Patience can come in many forms. Over the years I have seen my patience tested in many ways. In my teen years I was very impatient and impulsive. Seeking my will and never thinking of consequences, you don't need patience for this lifestyle. I met Arthur and he began taking me to church, this was an eye opener. One year later February 1991, I ask Christ to be my Lord and Savior. My whole world began to change and PATIENCE was placed in my vocabulary. Now for the first time seeking NOT my will but HIS, it was definitely a work in progress. Not long after this I had our first child Elizabeth March 1992........Patience came to the forefront of everything I did or was going to do. To raise a child I knew Patience was a key factor.....yet, I wanted things to be just so ( the perfectionist in me). Elizabeth was a wonderful baby ......but, patience was something the the Lord was still working on in me. I wanted to be like Arthur's sister Karen, who always seemed so patient and loving with her children. The loving part was easy the patient part...UGH...took time. Today 16 years later I can say I've got patience, it evolved over time with prayer, seeking HIM and learning how to rely on the Lord. My girls will see the boys doing things now that in the past I would have lost my patience with, and they see the deference in me. Throughout the years from financial hardships, Jonathan's birth and surgeries, Arthur's cancer, and medical ins and outs the Lord has not only done a great work on my patience but also my faith.
I still have things that crawl under my skin and I'm impatient about like....
*When my children don't do first time obedience.
*When my children don't listen/hear when spoken to.
*When my children act on impulse without thinking.
When looking at this list I see how my Heavenly Father must get tired of the same things with me. I'm praying that the Lord forgives me where I fail Him so often, and I thank Him for being so loving and Patient with me. We have been blessed beyond measure. I pray to be patient for His timing in our trials, seeking to be quite to hear Him speak. We are at a place that we must not only have faith but be patient. He is doing a work in us, may God receive all the glory and praise.
Here are the scriptures I claim and pray today.......
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.
Psalms 37:7 NKJV
We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 5:3-4 NIV