To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. (1 Cor. 7:10)

SHARON COULD FEEL THE ANGER rising within. She was trying very hard to keep her mouth closed, to stop from spewing out those angry words that were slowly rising from her heart and trying desperately to escape into the open. But it was too late. She let him have it; the full volley of words fired angrily at her husband. He didn’t know what hit him. He just looked at her, expressionless, but Sharon knew her words deeply hurt him. She could feel the tears swelling up in her eyes. It was too late, and she felt terrible.

Sharon’s husband had suffered a stroke eight months earlier and some of his brain cells had been damaged. Sharon asked the doctor how long it would take for healing to occur and for things to go back to normal. The doctor told her that it could take six months or longer, or that he might stay the way he is and never fully recover.

Sharon tried very hard to let things go, but built-up emotions and frustrations eventually escaped. She reminded herself that this wasn’t her husband’s fault and that she could learn to accept him the way he is. She was grateful that God had spared his life.

God knows your struggles, frustration, and pain. Talk with Him.

Rosemary Hagedorn began writing devotions in her later years. She creates picture story books for her grandchildren and is presently working on a fantasy novel.