I could see that the Lord had given her a lot of wisdom though. She realized she had some hard choices to make between the better path and the bitter path . . .
Some of our choices on the long road of widowhood popped up in a sermon I heard on suffering at about the same time I was corresponding with my widow friend. Don't you love the way God brings things together? Here's what I jotted down from the sermon to share with my friend:
"Most friends will not continue to sympathize with you---be tolerant of them anyway . . ."
"God will often be silent and seem very distant to you--- trust Him anyway . . ."
"There's a big difference between God's silence and His absence . . ."
And here were the main points:
- Accept your experience as a test
- Repeat the spiritual disciplines even though they seem empty at times
- Be realistic--you may be in for the long haul. So dig in.
- Remember that God promises to reward those who endure
What are some of the quotes and ideas that have helped you the most?