Fruit of the Spirit: Day 5

Patience

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Today's Text: Romans 8:19-25, Galatians 6:9, James 5:7-11

But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.

- Romans 8:25, HCSB -

When I see the word patience listed in Galatians 5 with the other fruit of the spirit, I groan. I’m reading happily along with love, joy and peace, and then… patience. Ugh, I say to myself. I know I’m not patient. Just watch me try to fold a fitted sheet.

Temper tantrums, waiting, inconvenience—this is what I think of when I think about the word patience. But patience, as talked about in the Bible, is much more than remaining calm in the midst of fitted-sheet frustration.

Take the new believers in the book of James as an example. These people were Jews recently converted to Christianity. Because of their new beliefs, they were rejected by their own people. Their own families. They were persecuted by everyone around them, and James tells them to do what? “You also must be patient,” he says. “Strengthen your hearts because the Lord’s coming is near” (James 5:8 HCSB).

The Greek word often for used for patience in Scripture is makrothyemia, which means… well, it means words that make me uncomfortable, such as:

Longsuffering

Slowness in avenging wrongs

Steadfastness

Forbearance

Patience is much deeper than something you practice when someone is hogging the bathroom. Patience—the longsuffering kind of patience—is something that arises when real trial strikes.

A few months ago my own longsuffering was tested. I went through a period of anxiety like I had never experienced before. It landed on me heavy, like a weight, and didn’t leave for a few months. Small, daily tasks felt almost impossible. My thoughts turned dark. I shouldn’t be feeling this way, I told myself. I’m on the cusp of a new career and a new relationship. Things are going well! Yet, I woke up and went to sleep exhausted, anxious, sad, and weary.

I would like to say that in this dark time I turned to God and said, “I trust you. I don’t understand what’s happening, but you do.” I wish I could tell you I did that, but no. Instead, I shook my fist, and I shook it hard. I was angry at God, and I tried desperately to escape the anxiety and darkness by my own means.

You could say I was the opposite of longsuffering. I was short-suffering, tiny-suffering, microscopic-suffering. I realized in those few months that my pain threshold is nearly nonexistent and, even still, I know most of you reading this have weathered much worse. My life was not bearing the fruit of patience because somewhere deep down inside of me I didn’t trust my God. And somewhere even deeper inside of me, I had lost hope and convinced myself I was alone.

But there’s an amazing thing about the word longsuffering in the New Testament: it is almost always an instruction given in the context of hope.

Romans 8 says, “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now… We ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits—we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies” (vv. 22-23 HCSB).

And in Galatians 6:9, we’re told, “We must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up” (HCSB).

WE groan. WE don’t give up. I love that word “we” because it means we are not in this suffering thing alone. Better still, we do not wait without hope! As Matthew Henry says, we can look at our circumstances “with an eye to a future glorious recompense: Be patient to the coming of the Lord.”

We do not wait in vain. We wait for our God—the God who has promised and secured our full redemption through Jesus Christ.

Ultimately, it was my community who pulled me out of the dark time. They reminded me of who God is and who I am in Him. They reminded me of His love, and after a while my anger dissipated into something that looked a little more like patience, a little more like longsuffering.

May we do the same for each other in the face of our trials. Let’s longsuffer (yes, I made this a verb) together. Let’s look at our lives with an eye to a future glorious day when suffering is but a long, forgotten memory of this earth.

 

Andrea Lucado is a freelance writer and Texas native who now calls Nashville, Tennessee, home. When she is not conducting interviews or writing stories, you can find her laughing with friends at a coffee shop, running the hills of Nashville, or creating yet another nearly edible baking creation in her kitchen. One of these days she’ll get the recipe right.

