Let's just say that people can disappoint us...Often those who are the closest to us.
Along with minor inconveniences and financial strains that consume my brain, I am quite aware that the devil is prowling around, tapping me on the shoulder as I work through my daily Surrender. With a hard working husband gone most of the week, I should be strong in holding down the fort, yet I am weak. It's a battle, I tell ya!
The second little cup of grace...came upon picking up one of my favorite devotional reading books, The Imitation of Christ. If you don't know about this book, it's a true gem. It's one that I don't read every day but pick up periodically when I need a real shot in the
In the heart-struggle with being disappointed by someone close to me, the book fell open to the Considerations For Leading An Interior Life....
Here is what I read:
"How quickly people change and fail us; but Christ abides forever (Jn 12:34) and remains at our side to the end.
No confidence is to be placed in mortal human beings, no matter how helpful they may be or how dear to us, for we are all frail. Neither should you be downcast if one day they are on your side and the next day they are against you; for humans are changeable like the wind.
Therefore, put your complete trust in God and let Him be the center of your love and fear. He will answer for you and will do what He sees best for you." (pg. 68)
Whoa, thank you, Jesus!
Then the next passage REALLY helped me put a change into action. It's nice to read something that is helpful but harder to shift your thoughts or know how to DO something about it. This was perfect!
"If you are unable to contemplate the Godhead, then let your thoughts dwell on the Passion of Christ, finding in those sacred wounds a home. If you fly to the wound in Christ's side, you will find comfort in all your troubles. You will not care then if others despise you, and will easily bear up under criticism."
Perfect shift...And a beautiful thing I can DO...
It was a grrrrreat reminder to read this next:
"When our Lord lived on earth He was looked down upon by people, and in the hour of His great need, He was left by His friends to bear insults and shame.
And this really hit home!
"Be silent and endure for awhile and you will experience the help of God in your need."
Gulped down this cup of grace!
The third little cup of grace came from dear Anne over at Imprisoned In My Bones. I always call her "dear Anne" because I think she is such a dear! (I have never met her but I can just tell she's a dear:) She selected this blog for a Liebster Award...Liebster is an endearing word of
"The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you."~Jn 14:26~