Whew. Easier said than done, right?
My grandma told me to never pray for patience because God would send you all kinds of crazy things to make you better at being patient, ha!
I’m not a patient person at all [huge understatement]. I tend to fly off the handle at any little thing that sets me off, lose my temper with my kiddos for the smallest and most meaningless reasons, and instantly regret words that come too quickly out of my very big mouth.
Earlier this week I had a situation that could have easily made me super mad. People were not being nice and honestly, I felt like a weird outsider that didn’t fit in one bit to a Christian group one would expect to be more welcoming. Somehow, I decided to LET. IT. GO.
Brian was even surprised at my not-so-normal reaction.
Maybe this is God teaching me patience.
Patience with those that hurt me.
Patience with those who disappoint.
Patience when I’m let down.
Patience when my kids don’t listen.
I pretty much failed that one part of patience just this morning by snapping at Kayla for twiddling her thumbs when she should have been getting ready to leave for the day. My downfall is a child that can not get with it when I’m obviously in a hurry!
Lord, forgive me for not having patience with my own.
Help me, Lord. I’m not so good at this part of being a mom.
Tonight, I intend to talk about patience around the dinner table with my family.
Want to join in?
Here are a few questions:
- Name one person in your life who has a lot of patience.
- What are the moments when you struggle most to have patience in your day?
- What is one way you can prepare ahead to have more patience?
- Name one situation where you feel you displayed patience when it was undeserved.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Encouragement for the Day
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