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  • As a second-year college student, I can definitely relate to this devotion. I went through a terrible time of anxiety when I went to college last year. I cried all the time, had a ton of anger and frustration, and I was SO homesick. I felt happier over the summer, but going back to school this fall brought back a lot of worry and stress. This has by far been the hardest time of my life. I’m majoring in Elementary Education, and sometimes I just think, “Why can’t I just be a teacher already?! Are all these classes really necessary for someone wanting to teach elementary school?” It’s so important to learn to be longsuffering, but it really helps to remember WHY you’re doing this and why it’ll help to be patient. If you do whatever you’re doing for God, and the way gets rough, it’ll help you to stick with it if you remember that you’re doing it for Him! He is always worthy.

  • I agree with Courtney! I wasn’t looking forward to the patience devotional day of this study. But Andrea, your spin on this concept of patience was so needed in my life right now. I never think of patience in the long suffering way, I always just think of it in the short little bouts of “fitted sheet” kind of moments. I can’t even begin to tell you what a blessing this devotional was to me this morning. Thank you so much for this.

  • Today, day 5, was not one I was too excited to get too. I’ve actually put it off until now almost 11pm after a long Saturday with my kids fussing over this and that and spilling whatever wherever. It’s not been my best day for patience that’s for sure! But what I am learning in this study about the fruit of the spirit is that it’s SO much more that these superficial emotions that I connect it with. Here I am thinking I’m fixing to get an ugly reality check on my parenting and I get a spirituality check on what exactly true patience is because it’s so much deeper than I would’ve guessed. See I’ve had to longsuffer a time or two and in those moments the Lord was with me and I kept my hope!! I’ve since seen the harvest on the seeds I planted in that season and I can testify that this fruit of the spirit is one that may be hardest to obtain but look what GOD has done!

  • Anxiety blinds us from seeing God’s good and perfect blessings right in front of our faces. I am praying right now for patience and perseverance for all my SRT sisters struggling with anxiety! And I say with resounding “WE” togetherness: Me too, me too, me too.

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  • Thanks for sharing, we all need to have a patience process (longsuffer kind of…) to learn and understand the upcoming test in life.

  • Tiya Kroge

    This is something that I truly struggle with.

  • Esther Rogers

    “because somewhere deep down inside of me I didn’t trust my God. And somewhere even deeper inside of me, I had lost hope and convinced myself I was alone.” I so relate to this Andrea. This convincing went on for years through my bringing and schooling, it’s only now I’ve truly come to grasp this as a lie and start replacing them with truths and working on trusting God every day and eventually I hope I will ve able to rely on the right people. Lysa TerKeurst’s book Uninvited, help started it off.

  • I have struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. Similarly, I am at a place in my life full of good things: I’m graduating from college soon (a semester early, woo!), I have a job lined up right after, I am in a new relationship, my family and I are getting along, I am surrounded by a great community who always wants to encourage me, listen to me, and help me whenever they can, and the Lord is so clearly doing mighty things all around me and in me. But I still feel crippled by anxiety at least a few times a week. To the point of not being able to function at times, and to the point that it probably isn’t healthy to function as well as I do other times. But looking at patience less as a way to respond to my roommate hogging the bathroom or not doing her dishes, and more as a longsuffering CHANGES EVERYTHING. I pray that I would know that God is bigger than the troubles I face and the things I worry about, that I would know that as uncomfortable as anxiety is, He is in it, and it will end, and what is to come is so much greater.

    • Wildflower

      I hope things have gotten better for you. I’m in a similar situation where the anxiety gets crippling sometimes.

  • I too have struggled with anxiety/depression on and off. Reading this devotion and these comments let’s me know that I’m not alone in this struggle. This was so encouraging! I am excited to see how God delivers all of us, and develops patience in our lives!

    • samantha

      I am right there with you! I have struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember and when that goes unchecked it blossoms into depression. How cool is our God that He gives us others who can say “Me too.”?!

