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Devotional Thoughts for Women
The Patience Song
Do you have a favorite song? There is a song that I sing that is not the favorite of anyone in our family, because it is called The Patience Song. It is usually sung by me when someone is showing particular impatience about something, and they need a gentle reminder to take a deep breath. After several years of hearing the song, all I have to do now is ask, “Do I need to sing the Patience Song?” That question is immediately met by an emphatic “No!” or a rolling of the eyes or maybe even a daring glare. Truth be told, there have been a few times when I have been called out for my own impatience, and then I get asked, “Do you want me to sing you the Patience Song?” I just have to laugh at getting a dose of my own medicine.
A lack of patience has cost me – on more than one occasion. For instance, I burned a hole in a new blouse because I was too impatient to iron it correctly. I needed to use a damp handkerchief to protect the delicate fabric, but I was in a hurry and didn’t want to take the time to mess with all of that. Result? One new lovely shirt in the trash. And I can’t count how many of my husband’s dress shirts I ruined over the years because I was too impatient to check pockets for ink pens – I just wanted to get the laundry going. Sometimes, being impatient can cost a lot more than a few ruined shirts.
In Genesis 12, God called Abraham to leave his homeland to go to a country God would show him and give to him and his descendants. At this time, Abraham was 75 years old and childless, but God promised him that he would have descendants as numerous as the dust of the earth. (Genesis 13:15-16) Fast forward ten years to Genesis 16:1 which says, Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. Granted, ten years is a long time to wait for a child, and Sarah’s patience (and trust in God) had run out. She decided to take matters into her own hand, and came up with the “brilliant” idea of giving her maid Hagar to her husband as another wife so he could have children by her. A year later, Ishmael was born to Hagar and Abraham, and as a result, Sarah was even more unhappy than before. God’s plan and His will were not to be thwarted, even by an impatient and unhappy woman. The son of promise, Isaac, was finally born to Abraham and Sarah about 14 years later. Sarah ultimately received the longed-for child, but at a cost of great jealousy, grief and pain as Hagar and Ishmael were banished, and the descendants of the two sons of Abraham fought and continue to fight even until this day…all because Sarah became too impatient.
Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit we are to grow in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23) Another word for patience is long-suffering. It is cultivating an attitude of perseverance. Sometimes, we suffer long as we wait when waiting feels like a burden that is weighing us down. Having patience means that we are able to stand up under that burden and bear it. We stand strong under it; we don’t let it crush us.
Patience is required in our relationships with other people and in our own relationship with God. There are people who try our patience and give new meaning to “suffering long”! But in those cases, we must strive to remember that God suffers long with us and is always patient, therefore, we must practice patience with others. Sometimes our patience is tested when it comes to waiting on the Lord. We pray, we wait, we beg, we plead, and all we hear is silence from above. We wonder, “Is God listening?” “Does He care?” What do you think Sarah was thinking as she waited day after day, then year after long year for God to keep His promise and bless her and her husband with a son? In such instances, it is all too easy to become impatient and try to take matters into our own hands, but when we try to exert our will over God’s will, it never turns out well. God’s timing is always perfect, and patience trusts in it.
