How Many Times Must I Forgive My Brother
By Teresa Ives Lilly
As a child, you expect to have fun playing with your siblings, but for me that wasn’t always the case.
My brother was seven years older than me, and all I can say is, he was not a nice person. I have no good Of him, including the fact that we shared a birthday and every year my parents took us to his favorite restaurant and got him a coconut cake (which I am allergic to and HATE).
Years later he became a Christian, met a wonderful young woman and the two of them became Missionaries in Russia and started about 6 of more churches there.
You would imagine, as a Christian I would have been happy and pleased, but I wasn’t. For years, I was angry. I didn’t believe my brother deserved such a sweet wife and I struggled believing he could be trusted.
Finally, after a few years from his salvation, I had to surrender it to God and ask God to heal my hurts because my brother never tried to. Then, once God gave me the peace I needed to forgive, I contacted my brother and asked him why he never tried to make amends to me, etc. He told me, he thought I had forgotten the things and he didn’t want to hurt me by bringing them up.
Once I understood this, I was able to totally surrender.
So, at this Thanksgiving Time, I pray that everyone finds something to surrender and get free from.
Since that time, God has blessed me with the gift of writing and although I don’t usually write about such deep issues as surrender, my novellas are all Christian and the characters all over come relationship issues and find love.
Teresa Ives Lilly lives in San Antonio. She has written over 20 novellas, several chapter books and two hundred unit studies. She loves to hear from her readers at firstname.lastname@example.org
See all her books at http://www.teresalilly.wordpress.com/
The one book I wrote which really shows how a woman overcomes many issues is called
Orphan Train Bride.
Kelli is a nineteen-year-old orphan, who lives and teaches at a New York orphanage. She is sent west on the Orphan Train to oversee the children. When the train reaches Kansas, the end of the line, and Kelli realizes that she must return to New York, she makes a desperate plea to a golden bronzed cowboy; asking to fill the place as of a mail order bride, he advertised for to raise his little girl. Will God help them develop a loving relationship through the hardship of life on the Kansas prairie. Especially after the land is devastated by grasshoppers?