Tag Archives: patience

Let’s Be Honest

It’s not always easy.

No, sometimes it’s very, very difficult

to have patience with others.

I don’t care if you’re driving and suddenly cut off by an angry driver

or buying groceries at the local store when someone pushes in front of you

or even in church where you experience the frustrations of another

 when you accidentally sit in their seat.

We all experience impatient people.

So what do you do?

How do you handle difficult moments like these?

I think it begins with each one of us.

First, let’s have patience with ourselves.

Yes, take a deep breath and accept your immediate reaction of frustration

and then give yourself understanding.

Yes, first give yourself patience.

And then look at that one

who rattled you so unexpectedly

and give them grace. Yes, grace.

Life is tough.

Pressures abound on every side.

We never know the difficulties another is facing

so give them grace

and whisper a prayer for that frustrated soul.

Again and again when I do that

I find that peace returns and once more I am able to move forward.

 

I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world. John 16:33 Message

 

 

Let The Light Shine For You Today

1798566_10201753137646557_2117107_nThe cold winds of winter rip against my jacket

and flip my scarf as I go about my daily activities.

I long to enjoy all these moments but I must admit there are times

that the harshness of the season stirs within me

a longing to fast forward to spring –

a time when the warm gentle breezes delight my soul

and the blooming flowers encourage my heart.

But for now it’s winter.

Outside my home is a lamp post

whose light has refused to come on for weeks.

New light bulb and all

but still it refused to shine.

Until suddenly last week at a most unexpected moment

I noticed

the light was shining brightly

and my soul rejoiced with wonder and surprise.

At almost the same time I remembered  those familiar words of the psalmist

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23: 6

Brilliant light flooded my soul as these precious words came to mind.

All the days – spring, summer, fall and most of all winter.

Goodness and mercy will follow me.

They are here

following me as I race inside to the warmth of home

and dash outside again to get in my car again.

God’s goodness and keeping are mine

His mercy surrounds my life.

I do not understand it but I know that it is true.

For me

and for you.

He is with us – tenderly caring for us and knowing our human struggles.

Let the light come on today wherever you are.

Glorious oceans of warming light as your heart is touched with His eternal Love.

And as we muse together on His Love

together we dwell in His Keeping.

Lord, It’s So Hard To Wait

image02Waiting is so painfully difficult.

Praying, pleading for God to answer

to do something

anything

To step in and give some small glimpse of His Glorious Presence and Mighty Power.

But the sun sets on one more day without any sign

or trace of hope.

Nothing at all.

Waiting can be so very hard.

Where are you, Lord?

Do you hear my prayer?

Do you see?

I’m tempted to force a solution –

To push invisible boulders out of the way like Sarah of old

Foolish flesh

Impatient spirit

“Learn to trust Me,” He whispers.

Behind every wait our Father works

tenderly, lovingly, carefully preparing the way.

His Time will never be hurried.

Many wait for years and years

tear stained prayers

on bended knees

Outstretched hands and open mouths.

Waiting is so very hard.

But

when the answer comes

after so many days and months and years of waiting

joy breaks forth with  symphonies of praise

and glorious overflowing.

Angels singing as I slowly begin to realize that He’s teaching me to trust His Will.

Humbled soul bowed low in worship as once more His Love washes over me.