- The men leads spiritually.
- The couple respects each other.
- Each spouse is trying to grow in virtue and they encourage each other.
It is a way that will oblige God to list to you. Say to him earnestly: Either give me so much money that my heart will be satisfied, or inspire me with such contempt for it that I no longer want it. Either free me from poverty, or make it so pleasant for me that I would not exchange it for all the wealth in the world. Either take away my suffering, or - which would be to your greater glory - change it into delight for me, and instead of causing me affliction, let it become a source of joy. You can take away the burden of my cross, or you can leave it with me without feeling its weigh. You can extinguish the fire that burns me, or you can let it burn in such a way that it refreshes me as it id the three youths in the fiery furnace. First, you will be satisfied whatever happens; and what else do those who most desire this world's goods want except to be satisfied? Secondly, you will not only obtain without fail one of the two things you have asked for but, as a rule, you will obtain both of them. For the reason why we obtain little is not only because we ask for little but still more because, whether we ask a little or we ask a lot, we do not ask often enough. (page 45-46)So I've been striving to pray more fervently with the intention of, well, really an ultimatum with the Lord. Praying for happiness - either bring me to a husband for a happy marriage or make me happy with my single life. Although the last time I gave the Lord an ultimatum, he pulled through, but I'm not really as satisfied with the outcome as I thought I would be! Probably need to check my heart a bit more!!
A little Papa Francis Quote to keep in mind: “Do I pray that the Lord give me the desire to do his will? Or do I look for compromises because I’m afraid of God’s will?”—Pope Francis
Thanks for reading through all of my husband / single life / spiritual ramblings. See you next week for the topic of loneliness ... will strive to get stronger with this issue in the coming week before writing my thoughts down for the world to see!
p.s. today is Day 30 of my First Whole30!! Check in later this week for my conclusions and how I'm integrating some of my favorite foods back in like wine, bread, pizza, and Cabo Fish Taco menu items (look out Friday)!
Thanks to Jen for hosting this week and Morgan for supporting! I am so grateful for this community of women!!