Her voice has blessed my ear and my heart every week for fifteen years.
Some years we’ve talked more often than others, years when we desperately needed someone to hold our heart and carry us to the Father when we could not carry ourselves.
Our voices have gently held the other through death of loved ones, relationships, and dreams. But we’ve also laughed and encouraged, and most of all prayed. After all the sharing is done to catch each other up, we pray.
And though the conversations fall sweet and helpful, the prayer time always releases the truth we need to hear.
As she prayed for me the other day, she hesitated and a nervous giggle escaped.
“Oh,” she said, “Um . . . you aren’t going to like the word that keeps coming to my mind as I’m praying for you.”
“What is it?” I couldn’t resist. If God is giving my prayer buddy a “word” it really doesn’t matter if I like it or not, I want to KNOW.
“Well . . . ” she hesitated. “”It’s the word patience.”
Now normally when I hear that word, I react like everyone else. I’m not a fan. Patience and wait are brother and sister in my book, and nobody likes to WAIT!
But this is the cool thing I experience about words from God received during prayer; they do not burden, but bring some sort of freedom or peace.
And that is what happened to me when my friend told me that God was telling me to be patient.
“I like it!” I responded, much to her surprise.
For the first time in my life the word patience grew wings. Rather than immediately thinking of having to wait, I felt hope.
You see, if someone tells you to be patient, that means whatever you are waiting for will come. The word wait doesn’t do that for me, but the word patience does.
“I feel like He’s given me a kiss and a promise with that word,” I told the ear on the other end of the cell phone. I could feel her relief and her smile.
Here’s our English definition:
Patience: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.“you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross” (Google definition)
- Finding treasures in the dross.
Pour your coffee, grab a journal and Bible, and let the Lord love on you this week with these verses about patience. I’m actually pretty excited about this topic. We’ve never studied it together. You can join me every morning M-F at 8:20 ET in my kitchen as I teach on each bite on the Daily Broadcast via Facebook Live or my You Tube channel where it’s posted after the live broadcast.
Proverbs 19:11: A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
Romans 2:4: Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Colossians 3:12: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
2 Timothy 4:2: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
James 4:7: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (Hmmmm…not sure how this one got in the reading plan. It says nothing about patience except maybe it does . . . ) I’m trusting somebody needed this verse this week!
2 Peter 3:15: Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. (LOVE THIS!)
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What are you patiently waiting for?
I pray this gives you some peace and hope.
That’s what our God is all about.
Digging Deep to Live Fully,