I kept defending myself (A few minutes later, I asked my husband, son, and the Lord to forgive me for the way I was talking for yes, I am sorry to say I even blurted out a cuss word, twice, which I regret but asked all to forgive me when the heat cooled down). Then, this morning, here's what I read by Fenelon:
See God's hand in the circumstances of your life. Do you want to experience true happiness? Submit yourself peacefully and simply to the will of God, and bear your sufferings without struggle. Nothing so shortens and soothes your pain as the spirit of non-resistance to your Lord.
As wonderful as this sounds, it still may not stop you from bargaining with God. The hardest thing about suffering is not knowing how great it will be or how long it will last. You will be tempted to want to impose some limits to your suffering. No doubt you will want to control the intensity of your pain.
Do you see the stubborn and hidden hold you have over your life? (This is Juana here interjecting. I know that people suffer far worse than a disagreement with a spouse, but I think this applies well here, too, as I wanted a hold on my opinion which I thought was so right, and I was not peaceful nor bearing the "suffering" without struggle, as Fenelon said up above!) This control makes the cross necessary in the first place. Do not reject the full work that the power of the cross could accomplish in you. (I forfeited it in this test, but I am resolved not to forfeit the power of the cross in me in the next test! -JM)
May the Lord deliver you from falling into an inner state in which the cross is not at work in you! God loves a cheerful giver... Imagine how much He must love those who abandon themselves to His will cheerfully and completely—even if it results in their crucifixion!
Maybe dear Sister, you too, want to pray this with me today if you have allowed stubborness to have a hold on your life as I did last night!
Dear Lord, Teach me to see Your hand in everything, and to peaceable accept a situation, bearing any suffering without struggle, but resting in You. You are sufficient Lord. Thank you for the cross where Jesus already bore my sin and shame. Your mercies are new each day, oh Lord! Amen.
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