"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
It all began with a late night phone call. There was panic in the voice. What to do? What to do? Crisis had come a knockin'.
Over the next 48 hours I called upon Our Lady to be my mediatrix with her Son. I needed patience and charity in order to deal with the situation at hand. I called upon God to gift me with heroic virtue. I needed it to be different this time. I needed God's words to come out of my mouth not the anger I wished to speak. I needed His patience and abundant mercy to come from me not my frustration and disappointment. I knew I could NOT do it without HIM.
"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."
2 Corinthians 12:9
I got on my knees and prayed. Hard. I prayed for hours begging and pleading for Our Lord's favor. I asked my dear friends to pray with me, for me and the individuals involved in this crisis. I prayed that I could get out of the way so that MY Savior could LEAD the way. Things began to happen. Prayers were directly answered. The clouds began to lift and miracles abounded. The crisis began to pass.
"O LORD, I call to you; come quickly to me. Hear my voice when I call to you."
Seventy-Two hours later I am amazed at God's providence. I could not have foreseen how He would chose to take care of this crisis. I look back and am amazed that I only lost my cool two times. I surrendered every step of the way my own pride and desires and just begged God to carry me through. Once again He exceeded my expectations and for that I am eternally grateful.
"that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man"
He is not done with me yet. I am still learning. I am still surrendering everyday all my fears and my pride. This life is made up of choices. This time I know I made the right one handing its over to God and NOT taking it back. God's Grace truly is sufficient...one step at a time.
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