The next time you are tempted to become impatient, maybe the Patience Song will help you to remember some important things…
Have patience, have patience, don’t be in such a hurry! When you get impatient, you only start to worry. Remember, remember, that God is patient too, and think of all the times when others have to wait for you. ~Heather Pryor
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Heart to Heart November 2017 – Featured article: Reach Out and Touch Someone Featured Recipes: Fruit Salsa and Turkey Vegetable Soup
Heart to Heart October 2017 – Featured article: Rizpah the Defender Featured Recipe: Caramel Apple Pie
Heart to Heart September 2017 – Featured article: Just Say “No” Featured Recipes: Lemon Garlic Fish and Sweet Potato Slaw
Heart to Heart August 2017 – Featured article: Becoming a Bible Student Featured Recipes: Fresh Tomato Pie and Tomato Cucumber Salad
Heart to Heart July 2017 – Featured article: Hang On, Help Is On the Way Featured Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie
Heart to Heart June 2017 – Featured article: Four Words that are Hard to Pray Featured recipe: Chocolate Pizza
Heart to Heart May 2017 – Featured article: Chosen Featured recipe: Scripture Cake
Heart to Heart April 2017 – Featured article: Do You Love Me? Featured recipe: Resurrection Rolls
Heart to Heart March 2017 – Featured article: Should I or Shouldn’t I? Featured recipe: Zucchini Ratatouille
Heart to Heart January 2017 – Featured article: Adjust Your Focus Featured recipe: Paul’s Chili
Heart to Heart December 2016 – Featured article: Talk to Me! Featured recipe: Pumpkin Soup
Heart-to-Heart-November-2016 – Featured article: Quiet Time Featured recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars and Better Than Anything Cake
Heart-to-Heart-October-2016 – Featured article: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Featured recipe: Biscuits and Gravy Casserole
Heart to Heart September 2016 – Featured article: Do You Know Your Bible? Featured recipe: BLT Chicken Salad
Heart to Heart August 2016 – Featured article: Called to Holiness Featured Recipes: Spanish Round Steak and Cherry Delight
Heart to Heart July 2016 – Featured article: When God says “No” Featured Recipes: Fruit-Infused Waters (6 variations)
Heart to Heart June 2016 – Featured article: Life is short, use the china Featured Recipes: Tarragon Tuna Salad and Raspberry Soup
Heart to Heart May 2016 – Featured article: What Will I Wear? Featured Recipe: Fresh Orange Scones
Heart to Heart April 2016 – Featured article: Hide and Seek Featured Recipe: Strawberry Rolls
Heart to Heart March 2016 – Featured article: Good, Better, Best Featured Recipes: Beverly’s Breakfast Casserole and Lemon Rosemary Shortbread
Heart to Heart February 2016 – Featured article: Conspicuous Christianity Featured Recipes: Broccoli Cauliflower Salad and White Chocolate Party Mix
Heart to Heart January 2016 – Featured article: Get Ready! Featured Recipes: Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and Hot Spiced Cranberry Punch
Heart to Heart December 2015 – Featured article: Luke’s Lemonade Featured Recipes: White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies and Peppermint White Chocolate Cocoa
Heart to Heart November 2015 – Featured article: Fasting and Feasting Featured Recipe: Cranberry Gelatin Salad and A Thanksgiving Tree
Heart to Heart October 2015 – Featured article: The Boo Hoo Award Featured Recipe: Pumpkin Rolls with Cinnamon Butter
Heart to Heart September 2015 – Featured article: The Student Who Taught the Teacher Featured Recipe: Zucchini Au Gratin
Heart to Heart August 2015 – Featured article: The B-I-B-L-E: Is that the Book for Me? Featured Recipe: Coconut Cream Pie Bars
Heart to Heart July 2015 – Featured article: Red Sea Moments Featured Recipes: Chicken Pesto Casserole and Homemade Pesto Sauce
Heart to Heart June 2015 – Featured article: Getting Back to Basics Featured Recipes: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Pacs, All-Natural Grout Cleaner, and Summertime Air Freshener
Heart to Heart May 2015 – Featured article: Could God Have Chosen You? Featured Recipes: Yogurt Parfaits and Lemon Rosemary Scones
Heart to Heart April 2015 – Featured article: Bored by the Bible? Featured Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
Heart to Heart March 2015 – Featured article: The First Five Minutes Featured Recipe: Stuffed Peppers
Heart to Heart Feb 2015 – Featured article: A Servant of the Church, Helper of Many Featured recipes: Sweet Lemon Chicken, Chocolate Almond Clusters
Heart to Heart Jan 2015 – Featured article: Is Your Diffuser Working? Featured recipe: Homemade Crunchy Apple Slices
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