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Making It Monday – Process of Patience – April 20 Devotions

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Hey, hey, it’s Monday again – how are you doing? Making it through the day so far? It’s fast approaching 3pm here in Maine and I’ve been busy since I got up the second time. The first time was about 4:50am to do my usual weekday morning routine to help hubby get out the door with his lunch and his full coffee thermos and travel mug; then I went back to bed to get a little more sleep and ended up not getting up again until close to 9am!

 

Seems like I typically lose Monday mornings to catching up with everything that didn’t get done over the weekend – housework, emails, messages, blog posts… So yeah, feeling a little impatient about not getting to OTHER stuff I need to do, yet…so today’s devotional thoughts were, once again, very timely… imagine that!

 

 

 

So onto today’s devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings– and check out my new page, where you can have an opportunity to put compassion into action.

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 “In the beginning chapters of the book of Genesis, we see a prophetic word that things will ‘come to pass.’ In fulfillment of this word, the expression ‘it came to pass’ is used hundreds of times throughout the KJV Bible. The last book of the Bible, Revelation, speaks of ‘things which must shortly come pass’ (see Revelation 1:1 KJV).

 

That should tell us in this life whatever exists now, or will exist in the future, is not permanent, but temporary. The good news is, no matter how dismal our current situation or outlook, we are assured by God, ‘This, too, shall pass.’

 

Life is a continual process in which everything is constantly changing. If we can grasp that truth, it will help us make it through the difficult times in which we find ourselves. It will also help us not to hold on too tightly to the good times, thinking, ‘If I ever lose all this, I just can’t make it.’

 

God wants us to enjoy all of life–not just its destination, but also the trip itself.” 

 

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”  

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“Father, I thank You for the people in my life who seem to bring more pain than joy, for I believe You have let our paths cross for important reasons. Thank You for the good things You want to do in my life through the things that bother me (their irritating habits – their moodiness – their unloving ways – their demands – their insensitivity – their unrealistic expectations).

 

I praise You that I need not fret about these people, or be envious, or mull over angry thoughts to prove I’m right. Thank You that by Your power I can receive them as You receive me: just as I am, warts and wrinkles and hang-ups and all…I can choose not to judge them, but to forgive them, to cancel any debts I feel they owe me–any apologies, any obligations…through Your grace, I can choose to wipe clean any slate of grievances I have within me, and to view these people with a heart that says, ‘You no longer owe me a thing.’

 

Thank You for Your spirit who empowers me, so that I can do them good, delight in You, and commit my way to You, resting in You as You unfold Your good purposes in these relationships –in Your time.”   

 

–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”

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-1- How many times I’ve heard that line: “This, too, shall come to pass.” So patience is a process…and ironically, we can’t learn patience without going through challenging or difficult times to develop patience! We have to give up the idea of instant gratification: “I want patience, and I want it RIGHT NOW!”  And enjoying the trip, not just the destination…good word!

 

-2- Again, the process of patience is involved while we go through trials and tribulations with our loved ones and others who, as this one says, sometimes bring us more pain than joy. And we just have to wait, patiently, while God works out the details…

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

Do you get impatient about gaining more patience in challenging, stressful, or difficult situations?

 

Do you find it even more difficult to be patient with people who seem to cause grief in your life, in one way or another?

12 Comments

  1. Tamala

    Patience is one of most professed virtues in the bible in addition to faith. It definitely is something I am learning to master and I think in part of it is that I’m learning to trust God entirely. With that trust there is no need to be in a frenzy at all times. I can breathe and just relax because I know all things are working together for good. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed this Karen. Thank you.

    20 . Apr . 2015
  2. Tamala

    I also shared this on Google Plus 🙂 Thank you again.
    Tamala recently posted..The Gift of Failure : A New Perspective

    20 . Apr . 2015
  3. Adela

    Patience is a difficult one. Mondays seem to sweep me away, leaving me with what seems to be little to show for my efforts. I am impatient to get going.

    Love your post. I plan to start my days with your devotional.
    Adela recently posted..Written in the Stars NaPoWriMo

    20 . Apr . 2015
  4. Salma

    It’s nice that you got to go back to sleep! I had a very productive Monday so I’m happy about that! Have a great week.
    Salma recently posted..Talking to Your Kids About Lying

    21 . Apr . 2015
  5. Dorit Sasson

    “This too shall pass” is what I tell myself daily when I feel life is just tugging at my sleeve and I’m feeling all chocked up. Luckily though, there have been fewer and fewer of those feelings. Perhaps I’m learning the powers of getting help! Great lessons and reminders!
    Dorit Sasson recently posted..Fight Anti-Semitism with the Power of Memoir

    21 . Apr . 2015
  6. Jenn Alex brockman

    Patience isn’t usually too hard for me other than when it comes to cooking. My patience fails in the kitchen pretty regularly.
    Jenn Alex brockman recently posted..Why I’m Taking My Special Needs Kids To Walt Disney World This Year

    21 . Apr . 2015
  7. Joan Harrington

    Thanks for the inspirational post today! Patience is indeed a virtue that I work on daily 🙂
    Joan Harrington recently posted..What You Don’t Know About Building A Profitable Blog

    21 . Apr . 2015
  8. Carol Cassara

    I also wrote about patience, last week. In that regard, though, I am a definite work in progress!
    Carol Cassara recently posted..Passing down digital assets

    21 . Apr . 2015
  9. Kimberly

    The only sure thing in life is change. Thank you for the reminder to be patient through the less than fun times.
    Kimberly
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    21 . Apr . 2015
  10. Shonda

    Patience has been a virtue I’ve easily been able to embrace. I am patient with children, things difficult for me to handle. Now my area of plight: tolerance. Especially when it comes to flighty people. 🙂
    Shonda recently posted..The Philippines: The forgotten beach destination

    21 . Apr . 2015
  11. Tandy

    Patience of Job… that’s always been a challenge for me. I absolutely love love love the patience quote by Joyce Meyer. SO true! Patience is the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.
    Tandy recently posted..Be a Joy Seeker

    21 . Apr . 2015
  12. Laurel Regan

    It seems to me that most people struggle with patience. Especially on Monday mornings! 😉
    Laurel Regan recently posted..NaPoWriMo + Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2015 – R is for…

    21 . Apr . 2015

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