      1 Peter 5:9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

  • Denise Mangaoang

    just want I needed to hear today. I have been thinking a lot of how my mental illness is making it hard for me to get through school and how I keep going in circles and not moving forward. In this case I need to be patient, God has a plan for me and I need to learn to stop controlling my life and listen to what God is telling me. It’s funny because my boyfriend kept telling me that I need to ask for help, it’s ok to ask for help. Little did I know at the time that it was God who was speaking to him, letting me know that I can turn to God for help.

    • NayBerry

      Sometimes Jesus speaks through others and if your boyfriend is really close to you and is someone you trust then it might be good to go to someone for help.

  • Caroline

    Lord, You alone know the things that I have been long suffering in, and yet You promise me that I am not alone! Thank You for Your goodness and love and Your longsuffering with my impatience!

  • Deborah

    I am long suffering with my oldest daughter who is 31. She is a Godly, beautiful , (inside as well as outer) young woman. She has not dated much and desires to marry a Godly man to raise a family with. Her younger siblings are both happily married. I have begun to feel too, there is no hope, and this prayer will never be answered in that way. I lose patience and I begin to,doubt. I fear she will just give up and “settle” one day. I beg God to bless her but in the meantime, I ask that He would draw her ( and me) to Him as we ” Patiently” wait upon His Will and His timing!

  • God,
    Please, teach me be patient.
    Teach me to never stop loving you in your wonderful mercies.
    Teach me to be steadfast even when there might seem to be no recognition,
    Because that is not true.
    You are the only one who truly cares for me,
    And yet I am to blind to see it.
    I want my selfish prayers of control and order to be answered,
    But I never stop to think how,
    In what I see to be rejection,
    You have used to create blessings.
    Give me patience oh Lord.
    Patience in life,
    Patience in faith,
    aI’m heading to go see a movie right now, but we should definitely FaceTime each other some day soon.
    And patience in you.
    For in you, I will find life.

  • I really needed these words today. I was calling out yesterday “why me Lord???” I don’t want this anxiety anymore. This reflection shows His love

  • jackie clark

    Man, does this hit home for me. I have struggled with having control in situations my whole life, and when I do not have control, I tend to develop anxiety. I never thought I would be one to develop anxiety to this degree, but when I’m not meditating and soaking up His Word and His precious instructions, I, too, “micro-suffer.” I become so impatient and so self-centered. And it seems it is magnified in my marriage. God, thank you for your Truth and these sisters that help me to cling to you!

  • Patience! Longsuffering! I struggle here on my own. God has very clearly granted me with patience in some tough moments recently. It is not of me, but of the Spirit.

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  • Taylor Conant

    Thank you for your transparency Andrea. I have also recently experienced a crippling season of anxiety and even depression, and as I clung to The Lord in the darkness, I wanted deliverance; I didn’t practice patience. Thank you for this great encouragement!

  • This really touched me today! I sit here in a quiet house watching my little 2 month old baby girl sleep and I am reminded of just how great Gods blessings are, and I only realize them when I am in a peaceful place. We need to to be aware of Gods presence and be patient for it every day, because he does reveal himself to us, we are just so busy we miss it. I am also reminded that I try so hard to fulfill these fruit of the spirit, but I forget that I need the spirit in order to receive them. I pray that we are all patient today as we ask the Holy Spirit to shape us and mold us into the Godly women we are created to be. It won’t happen overnight, but with patience, God will strengthen us every day! Amen for that!!

  • Every day of this devotional has been a much needed reminder of my stubborn determination to reap the fruits of the Spirit independent from the Spirit! Thank God for showing me why I wasn’t feeling His presence, I was excluding Him! I think as women we have a tendency to try to be everything to everyone, and I am so humbled and grateful for a Savior who tells me that He will bless my life with the gift of the fruit of the Spirit if I simply turn to Him.

  • I tend to look at the fruit of the spirit passage (such as this) as a checklist of areas I need to work on in my life. Forgetting that these areas need tender loving care by the One who is growing me and working in me. I try to work harder when I need to trust Him more fully. To look to Him more.

