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Meditations for Practicing Patience

Meditations for Practicing Patience

Have patience, my friend, have patience; for Rome wasn’t built in a day! You wear yourself out for nothing in many and many a way! Why are you nervous and fretting when things do not move along fast; why let yourself get excited over things that will soon be past? ~ Gertrude Tooley Buckingham 

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success. ~ Brian Adams

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience is the companion of wisdom.  ~ St. Augustine

Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty. ~ John Ruskin 

Patience is poultice for all wounds.” ~ Irish Proverb

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.  ~ Carl Jung

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they.  ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Patience can’t be acquired overnight. It is just like building up a muscle. Every day you need to work on it.  ~ Eknath Easwaran

Patience is not just about waiting for something… it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.  ~ Joyce Meyer

We develop patience as we learn to live from an eternal perspective. (Habakkuk 2:3) If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surly take place. It will not be delayed.

Mary Zigan


FRUIT OF THE MONTH: PATIENCE . . . the virtue we wish everybody else had, but which we hope nobody expects out of us    

By Sharon Sheppard

“Lord, give me with patience,” we might mutter in a trying situation. But I don’t think I’ve ever 

heard anyone pray “Lord, give me lots of opportunities to be patient.” 

We’d rather God gave us a quick, painless, lifetime injection of patience with the hope that we would never actually have to use it. Unfortunately, we all regularly have an abundance of opportunities to exercise patience–more occasions than we ever wanted.

Sitting in traffic, for example, waiting for the kid in the car ahead of us to quit texting and realize that the light has turned green. Waiting for someone to show up who promised to be here 20 minutes ago. (Especially if that someone is habitually late.) Discovering we’re out of toilet paper and the person who does the household shopping is out of town.

If you’re a parent, I don’t need to cite examples, because you’ve had plenty of opportunities to exercise patience. But in all honesty, more often than not, irritation bubbles to the surface because we feel entitled to something we aren’t getting. We believe we have a right to expect courtesy, alertness, and a willingness on the part of other drivers to yield the right-of-way to us in traffic. We believe we have the right to expect that the volume of their listening devices should not cause our windows to vibrate.

What would happen if we decided to thank God whenever annoyance rears its angry head?

If another drive cuts in ahead of us, we might say, “Thanks, God, for protecting me from an accident.”

When traffic seems impossible, “God, thanks that I have a job to go to, and a car that runs.”

If a spouse doesn’t get everything done that she or he had intended, we might say, “Lord, thank you for the gift of a partner who is loving and faithful and who cares for me in so many ways.” 

The book of Proverbs has some wise things to say about patience:

A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels. (Prov. 15:1)

A short-tempered man (or woman) is a fool. (Prov. 14:17)

A wise man (or woman) restrains anger and overlooks insults. (Prov. 19:11)

A Conversation about Fruit: The Spirit Kind

A Conversation about Fruit: The Spirit Kind . . .  by Mary Zigan

Since we are going to be talking about the Fruit of the Spirit during the upcoming months, let’s consider what it is, and what purpose it plays in our lives.

The good news is that the seed of Jesus Christ actually impregnates believers with His Holy Spirit. Christ makes His home in us by nurturing what He calls His fruit: 9 character traits (listed in Galatians 5:22-23): love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, and when we invite Him to come into our heart to live within us, He reproduces Himself by putting this fruit–His characteristics–into the core of our being.

In August we talked about the character trait of goodness, and how trying to be the “goodest” person we can possibly be doesn’t work very well, because on our own, there is no way we can measure up. Bearing these kinds of good fruit in our life is not something we can do on our own. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me and I in them will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). It is the Holy Spirit working in our lives that allows us to bear good fruit that germinates and ripens and 

makes us beautiful.

  • What if I told you that by staying close to the vine (Jesus Christ), He enables us to do things we never thought possible?
  •  What if I told you that we can weather the storms of life with an inner strength and confidence we’ve imagined, but never felt?
  • What if I told you that we can experience the kind of joy and patience that will change the world around us, and the kind of peace that brings serenity and calmness sweeter than we’ve ever known?
  • What if I told you the cost of achieving all of this is free, available to all, and that this special offer never expires?

God has one eternal purpose for His children: that we be conformed to the image of His Son. Fortunately, He will supply the strength and power for us to bear luscious fruit as we believe in Him.

Stay tuned . . . there is so much more!

For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him. (Philippians 2:13)

Mary Zigan