Developing the Habit of Patience

Patience isn’t something that comes naturally for me, especially as a mother. I expect prompt attention when I’ve clearly communicated (which is always 🙂 ) and complete follow-through with my directives. NO arguing, ignoring, or disobedience, please! My patience wanes when my children make the same poor choices again and again… and again.

Patience is not needed when everything and everyone is peachy. No. It is when we’re challenged with the unruly, the interruption, the weariness from a relentless daily grind, or a constant drip of tension in the soul that patience becomes a desired and much needed virtue.

So, what’s a momma to do?!

Practice a New Habit

1 Timothy 4:7b exhorts us, “train yourself to be godly.”

It’s time to train ourselves in the righteous act of patience! I believe that it’s our poor habits that hold back our growth.

Beth Moore teaches that biblical patience is acquired from our delaying judgment. I really like this. Think about it. We can gain ground in patience when we are slow to judge – when we take a moment to seek God’s wisdom, to listen closely, and stop allowing our feelings and preferences to rule us!

This makes me think of James 1:19.
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

Again, it’s not easy or natural for me to walk in this! I’ve got two ears and one mouth like most people, but my mouth typically gets much more use!

With God’s strength, I’ve decided to do the hard work of replacing my quick-to-judge responses with God’s best: a habit of patience. Will you join me? 

 Let’s look at some amazing scriptures on patience to motivate us.

WOW! THERE’S POWER HERE!

Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. Proverbs 25:15

OH, YEAH! HUMILITY IS KEY!

The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8

WEAR PATIENCE LIKE CLOTHES!

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

GIRL, THIS TAKES INTENTIONAL TIME!

…be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2

AND LET’S NOT FORGET THE MOST AMAZING GRACIOUS GIFT OF PATIENCE THAT HAS BEEN SHOWN TO US!

Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance? Romans 2:4

 

LOVE!

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One thought on “Developing the Habit of Patience

  1. Yes, Yes, Yes….patience is crucial. I am learning this more and more. Developing patience looks different with every season of our kid’s lives. As little ones, the things we needed patience in was when they were whiney, wanted INSTANT attention, and were always making messes and sticky!! As adolescence, we needed patience in an ever BIGGER way as we worked through drama, hormones and intense emotions. Now our kids are young adults. I thought needing patience would dwindle down to almost nothing as they mature and grow. NOPE. They all learn every lesson differently and in the Lord’s time. One doesn’t save a penny on her own, even though we played Dave Ramsey through headphones into her ears as a four year old! HA! Another is still too straight-forward with the way he phrases things. Each year his words grow more and more tender as his heart grows closer and closer to the Lord….but I thought I was going to have to beat him with a shovel over that issue!!!!! For the young moms out there, I want to encourage you!! Take a deep breath, count backwards from ten. Don’t be overwhelmed with fear. Don’t over react. Stay calm if possible (smiling at how I POUNDED on a kid’s bedroom door when I was frustrated just a couple of months ago). Most of all — Don’t grow weary in doing good. You will reap a harvest if you do not give up!!!!!

    Thank you for this post, Amy! Awesome words!! Love ya! Tami

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