This Week’s #Devotingmothers Devotional: Patience

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Patience

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23a

God’s word says when we give ourselves over to the Holy Spirit, we will experience the fruit of patience. I’ll confess that patience does not come naturally to me. If I’m going to have patience, it’s surely from God and not from my own fortitude!

I like Joyce Meyer’s definition of patience in her book Battlefield of the Mind, “Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” It’s all in the attitude, and that’s where I need both God’s help in offering patience, and His grace when I allow my flesh to take over and just plain lose it.

How about you? Does patience come naturally to you? Or are you more prone to a quick fuse? How do you call upon God to help you have patience?

Reflection

Patience with family is love.
Patience with others is respect.
Patience with self is confidence.
Patience with God is faith.
-Unknown

This quote is attributed to so many people on the internet that I think it’s safe to say it’s actual origins are unknown. Regardless of who actually said it first, I find it very helpful. I strive to have patience with my family, others in my life, myself, and my God for multiple reasons, and all of them bring light and love. Asking God for the discipline of patience is worthwhile and beneficial.

Many of the epic bible stories that we know even from childhood are at the root about patience: Abraham and Sarah, Joseph and his brothers, Job, Hannah, even Jesus’ own life. In the Old Testament there are multiple references of the Israelites and others testing God’s own patience (Psalm 78:41, Psalm 95:9, Psalm 106:14, Isaiah 7:13, Micah 2:7). Maybe the Bible talks so much about patience because it’s a life long pursuit in our quest to become more Christ-like.

Prayer

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be PATIENT in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Romans 12:10-13

Dear Father,

Thank You for your patience with me, and all of Your people throughout time. For the many times I disappoint, frustrate and anger You, I am humbled by Your never ending love and compassion. Lord, I ask that you remind me of how You treat me, so that I may treat others the same.

There is no where I want this more than in my parenting.  I want to parent my children with genuine affection, grace, persistence, and service. Even when I’m exhausted, depleted, frustrated or angry. When I feel these emotions, let me come to You instead of exploding. Provide me with Your comfort and restraint, so that I can be a healthy example to my children and family.

Amen

Reflection II

Finishing is better than starting.

   Patience is better than pride.

Control your temper,

   for anger labels you a fool.

Don’t long for “the good old days.”

   This is not wise.

Ecclesiastes 7:8-10

Parenting is just one big experiment in patience. Right from the beginning, as soon as you become pregnant, your patience is tested. I’ve never met a woman nearing her due date that doesn’t get a little impatient to meet her new baby! From caring for a newborn who cries incessantly, to dealing with a toddler having a temper tantrum, motherhood is the laboratory in which we create our patience. Fortunately, we do not have to do our work alone. We have our Creator and His owner’s manual, the Bible, that helps us along and provides guidance.

Remember

Be still in the presence of the Lord,

   and wait patiently for him to act.

Don’t worry about evil people who prosper

   or fret about their wicked schemes.

Stop being angry!

   Turn from your rage!

Do not lose your temper—

   it only leads to harm.

For the wicked will be destroyed,

   but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.

Psalm 37:7-9

 

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