Be Patient & GraceFull Tuesday Link-Up

Be Patient

Patience isn’t exactly easy. We know that patience is a virtue and one of the fruit of the Spirit. But patience always comes with waiting. And in today’s world? We work to eliminate everything that requires waiting. Sometimes it feels like there is a mountain in between what God said and promised to us and what we see now. It takes so much for our hearts to fight to believe. We pray, yet nothing changes. We pray more, and still we see no change. And it’s hard to know how to hold on and believe.

I’ve been thinking about patience these days. Mainly because I am challenged to be patient these days. Waiting isn’t exactly my strongest game — and the devil knows this too. In situations and seasons of waiting, it is challenging to be patient. So I am trying to find ways to learn to be more patient.

Be Patient

Jen Wilkin wrote, “Patience is not just the ability to wait, but to abide.”

So I have been wondering — how do I abide? When things get hard, how do I abide? It’s not just that I can wait — and this, I have to remind myself at times. I can wait, I can always wait a bit longer. But to abide in this? How can I be patient and abide?

Yet here it is: God’s patience is an expression of His love. When we are drenched in sin, He waits for us. When we are taking baby steps. Or when we are walking the wrong way. He waits for us. With all our stupid decisions and actions, He loves us. I can learn from this love, for He showers me with it. And I know you too, friend, can learn from His love.

God goes before us. Wherever we are, He is with us. Our God is the God who holds all things together. In fact, He is the One who holds all things in His hands. This is true, always. Whether you carry a lonely, hurting heart. Whether you are bruised and worn from this battle, from climbing this mountain. Maybe you are wresting doubts and the confusion that floods your mind. Yet, always, God is faithful to carry you. He will bring you home, eventually. So we can be patient, no matter what the affliction is.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

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  1. Following the trail of breadcrumbs, I saw that the Jen Wilkin quote came from her new book which I can hardly wait to read!! It’s next in my pile!
    Thanks for all you do.

    1. Yes! I’m reading In His Image right now and it’s fast becoming one of my favorite books! So much wisdom and good content in there. I have been reading it slow (that is, one chapter a day) to take notes and process my thoughts and all that. It is so good. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it, too!

  2. What a beautiful reminder of my word for the year! ABIDE. It’s like a breath, a whisper, an exhale. I am so grateful for all the grace He offers in my process of learning to abide!

  3. Abiding is just being settled down and living in His Word, I have found that the enemy likes to make us believe we’re not doing things right, when we really are. He knows our hearts, i hear people say not pray fro patience or you get trials, I think you have them anyway.

  4. thank you Ronja for the linkup today and Yep, being patient is oh so hard for me. I am a get it done type person I like the Jen Wilkin quote I don’t think I have read anything by her but I may need to start. thanks 🙂

    1. I would definitely recommend reading Jen Wilkin’s books! I have read two of her previous books and now I’m on In His Image, and I have loved them all!

    1. Yes! You are so right, Jennifer. It’s all about trust — trusting through the easy and the hard, in the waiting and the abiding. Thanks for reminding me of this, friend. God bless you!

  5. I love this statement, “Patience is not just the ability to wait, but to abide.” That’s so different from a drumming-my-fingers-on-the-table-while-I-claim-to-be-patiently-waiting attitude.

  6. I want to remember to connect patience with abiding instead of waiting. Thanks so much.

  7. Hello Ronja, I don’t know if this matters to you or not, but have you read #21 in the link-up above (the Lifenotes one)? If you read her post carefully, she is criticizing Christians who encourage women to not abort their babies, and she’s using Scripture to do it (even misquoting the greatest commandment. She says it’s “love others.” But it’s not. It’s really “Love God.” “Love others” is being used by many Christians to support things God does not.) And while she says she isn’t advocating abortion, she sure sounds like she’s defending it (alluding to it as a “reproductive-health right”). I don’t know your view on abortion, but if you don’t think it’s right, you may not want this link on your blog.

    1. Hi Heather! Thank you for letting me know. I hadn’t had the time to read the post yet. And you are right — hers is a bit confusing post to read as she seems to encourage both sides (or, she criticizes those Christians who encourage women not to abort their babies while encouraging women to seek wisdom). I do think the Bible is fairly clear on abortion being a sin as abortion is murder.

      1. Thank you for your kind reply. I was afraid I might offend you. I don’t like to step on other people’s toes or cause waves. But sometimes we have to. I just know that if it were my blog, I wouldn’t want a link like that on it. God bless you and your faithfulness to the Word.