  • Liesl Neyer

    As I listened to the baby screaming for some unknown reason, the dogs barked at a passing leaf (or so it feels like), while I tried to do today’s devotional with frustration. I finally gave up, entertained the baby and the dogs for a while, showered and now find myself in a peaceful house sipping coffee and reading about… Patience. Point heard loud and clear Lord. Thank you for the reminder of an area I am for sure slipping in, but the hope that I need to get it back.

  • Amen!

  • I absolutely needed to hear this today! My hope is in the Lord. And even if He chooses not to restore my family, He is restoring me. I choose to be long-suffering for His name’s sake and I know that I do not wait in vain. Thank you Jesus!

  • Molly Nielsen

    Wow, this really hit home for me. Anxiety has been embedded in me from a young age. It’s draining and can fill you with hopelessness. It is so encouraging that none of us are alone in our suffering. God CARES. We must believe that.

  • CindyCasto

    I have been struggling with patience 2 years ago had surgery on left foot and in a boot for 6 months then a walking boot then last year had the same with right foot I was in boot 11 months then a walking boot, I have gained so much weight and can’t do anything and on the 19 knee replacement and I am only 57

  • Andrea, thank you for sharing your story about patience this so resonated with me and how I’ve been feeling lately–really needed this today! Thanks for your honesty and transparency!

  • Thank you for writing this. I have been going through the hardest time of my life (so far) and have been feeling completely lost and alone. I am so grateful for this online community of sisters in Christ. The scripture, devotionals, and comments have encouraged me so much everyday. Thanks for reminding me that none of us has to do it alone because God sees us and comes to our rescue.

    • Jodi

      Paige you are never alone. We always abide in his presence. Feel it whisper over your face. I pray for you sister you have a whole community of sisters here!! We all have our own internal and external struggles. Girl you are not alone!! Love you in Christ and am praying for you to feel like you are in a crowd of loving sisters who are laughing, crying and sharing.

  • Amen! This was much needed today and in the season.

  • Nikki Falvey

    I was supposed to read this devotional yesterday and I wish that I had! It was a day full of small daily trials and my patience threshold broke way too soon. I was definitely shortsuffering, and what is worse is that I took it out on my best friend, my husband. I guess this is confession time :) Thank you Lord for your patience and mercy. Today is a new day, hallelujah!

  • Exactly what I needed and very eye-opening!

  • Patience..I too groan when I’m told to be patient and wait…I like to think I’m a patient person but in reality I’m really not..this met me right in my spirit today. Lord, give me patience to wait for your will and to long suffer not grumpily but with the knowledge that if I have hope and trust in you, you know exactly what you are doing. Thank you for loving me even though I am extremely stubborn. Thank you for being the creator of my life and lover of my soul. I ask this in your precious holy name. Amen ❤️

  • Mills Carden

    This hit home for me and made me realize that I really do need to be more patient for my Savior!

  • Jennifer

    This was beautiful and hit me right where it was needed today. Yes, my worry and anxiety reflect my desire for control and lack of trust in my Savior. I needed this today!

  • I so appreciated the connection to Anxiety! So helpful.

  • This was made for me today! Really appreciate this so much!

  • Caitlyn Hammarberg

    Wow! Amazing! I feel like I am going through that season in my life right now. I just know I have to keep pouring God’s truth into my mind.

  • This met me where I am today. Thank you!!!

  • Kasey Summers

    This girl needs more patience. Something I pray for often. Reminding myself that my joy and peace come from Christ helps me be more patient. Jesus is more than enough for me and because of that I can be patient!

  • SUCH a necessary lesson today. I rush from task to task all day so crazy with anything but patience. I also identify with the feeling of not trusting God. Wow, such a great message!

