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Encouragement for struggle in relationship

Dear Friend,

A few months ago we had quite a day for our family. We lost a woman that I had a hard time getting along with for a very long time. But God saw it through and answered prayers that I honestly never thought would be answered on earth.

My mother-in-law was a hard woman to get along with and so am I. We are both headstrong in our beliefs and in how we carry them out. She wasn't one to forgive and forget. She was the most stubborn woman I know. However, if you looked deep, when she wasn't paying attention, she had a deep love for her family, even if she wasn't always good at showing it.

I was in awe of her relationship with her husband of over 50 years and it is something I aspire to. Her sons and her daughter turned out to be loving and kind individuals and they loved her so much. Her twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren did also.

I have prayed for many years that we could get along, that we could have forgiveness between us and maybe even love. I was told a long time ago that with prayer it could happen but I was never really sure.

Two months later we lost her husband as he joined her in heaven. We were blessed to reconnect for ten days, a month prior to her death. In ten days we were able to sit with them, take care of them and spend life together. There were no apologies. There were no arguments. There was only love poured out by the Father when we had no idea what was to come and so soon at that.

I kept thinking of the tips I wanted to give you today. I kept thinking of the things God wanted me to say and I have prayed and prayed.

My Encouragement for you today is...if you have a relationship that is strained or broken, be faithful in your prayers and believe He will always bring healing whether on earth or in eternity.

Colossians 3:12-15

Put on therefore, as God's elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Judy Gross 9/14/ 46 - 11/7/2020

Roy Gross 1/9/47 - 1/4/2021

Blessed beyond measure. Spending eternity with our Lord.

#encouragement #reconciliation #brokenhearts #missingyou

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