Lessons in Patience

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I first saw this on Pinterest awhile ago, and it's really been on my mind a lot lately.  Faith in God includes faith in His timing.  It's something to think about, huh?

Now I'll be the first to admit that patience is not one of my better virtues; I'm kind of like a less-spoiled, less-demanding Veruca Salt -- I want it now!.  I've never been a particularly patient person, though I've often wanted to be since my impatience often causes me stress.  I feel like lately God has been finding ways to teach me patience.

The biggie, obviously, is waiting for a baby.  That's been an 18-month lesson in the making.  There are other smaller things though too.  We've been dealing with some work drama where Tom's concerned (among other things, he doesn't have the job he was offered because the girl he was replacing kept pushing back her quit date, then decided not to quit.  We were thrilled).  I've been wondering though if we went through all that crap so that we could have a better opportunity (he has an interview for an AMAZING job tomorrow, so we would appreciate any good thoughts/vibes/prayers).

Other little things I've noticed are traffic detours and blockings, waiting for a window replacement, and a lot of things I experience every day as a preschool teacher.  When they first happen, I never really think much of them, but upon reflection, it seems like all these seemingly random little occurrences are teaching me to be more patient.

I need to remember more often to stop, breathe, and calm down.  Getting annoyed, frustrated, upset, or angry isn't going to help anything.  It won't make anything happen any faster than it's supposed to happen.  I need to stop being such a control freak and give my worries to God.

I signed up a couple of weeks ago for HappyRambles, an online gratitude journal.  Every night, they send me an email, and I respond with five things I am grateful for.  I think it's been helping me have a better view on life.  I would consider myself a generally positive person, but I'm prone to mood swings (hello, hormone imbalance!) and feelings of doubt, so I'm not always Penelope Perkypants.  I feel like this gratitude journal has been improving that; I've been feeling generally better about my life and I've been having fewer jealous feelings (which has been WONDERFUL).

Even though I'm a grownup, I'll never be done growing as a person.  And I really like that.

There's always room for improvement :)

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  1. That sounds like a pretty neat website! I might check that out.
    I also have a hard time being patient. It's difficult when you know what you want to have to wait for it! I try to remind myself that everything is on God's time, not mine.

    1. It's really hard to do sometimes. I sometimes have to mentally remind myself to calm down and wait. I've really enjoyed HappyRambles though...you should definitely check it out!



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