  • I struggle daily with this. I’m impatient when I drive, I’m impatient at times with my 9 month old, I’m impatient with my husband’s spiritual growth as well as my own… The list goes on. I catch myself wanting to control and micromanage, instead of trusting God and HIS timing. This really put things in to perspective and hit home. My prayer is that I learn to truly trust the Lord and that his timing is perfect. There is a time and season for everything, better than we can ever imagine. Thank you Lord for your grace and your patience!!!

  • I'm not bearing the fruit of patience because deep down I don't trust my God…oh, how my heart groans over this…

    I am weary from this 23 year (actually more like 40 years, but who's counting?) battle. I want to be healthy & whole on this side of Heaven. I stamp my foot & cry. I beg & try to earn. I grow sad & consider quitting.

    But this devotion makes me stop.

    It reminds me to breathe and know that He Is God. It reminds me to choose trust & wait on Him.

    Thank you…

  • Jaydin Lopéz

    Been feeling exactly like this for last few days and. Been trying to keep myself saturated in the word of God and lots of Prayer . your words are very comforting thank you for reminding us we are not alone.

  • Ruthofcanada

    Oh man.. I second that, I think seeing the word “anxiety” written and confessed out there by another young woman, is totally convicting and freeing at the same time. It’s a little of “oh man… That’s me and I didn’t even stop to realize it!” , mixed with “thank God I can bring this out in the open and know I can relate to someone about it”. Thanks ladies for being real, and thank God for his divine rescue once more. For me, it’s his Word and the power that only His Truth has that sets my heart free. I find even when I don’t know where to start, if just start by turning to the Word, it’s there that my heart can get a cleansing and a renewal and prepare me for the next day. And every day after that.

  • emmajulieannewylie

    Oh man. Your words on anxiety struck such a chord with my heart, it is literally where I am and where I have been for months… When I am living what should be a wonderful exciting life as an au pair in Europe, my heart is constantly weighed down and exhausted, sliding easily into a dark spiral of thoughts. Community has not been an easy thing in France, especially leading such a transient life.. Thankyou for being so transparent yet leading towards hope x

  • Mrs.Walton

    “When suffering is but a long, forgotten memory of this earth.” Beautiful

  • excellent post

  • Mackenzie

    As someone who frequently suffers with anxiety this was exactly what I needed. My hope in Him is greater than any anxiety could ever be!

  • Long suffering as a gift is the most difficult perspective as a believer. However, I would rather long-suffer with Christ than “ease” in his absence.

  • Oh, how I needed this today. Thank you!

  • I fell behind a few days so I'm doing some catching up. As my long-suffering continues with the father of my child I've learned to look at the circumstances “with an eye to a future glorious recompense" I needed this today! I ask for your prayers.

  • SHAMEKAMICHELLE

    I called myself waiting patiently for what I thought was a promise from God & I’m not so sure that’s what it was. God does not condone sin in any form. Still I know He can & will turn my mess into a blessing. I know things will turn around in God’s timing!

  • Jessica P

    I like made up verbs. Praying I would be more faithful in my long suffering.

  • Jessica P

    I like mad

  • I truly believe God has used my anxiety to draw me closer to Him. I've been through some terrible times mentally in the past year, but I can truly say through patience, finding help and learning to truly have a relationship with God, things have been better now than they were before. If not for going through such a hard time, I sometimes wonder where my relationship with God would be right now. And for everyone out there who struggles with anxiety, remember "you are not your thoughts"

  • The strength our Lord gives us is amazing, I have been feeling his presence so much lately. Patience is something I need to work on and with Him I know that is possible. I have been dealing with a very tumultuous personal matter lately and since I have given it over to the Lord, I have felt a sense of peace. Trusting in the Lord will give me the patience I need.

  • Nice and wonderful post. Thank.

  • I am always so amazed how Jesus uses theses devotionals! This has been a week of long suffering for me and theses verses have just been healing to me!

