Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thirsty Thursday - Patience

The fruit of the spirit is…. PATIENCE!!!!

I’m screaming it because the good Lord knows how much I need it!

I know now that I look back on my life so far that some things happened because of my ability to be patient and some things happened because of my slacking in patience.

“A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.” Proverbs 15:18

I met my first husband and thought he was the one. My way of thinking at the time was I don’t want to wait and this has to be the one. The promises (from my ex-husband) of a good family life  and picture perfect life took over and patience didn’t even come to mind at the time. Then as the years went by and I tried to be patient with our marriage, I ended up giving up. My patience with the situation had come to an end. I wanted a better life (without drugs, partying, etc) for me and my children. I completely, whole-heartily (still) believe that the Lord wanted that for us too.

A little tid bit of information… he since then has given up his rights for our kids and since I last heard is enjoying a life of partying and prison. THANK YOU LORD FOR SAVING US!

When I left him, I was embarrassed that I couldn’t make it work.  I thought I was wrong because of what I thought about the church, for getting a divorce. But, I always remembered this verse.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

When I was a single Mom, reality set in. I needed to be patient once again. I began to let God take control. I would find the perfect someone someday.

In time. Be patient. Be still.

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord” Psalms 40:1-3

I stopped looking for it and just lived my life with my two handsome boys. Then I met Chasin. He was my gift from God. The patience I needed at times before this was overwhelming but I knew my God had someone out there for me and my boys. I was right!!

Now I have 4 children (ages 13 to 3 years old). I catch myself sometimes either hollering at them or feel like I could just pull my hair out. Then I remember PATIENCE!!! God has got me through every time I feel I needed it. (It also helps to remember that I love them no matter if they are being bad or good, ha-ha!)

 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2

What is your story? Do you struggle with patience with anything or anyone in your life? Did you find a way to have more patience in your life, how do you do it? Next week will be self-control…. kind of goes with patience, don’t you think?!

Many, many blessings!



  1. Great one! Oh wow, I'm in some desperate need for some patience, I'm not sure Abbey is praying hard enough =0 ABBEY! Pray harder!! LOL I mostly need the most patience with my hubby and my sweet angelic children AND while driving. I almost got in a headon collision on the way to work this morning, they were going very slowly around some bicicycles. I came to complete stop and I still thought they were going to hit me. Thank you Lord for getting me to work safely!! OH and please give me an extra dose of patience for the things I mentioned above. Amen.

  2. Just because it's not happening for you doesn't mean she isn't praying for her prayer pal!!! Remember, God's will!!! :) I'll say an extra prayer!!

  3. Patience is something that I struggle with every day. I struggle, but it doesn't control me like it used to. With God's grace, I am way more at peace with His timing. Except when I am behind the wheel. I have zero patience for stupid drivers, but I kind of like that. Makes the drive a little more exciting! ;) We are all works in progress aren't we?!

  4. Marci... you are too funny! So true. It is a struggle but we are all a work in progress for sure!