My description of paper thin patience might be somewhat like yours:
-my car was in need of a repair again!
-the rent was due and my bank account needed a drink
-the girls were ill and I hoped my employment would be ok for more time off
-the sink was plugged, the roof was leaking and the owner wasn’t returning my calls
-dealing with some ex issues
-I was lonely and wondered if I would ever get re-married because it wasn’t happening
-my job wasn’t fulfilling and the search for a new one wasn’t proving successful
-I was tired of running errands
-I didn’t feel like I had much wisdom in raising my girls alone
With a heavy sigh, a few tears, a good night’s sleep, and a much needed chat with God, I gained confidence to keep moving ahead.
James 1: 2-4 (CEV) says, “My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything”.
Patience doesn’t come naturally to me and I can truthfully say some days I didn’t want to be as James said and be completely mature! It wasn’t a pretty sight with me stamping my feet and steam coming out of my ears! Ha Ha God is Perfect Patience and loves to help us be mature and not lacking in anything.
Learning to develop patience doesn’t have to be a negative. Even though my patience wore paper thin many times, circumstances drew me to trust God and grow into maturity. Learning patience meant I could pay it forward by helping others and testifying that God was my help.
From Joanna Weaver’s book, Lazarus Awakening, she writes about God’s timing. “And neither do the events of our lives, no matter how it may feel. If we’ll rest in God’s goodness and trust His perfect, sovereign timing, we’ll be able to say along with David, ‘My times are in your hands’ (Psalm 31:15). Even when the hourglass seems to be running out and waiting proves the most difficult work we do. For you can’t rush a resurrection, nor can you hurry God along”…..However, we can count on this: God is at work.”
How is your patience these days? Troubles are here but God will help you learn patience and endurance in this Single Mom journey. Our paper thin patience can change for the greater good. So hurry up, what you are waiting for!
- Ask God to help you in these days with your patience list
- Understand that patience doesn’t have to be negative
- When something comes your way to test your patience, breathe and ask God for help.
- Be encouraged. God is at work!
YOU CAN DO THIS!