What is patience?

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What is patience?

It is the ability to tolerate delay, troubles and suffering without getting angry about it.

Most of us really need help in this area and I am the first one to raise my hand as this was one of the toughest lessons that I am still learning.

I want it and I want it now! Like most of us.

But I’ve come to realize that God has a time, his time and he is working together for our good, so we must just believe and be patient.

Just like anything else, it takes practice. I remember when I needed a job, I prayed for a job, I looked for a job, I begged for a job yet I couldn’t find one for eight long months yet I kept believing that he would provide and he did better than that, he gave me my own business.

For years I wanted out of my marriage, I put it out there, I prayed, I envisioned what it would be like to be free, I made vision boards of how it would look and feel, but it took 4 years to come to pass from the time I said I’m done till it was finally over.

It was again, in his time not mine, I was not ready, he was putting things in motion, so that when I left, I knew I could do this on my own.

I wanted to finish my book, but I couldn’t because I wasn’t done with all the chapters, how could I tell women to leave, to walk away and how it will be great when I didn’t know myself. How could I write about walking out on faith when I wasn’t ready to do that myself?

When I was done with my test, when I was finally free, my book flowed out of me. I had to write day and night, every free second because I was finally ready.

I remember when I was looking for a home, I wanted out but I couldn’t find one I could afford or liked, yet I kept believing and finally he gave me one close to my kids school, in a great neighborhood, one I could afford and one that had such a peaceful feeling to it, it was just what I needed. And then even without me asking he gave me one of my own that I now own.

Lately things have been coming at me, it’s been rough but with all I’ve gone through in the past, I know he will provide what I need, I just need to practice patience.

God will put you in a storm to see if you can hold on to your peace,

if we look forward and even though we don’t see it, can we wait patiently for it, with confidence.

All through these times I knew God was going to do what he said he would, I never lost faith.

You have to believe, to know without a doubt that it will happen.

Just like I put it into the atmosphere about being a New York Times bestselling author and an international blogger on the women of faith tour, I have no doubt it will happen…on his time not mine.

You need endurance to win, you need to endure the pain. Endure knowing that if you endure, you will eventually win.

Without endurance you will never win the race.

How do you endure? You have patience…

I delight in weakness, in insults, in persecution, in difficulties, for when I am weak, it is then I am strong.

Even when your down, even when others are criticizing you, even when it is dark and you cannot see the sun, you have to have faith, you have to have the patience to ensure.

I am still learning patience, its a daily thing for me but now I know that patience pays off. I always remember my mom saying “All good things come to those who wait” and her all time favorite “This too shall pass” and it’s true.

So today my friends, practice patience, endure during difficult times, pray and believe, the best is yet to come, because it is and I am living proof of that.

This was a public service message mostly to me but I hope you also got something out of it ….. because even the motivator needs motivation sometimes…

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