  • McKenna Curlee

    I love how in Romans 8:25 it says you wait eagerly WITH patience. I often think of patience in waiting as me sitting with my hands in my lap and my head down trying to not think about what I’m waiting for, because that’s a lack of trust, right? But God knows ours hearts and desires and passions and wants to give them to us! He doesn’t want us to hide from them, but rather get excited about how He will reveal Himself in my desires in the waiting. Looking forward to what I want isn’t untrustworthy. He wants me to be happy and to give me my desires, His way. And that’s where the patience comes in, in waiting on His timing. A little off topic from the lesson, but I loved how the Lord revealed Himself to me today!

  • Shirley Burkenpas

    There are 'days' when I "feel" like throwing in the towel…then a gentle , loving reminder always seems to 'appear'…Why? Because of His Love! Knowing He will Always be with us, even on the 'worse of days' to the 'best of days'…no matter He is there! I am reminded at these times that I have yet "to sweat blood!" … and it will never get "that bad"… then He not only send's His Promised Word…but through the love of His People, it is confirmed!
    I need this Bible Study to help me not only keep Focus but also to grow….Thank you Father, as we all keep our focus on Jesus Christ and His Return. Thank you Jesus Christ for your life's teachings through all we have and are going through and we will grow through to the Ultimate redemption of our bodies at Your Return. For Thy Glory. Amen.

  • renz villanueva

    Thanks for this wonderful message. I admit i’m one impatient person. I dnt like waiting even in simple things. I’m now in that point where God is testing my patience in many areas of my life. But through this reading, God tells me to trust Him bcoz he knows better nd that everything will work out well in d end.

  • This really resonated with me. I cling to "doing" kind-not "being"kind. Not resting in the fact that any kindness which pours from me is a direct results of God's abundant love. I see morality and good deeds as 'being enough'. 'doing enough', and 'earning salvation'. I pray to rest in this truth-I pray to know that kindness is of God and from God. Not me. Not my efforts or thoughts or tasks.

  • I am kind new to doing bible studies. So I don't know if I am doing them correctly. Since July of 2014, I went through a really rough time. Anxiety has gotten the best of me. It comes and goes and lately it has grabbed a hold on me and it is holding on tight. I also decided to get closer to God. I was at a weak point in life. I was very unhappy and my husband could see it. I didn't know where to go. I had stopped praying for about 4 years. I decided to watch a service online and it touched me deeply. I decided at that point to pray every single night and just thank the Lord for giving me another day. I decided to study the bible and do bible studies. I decided to start watching the services weekly instead of every once in a while. I do not get angry with God when my anxiety flares up because I know that it means that I need to get even closer to Him. I am also thanking God in advance because I know that I will get through this. I am choosing to trust God and be patient because one day I will be fine. I will be a better person because I have decided to change many things about my life. (no more bad words, dressing modestly, praising Him, no more drinking, no more WebMD, give more of my time, and so much more) Above all, I want be patient in all aspects of my life.

    I am really thankful that I found this website because it is really helping me. (tears coming down my face)

    • Mindy

      Sweetj~ so glad you are here!!! And so glad you are drawing near to God! Faith is a very real step we take, and for me personally it is when I am seeking Him everyday that I feel His presence the most. I know God will bless this time you are spending with him. Take care!

  • Angela D

    Isn’t it beautiful when God sends the exact words you need to hear? I needed this story, more than I realized. I have had so many down days lately that it’s become the norm. Days where I snap at my kids and my husband for no reason. I just have this anger inside that’s never been there. And I have always been the happy go lucky person in my family. Instead of trusting God, I just realized that I’ve been wallowing in this funk! It’s times like this I just have to look up and smile, and be thankful that God always know what we need most.

