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!