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Patient Endurance

ďSo do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do Godís will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.Ē1

I donít know about you, but I am not great at being still and waiting. I like to be an ďactive participantĒ who tries to make things happen faster! I am a fixer and a go-getter. So, when things happen in my life where there is literally nothing I can do to speed up the process or fix the situation, I know it is Godís way of gently reminding me that He has it all under control. He is working in ways I cannot see, and I need to trust and have patient endurance in the process. I read the following about patience a while ago, and it has really been a great reminder during times when I get impatient.

Patience is:

1. the ability to sit back and wait for an expected outcome without experiencing anxiety, tension, or frustration.

2. the ability let go of your need for immediate gratification and be willing to wait.

3. the trait that displays tolerance, compassion, understanding, and acceptance toward those who are slower than you in developing maturity, emotional freedom, and coping abilities.

4. the ability to remain calm in the midst of turmoil because you know God is in control.

When unexpected situations arise in your life, be intentional and take a moment to think of what God wants to grow in you through it. For me, patient endurance is often what is needing to grow through difficult circumstances. My job is to be faithful with what God has given me to do and let him handle the rest.

Suggested prayer: Dear God, thank you for the situations that you allow in my life to help me grow to be more like you. I donít have to worry because you are always in control. Even when it is difficult or I donít understand the outcome, I trust you are always good, and you care for me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesusí name, amen.

  1. Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT).

 

Todayís Encounter was written by: Crystal B.

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