  • michelle of LA

    Thank you Andrea for your writing today . I was in the same spot from January of this year until actually now . Very dark and growing weary .
    I took a class at a private christian college in the OT every Friday for 3 hours a class . The teacher was awesome and I believe that class helped me get thru the darkness . It was like therapy for me each week and gave me a purpose .
    Thank you again

  • Daliacristina

    It’s been a very dark time for me sisters. With the passing of my grandfather and my separation from my husband I feel sad and lonely. I pray for the restoration of my marriage and I must admit I struggle with patience. Please help me pray for my husband my marriage and myself.

  • This fills me with so much joy and hope. Thank you!

  • When I saw the title to today’s message, I chuckled because I have been praying, sometimes shouting, for God to give me patience. We have been searching for a home to purchase for six months now. After four different offers all being rejected, its been tough to not want to give up. Throw in the fact that my husband and I work opposite schedules and often have to wrangle our toddler and infant as we tour homes during lunch hours and patience just hasn’t been my strongest quality these days. I know that God has a plan and He knows why we must go through each long, and sometimes disappointing step as we work towards finding our first home, this reminded me to stop worrying and be patient. Thank you!

    • Heather

      We had a similar house buying experience. It took us 2 1/2 years and several disappointing offers. But looking back, I’m so glad those didn’t work out because we are now in a house that we love and will probably be our last house. At least until we retire and decide to move elsewhere. God is in control of your situation. Just trust in Him.

  • Yes we hope for what is unseen!!! It may seem irrational. But it’s something worth dying for!!! God gives faith! What beautiful gift!

    • Juliefay

      Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness:)

  • Thank you for all the wisdom and encouragement here!!! Today’s comments and study were just what I needed. For some extra worship and calming of the spirit please try mindfulworhip.com. There is a wealth of healing in meditating in His word. When my anxiety and depression dumps me to the depths SRT and Mindful Worship are my “go to”.

  • I have never been good at waiting . Waiting makes me feel out of control and that makes me angry. In the past year I have been calling out to God to show his plan for my little family. To know clearly where we should be and what we should be doing. It is as though I was stomping my foot and saying tell me what I want to hear!
    What I have heard so far is this:
    I will soften your heart if you rely on me and obey me.
    I will test you and bend you and it will be a joy for this is how you will learn to rely on me and you will have peace . Peace in the storm. If you wait on me and don’t give up you will have gained so much more.

    So now I cry out from the depths. Lord give me patience !!!! Help us to never give up. God is too good to me , thank you Father!

    • Jasmine Malloy

      Yes! I feel you on this, a few weeks ago I had been praying and praying for clarity in a relationship, I felt as though I needed to know where it was going and if it was worth pursuing. The level that I reached in thinking and “needing” to know the path of this relationship became unhealthy and quickly revealed my tendency to want to control different areas of my life even though Ive known and have been believing that, ultimately, God is the one in control. My anxieties and lack of being able to have all of the answers in this situation almost led me to a breakdown before I desperately looked to the Lord for guidance. He clearly said to me to loosen my grip on needing to have all of the answers, and to fully trust Him and have patience! The reminder to “loosen my grip” everyday has brought me so much peace in my heart and mind!

  • Oh my goodness, praise Jesus and how he works in the most mysterious and magical of ways. Just yesterday I was feeling so discourages, abandoned, and overwhelmed as if hope was a myth and reading your story and this devotional it was a wake up call to all the strength and hope we do have. I don't doubt moments won't be as hard hitting and hard to face as they have been, but the notes from this devotional… that will help keep me strong. Thank you for this, with all my heart.

  • As I read these comments, I also find it so freeing to think of patience as more than staying calm during temper tantrums (and the like, maybe that’s self control?). I’ve just started to really meditate on perseverance in the context of marriage, too, and how perseverance is, like, the whole point of marriage (not to meet all my emotional needs and make me happy). It’s funny how we get so caught up in day to day needs and responses and victories and failures when God seems to want us to zoom out a little and think about the big picture. Of course we’re going to fail. Of course! We are not Jesus. But are we quick to repent? Are we quick to forgive? Are we quick to run to Jesus and ask for help? He cares way more about how often we come to Him, needy, than how often we fail. What freedom we have in Christ. Hallelujah!

