What Patience Looks Like {Moms in the Word}

I am hesitant to begin our next study until after we travel (which we are still unsure of when that will be), but I am hoping we can begin again in August, with a formal, community study. In the mean time, I am still reading His word and want to share what I'm learning about here. I encourage you to continue to link up!

Patience

I have wondered over the course of the last months how one learns patience. I thought that practice makes perfect...you know, the more circumstances that occur, the more patient it makes you? But that's not necessarily what I've found. I found I grow more impatient with more trials and I didn't understand why until last night.

"Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have it's perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." James 1:2-4

Last week a dear woman at my church suffered a stroke. Upon hearing this news I cried; she has been such an instrument of encouragement and support in my family's life and to hear of her suffering through pain and trial saddened me greatly.

A few days later, that passage from James {above} popped up on her Facebook. First, I was overjoyed to know she is recovering enough to be able to post on Facebook! But more than that, her post encouraged me because she was the one going through the trial and it was as if she was telling everyone, "Hey, it's OK. This is good for me in order to grow. God is using it!" 

Typically, I see people share such passages with others going through trials; rarely do I see someone use it on themselves.

Just Let It

It wasn't but a few days later would these verses further encourage me in my own trial. As we continue to face minor adoption delays, they all seem like mountains to me. And admittedly, my reaction to the initial news is usually not gratitude to face another trial. And I lamented how hard it is to learn patience.

But patience isn't something to be learned through the compilation of more and more trials. James says, "...let patience have its perfect work..."

Just let it. {My cousin Michael helped me realize this through a song he wrote called, Let Patience}.

Just let it. Don't resist the trial, but accept it. That doesn't mean there isn't a fight involved, spiritually. But let go of the control. Let go of the belief that things should be different or the notion that it isn't fair (because it probably isn't). Let go of believing your story ought to look like someone else's. Let go of the belief that life is easy. Let go of unrealistic expectations.

Let patience have its perfect work.

Just let it go (cue Frozen song here). ;)

So that's what patience is, huh?

What are you learning this week?

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