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An Encouraging Word

In Taking the High Road by Jennifer Alden

Posted on January 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM

In life, we're faced with many challenges, and there's almost nothing worse than the loss of a loved one. Whether it's by death or divorce, the lasting effects can be overwhelming. Heartache and grief will follow us, if we don't learn to manage it. And when it comes to divorce, the pain can almost seem endless.

 

Making a decision to leave your spouse can be a life-changing event, with or without children. I've found that when decisions are made based on my own happiness, it's likely I'm doing something more out of my own selfishness than what's best for the parties involved. If you're not surrounding yourself with the right people, while making these life-choices, staying in the word of God, and getting good godly counsel for it, you could find yourself in a bigger mess than you thought you were in to begin with.

 

When my husband left almost two-years ago, I thought life for me was over. I couldn't understand, why in the middle of all of my medical issues, child custody issues with a former spouse, financial issues due to a move, and waiting out the construction process of a new home, how could this man abandon me?


John Bevere shares, "God doesn't want our marriages to end in pain or shame. He doesn't want us to quit before they're complete. Whether your marriage is just getting started or has been struggling for many years, it's never too late to embrace God's plan."


After all of the sleepless nights and prayers galore, the lightbulb of my reality finally turned on and I was able to process this pain as if it was full-steam ahead. I've learned through my relationship with the Lord, what it is that I can do in honoring the Father through this difficult time. Rather than fall into the world with bitterness and/or regret, I chose to take the road less traveled on. Choosing to lead a godly life, comes with many convictions.


My choice is for celibacy. My choice is to stay in prayer, walking this out, trusting the Lord to guide me. Good, bad, or indifferent, God can use it all. Where I thought there was no hope, God provided a way for me.


In making the life choices that I knew were best for me, it meant giving up my life all over again. Where my marital vows were falling apart, I renewed my vows to the Lord. I stayed fierce in my convictions. I focused on the purpose He called for me to fulfill. I lost myself in His eternal grace and heavenly love, crying out, "Abba Father!" The pain was real, and at times almost unbearable; but, I knew that no matter what the other party was choosing to do with his life, my life's course will not change.


When all seemed lost around me, I knew that His promises are true.


I know that in the midst of this heartache and grief, God will honor my choosing Him.




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2 Comments

Reply C Fox
10:23 AM on February 13, 2019 
Very true...
Reply C
10:20 AM on February 13, 2019 
Very good read...