the filter of my hurt and not the way he intended them. Don’t let this mistake ruin your marriage: Listen with your ears instead of your feelings. I thought an Easter “basket” would…
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During a recent episode of the popular TV show “This Is Us,” Kate, an obese 39-year old,  suspects her fiancé is viewing pornography. She snickers as she playfully asks him if he’s looking at porn. She commandeers his computer to inspect. (He was looking…
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I took my son to lunch when he was home on break from college, and he ordered a beer. I was shocked but then realized he is of legal age. Hmmm. . . I wasn’t expecting that. It was awkward. I couldn’t say no. We’ve talked about the risks of using drugs and…
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Of course, I loved him. But I had some other stuff going on that had nothing to do with love. I was ticked. I didn’t know how to let go of hurt and disappointment. I wasn’t aware I had any I needed to go of. Long story short: My husband was part of the…
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