Posts Tagged ‘patience’

There is a prayer I say today and every day

I’m better at some of those things than others, but with God’s help, I know I can become better at all of them. I pray God will give each of those qualities so that we may help those around us who need to know God’s love.

I don’t know about you, but I know that I am not the most patient person in the world. I do try to be patient, but it’s just not something I’m very good, so maybe the following is something I need to remind myself whenever I start getting impatient.

 

God is patient with us, even when we ignore Him or disappoint Him.

I don’t know about you, but patience is definitely not one of my strong points! So thank goodness God has more patience than me!

God’s patient with us because He knows He can provide all we ever need.

I hope you enjoy the beautiful hymn tune St Teresa played here by Kettering Salvation Army Band.

I don’t know about you, but I still struggle to be patient. I’ve often thought that being a perfectionist makes me even more impatient, as it means I expect perfection from myself all the time, and when I fail at something, or don’t do it to the time or quality I expect, I get annoyed and frustrated with myself.

Thankfully, God knows and understands that the worries of our lives, our families, our finances, our work, all combine to make it difficult for us to be patient when we’re struggling with life.

Colossians 3:12-13 (NIV)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

I need patience, do you?

Just remember God can help us find patience even during our most difficult of day, so turn to Him, and ask Him to teach you how to be patient, particularly during times of trial.

Patience with others is love. Patience with self is hope. Patience with God is faith.

Are you patient?

Do you show love to all you meet?

Is your life full of hope?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no”, your life is incomplete. Jesus can give you peace by helping you be patient and love, and by doing these things you will find hope and your faith in God will increase.

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

In my blog post on the last day of 2012, where I reviewed how I got on with the aims I’d made at the start of 2012 (in My Aims 2012 – Review of the Year), I spoke about how I have tried (and failed often) to be more patient with others. So although I haven’t made patience a specific aim for this new year, I do intend to try to be more patient.

As patience is something I know many of us find difficult to attain and retain, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on patience with you today.

Before we go any further, can I ask you to close your eyes for 30 seconds…
Closed-eyes

Did that feel like ages?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not really a very patient person. If someone is doing something for me, I expect it to be done now. If I get something new, I want to use it now. If someone does something wrong I get frustrated.

Maybe that’s why I find it so hard to wait for God‘s answers to my questions and my prayers!

…and yet I know God will always answer my prayers, maybe not today or tomorrow, maybe not in the way I wanted on expected, but He will answer them.

So why not join me today in pledging to be more patient, not just with others but also with God.

I’ve always hated the way I act, or maybe more accurately, the way I react in certain situations, however in this last week I’ve had more occasions than usual to hate myself for the way I react.

I mentioned earlier in the week in 10 Weeks and Counting, that my Dad’s now been in hospital for 10 weeks, so as you can imagine that is quite stressful and also very tiring. I’m not trying to make excuses but, I do know that when I’m tired my patience seems to go into hiding.

After 10 weeks of hospital visiting and a very busy and at times stressful time at work, and worries about other family members, I really am shattered most of the time, my pain levels have increased significantly again over the last few weeks, and I just want to curl up and sleep all the time.

I love Mum and I know she’s finding thing particularly tough at present because of the situation with Dad as well as her ongoing stresses about her sister who’s living in a care home, but I have found myself getting more and more impatient and annoyed at Mum when she tells me the same things every day and seems to still expect Dad to suddenly get better, when we all know that’s not going to happen.

Even when I’m responding impatiently or getting annoyed inwardly, at Mum, I’m telling myself off, and wishing I could be more patient. I pray regularly for patience, but still I find it a struggle. I know God has a plan for me, and that patience is not part of that plan at present, so I’m trying to keep my impatience to myself, but I am finding it hard.

So I guess until I find patience is second nature to me, I’m going to have to get used to hating myself more and more at some of the thing I say and think when I find my patience stretched.

I suppose what I’d like as an outcome of today’s blog post is that, if you’re a praying person reading this, you would say a wee prayer for me, that I may become a more patient and understanding person.

Thank you.

God makes a promise; faith believes it; hope anticipates it; patience waits for it.

In yesterday’s blog post At The Right Time, I spoke about how God always gives us all we need, but in His time, so sometimes we have to wait hours, days, weeks, months or even years for the answer.

When we have to wait for anything, we can become impatient. But when we wait for God we must have faith, and by having faith in God to answer our prayers we can find patience knowing that God will answer our prayers, maybe not today or tomorrow, but He will answer our prayers in His time…we just have to wait!

In the last couple of days in Three Answers and Patience is Genius I’ve talked about prayer and how God sometimes answers our prayers the way we want, sometimes He answers them in a different way entirely and sometimes He simply says, “Not yet”.

Today I’m thinking about what we do when we feel God isn’t answering our prayers. i.e. When we get frustrated or annoyed that God doesn’t seem to be answering our prayers. Well I can talk from experience here, as a few years ago when I was at my lowest point and felt as if God had abandoned and forgotten about me, I turned to other people hoping they would meet my needs.

A few weeks ago I read the following quote from Joyce Meyer:

Stop looking to people to meet your needs. Stop going to them instead of Him!

I should have known better than to go to other people, as I’m sure it’ll not surprise you when I tell you that they let me down n really did abandon me. Yes that hurt me and disappointment me, but it all turned out well as if I’d just waited for God’s answer to my prayer instead of trying to force an answer from someone else, life would have been easier for me. Having said that though, it’s only because I’ve been through that situation that I can be honest with you here and urge you to keep talking to God, even if it seems He’s ignoring you…He’s not ignoring you He’s simply waiting until the time is right for Him to answer your prayers.

Here’s the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army playing Jesus Answers Prayer:

God does answer prayer, and He will answer your prayers in His time so be patient!

Did you read my blog post yesterday entitled Three Answers? – If not I’d suggest you read that, as today’s blog post follows on from that one.

Yesterday I spoke about how God can give three answers to our prayers, and today I want to concentrate on answer 2…Not Yet!

We live in the 21st century where we all seem to rush around from one place to another, and from one task to another, trying to do everything now, and wanting responses or answers immediately. Therefore is it any surprise that we expect or want the same immediate response from God to our prayers?!

Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius ~Georges-Louis Leclerc

Never a truer statement has been made, as yes, we must be patient, because God will not ignore us or deny us answers to our prayers, but will answer our prayers in His time rather than in our time!