Have patience, have patience
Don’t be in such a hurry
When you get impatient, you only start to worry
Remember, remember that God is patient, too
And think of all the times when others have to wait for you
Have you ever heard this chorus?
Maybe you sang it as a kid?
Or better yet, had it sung to you?
Oh no, I can just hear the collective inward and outward groans abound as you read the word patience.
Who wants to learn patience?
No one raises their hands.
“Let’s pray for patience” said no one ever, especially if they have already done so.
Patience as defined in the dictionary is: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and some say it’s a virtue. Patience is something that is often hard to come by in the fast pace, fast food, “I want it my way, and I want it now” society we live in.
Yet, we are told clearly in Scripture more than once to wait and have patience.
As you read the book of Habakkuk, you will notice that Habakkuk is complaining and asking God how much longer wickedness and evil would continue. (sound familiar?)
Habakkuk is upset and frustrated and God answers him with words of hope and instructions to wait on God’s timing and His plans. Something Habakkuk was having a hard time with, so God tells Habakkuk to write out the vision, and keep it in front of himself and the people. Not just speak about it, pray about it, or declare it, but to also W-R-I-T-E it out. To write it out, so that no one can mistake what God spoke, or misunderstand the hope and instructions He gave.
The same is true for us. When God speaks to us and fills our hearts with dreams, visions and promises, He wants us to write it out, to speak about it, pray about it, and declare it over our life. He wants us to be patient, to trust Him and to keep our eyes focused on Him no matter obstacles come our way.
You will find that when God gives you a dream or vision it often comes with obstacles. But the key is to wait patiently, follow the Lords instructions and allow Him to Guide you! The enemy likes to try to get our eyes off of what God has promised and onto the obstacles that he throws in our way.
Remember, God is always true to His word. If He said it, He will do it. Not our way, but His. Not on our time table, but His. We must patiently wait for it, even if it is slow in coming.
Has God given you a dream or a vision?
Have you taken the time to write it out?
Have you already seen it come to pass?
Or are you waiting for it to come about?
Just as the title graphic image below, sometimes, we have to wait for the tree to grow and fill the space between the gap of where we are now, and where God wants us to be!
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Esther Dorotik’s post: AT THE CROSSROADS – WHEN YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’VE BEEN BUT NOT WHERE YOU’RE GOINGS – WHEN YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’VE BEEN BUT NOT WHERE YOU’RE GOING
Received the most view this week. I love Esther’s wisdom as she shares about Hagar in this blog post. This line is such a powerful take away: Expectations and past disappointments can cloud our vision of victory, increase fear of failure, add debilitating doubt, and trash our trust in Him ~ Esther Dorotik
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Nysle Esahc wrote about 10 ways we can respond to those individuals I like to call “Grace Growers.” It seems lately, I have had a lot of opportunities to put into practice these 10 tips from Nysle.
How To Respond to the Unkind Person in Your Life
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Love that verse from Habakkuk! I look back on things He’s revealed and completely forgotten the details. Writing it down is such a vital step!
Thank you for featuring me this week!!
Esther, you are most welcome for the feature this week! I have done the same thing, with not writing things down and then forget the details. I think, “Oh, I will remember that!” and then I forget the finer details. Yes, write it down, write it down, write it down is my mantra right now. LOL
Funny thing- I woke up in the dead of night last night, with that EXACT verse from Habakkuk on my mind! Kinda love when God speaks in this way! 🙂
Great message, Debbie!
Thank you Rachel! I love the way God works to confirm things He is speaking to us 🙂 Hopefully, you were able to fall back asleep after being woken up like that. Thanks for sharing in the comments today.
Thank you so much for the party, Debbie. Have a great day!
You are most welcome Jas! I always look forward to your posts.
Oh that word “patience” is the first lesson of this year connected with my one word of sufficient! Waiting as I heard the Lord say to “be patient” with the searching of the right medication is definitely not easy! But HE is so trustworthy as I keep my focus on Him! Thank you for this confirmation that I needed to hear today.
Oh Bettie, yes, I can see how ‘patience’ is connected to sufficient, but you are right, the lessons and the waiting are so not easy sometimes. I am in the midst of waiting for a lot of things, that I would rather not have to patiently wait for, like medical test results. You are so right, keeping our focus on Him and knowing He is trustworthy makes a huge difference. You are most welcome for todays post, I needed it as much as anyone and I am glad it gave you the confirmation you needed too. Blessings my sweet friend!
I was just working on a piece about patience and it occurred to me that all the other fruit of the Spirit are enhanced if we are practicing patience. We so need His help with this one!
Oh – that is a great point and good revelation Michele! The other fruits are indeed enhanced, if we practice patience. I am the first to admit I need help with this one. 🙂
Prayed for patience once. Never will again!!!
Oh me too Susan… never again will I pray and ask for it, I have enough in my life that comes along that helps me practice it .. LOL
I hope your February gets off to a great start!
So far so good Lisa!
So very true. Thanks for sharing this. I need to always remember this. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a wonderful week.
Thanks Patrick! You are most welcome, so glad to give you the reminder 🙂 You have a wonderful weekend as well.
Thank you for hosting. I linked my Sweetheart Bark, Red Wings Hot Popcorn, and Red Velvet Banana Bread for that Valentine reminder. I hope you enjoy them! Have a happy week! #OverTheMoon #WWBlogHop #ThursdayFavoriteThings
Marilyn – I saw the sweetheart bark earlier and it had my mouth watering! yummy and what a great idea for the red wings popcorn in time for Super Bowl Sunday!
There are so many promises in God’s word associated with waiting on Him. Patience comes with lots of rewards!
Elizabeth – you are so very right. Maybe that is why it so hard to be patient sometimes? Thoughts to ponder on. Thanks for your thoughts 🙂
I despise waiting but I have learned to wait well most of the time. I like what you said about writing your vision out.
Thanks Maree and you are not alone in despising waiting – I am glad you have leaned the part about waiting well, at least most of the time. That is a lesson, I apparently still need to learn myself. I am in the midst of waiting on something right now that is 2 weeks over the deadline and out of my control…. definitely an act and lesson in patience, but it’s not fun.
Debbie, I always love your messages, but this one especially touched me. Yes, I sang that chorus as a child, and I need to start singing it to myself again! 🙂
Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party. I’m featuring this week!
Thank you Richella! It means so much to me to hear how my words touched you and YAY for being featured today! I love that you too sang the chorus as a child. Oh what memories came flooding back to me when I wrote those words. hahaha… Have an awesome week and thank you for featuring me 🙂