We recently sold our farm and are actively pursuing our next home. A downsized version. We’ve found a couple of contenders and while Tom is leaning one way, I am leaning heavily in the other direction.
OK. I’m doing more than leaning because I want that adorable stone cottage!
In the period of a few short days, my desire has led me down a path, one manipulative step after another, to play down Tom’s interest in the house on the hill. Temporarily blinded to the consequences of doing so, my desire for what I wanted was in full control. I would have continued down that path but for the still small voice of the Holy Spirit reminding me that I really don’t want the responsibility of forcing the choice of our next home without both our buy-in. Whew!
We all encounter big and little opportunities to choose God’s will or not. Our choice determines whether we’ll experience frustration or enjoy peace.
I’ve suffered enough frustration after choosing my own way that I’m more inclined than ever to know God’s will and follow His direction for my life. It’s not easy to stare down personal desires, but I’m experiencing greater peace and anticipating the good God has for me while waiting for His will to unfold.
Recently I was sent a familiar portion of Scripture (Matthew 5-7) by a Beautiful Womanhood mentor in Maryland that just might relieve the pressure for quite a few of you frustrated wives.
Sermon on the Mount for Frustrated Wives
1When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:
2-3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
7 “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
8 “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
9 “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.
Beautiful Action Step
Choose one verse above…the one that really strikes home and meditate on it all week until it transforms your understanding, impacts your actions, and releases a good deal of pent-up frustration.