  • laceyvfondren

    This really spoke to me today. I had my son almost 3 months ago and he was in the NICU for 2 weeks. I felt like I didn't have patience and I wanted to take him home right away. I started to doubt God and ask why MY son. Friends and family kept both my son and myself in their prayers, each day my son grew stronger and improved. Towards the end of his hospital stay I knew God was with me, and I felt ashamed that I had ever doubted him. I know that my son will be a mighty man of God, and that his name will serve a purpose.. I named him Deacon, which means servant. I guess this would have been an example of a long suffering situation. If not for God and His love, I don't know that I would have made it through those 2 unbearable weeks.

  • 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Lizannedup I know nothing of your life but can see that God is making your heart strong. Press on today and know that I am lifting you sister in prayer before our God

    • Lizannedup

      Thank you Lynda. So grateful to know even if I do not have an ounce of strength left in me. He will never let me go.

  • Emily Caroline

    It is amazing to me how God's word is timeless– I need it over and over, and it never gets old. God has been so faithful to me. He fulfills his promises. I had been working very hard for years to continue my education as a physician assistant. I knew like I know my name that God had called me to do this work, and one day He blew my mind by not only orchestrating my acceptance into a Christ- centered program, but also placing my family in a position where we can move to make an impact in His kingdom. I feel that I was patient with all of this long waiting and hard work–I knew, even when others doubted, that He would fulfill His promise. And He did. For me, it is the small moments of patience that I struggle with. I have a two year old daughter who I absolutely adore!! But in those moments where I have had no sleep, am stressed to the max, and still don't have dinner on the table, I need to be reminded that He is invested in my patience moment to moment. See, I've seen God move mountains– I just have to remember that He works in the intimate daily struggles I have — and this fellowship is what I go after day after day. Lord, you are great and almighty– but You are also my greatest Friend. Please walk beside me and help me with my patience in the small things. I praise You for Your unending love– no matter how off my game I am. I love You, Jesus!

    • Brandie

      Thank you for this! I needed your words.

    • Ashley

      So beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story. I had the same struggle, application after application of trying to get accepted into a competitive Physician Assistant school, ANY school. Long story short, in a time I was least expecting it I was invited for a last minute interview to the only nearby school within hours, that also happened to have an amazing top 10 program. I was incredibly sick with the flu at the time and unprepared for the interview, and in Gods goodness, He pulled me through those few hours and I nailed it! Five years later and two years into my career, I see everything so clearly! He had me wait until I was ready – and put me in a program better than I could have imagined! Sometimes it’s hard to see this in the current situation but in hindsight, He crafted a beautiful, perfect plan. Best of luck through your studies. It’s challenging at times but the career is worth the effort. God bless.

  • This devotional was so enlightening! For as long as I can remember, my friends and family have used the word ‘patient’ to describe me. I have 2 younger siblings who I have no choice but to be patient with and I’m a tiny human teacher which takes a lot of patients, yet when people use that word to describe me I am always confused, because I never feel patient. And I’m not. More often than not, I find myself saying to God, okay, I’m ready; and asking when is this and this and this going to happen? I am never patient with God’s plan. Recently, my patients with God has been put to the test with going through a break-up. I need to be patient with his plan and the amazing person he has in mind for me. I need to be patient and trust in him. This devotional really put patients into perspective for me. And I pray, that with God’s love and my love for God, he will give me the strength to be patient.

  • Lizannedup

    I find i start out being very patient and trusting God almost in a childlike manner… Totally. Blindly completely. But I’ve come to realise I can’t sustain that patience and trust. I’ve patiently waited for God to answer my prayer for a family for 15 years and then my family experienced traumatic events (I had to be evacuated out of a war torn country, my mum being attacked and almost beaten to death and then shortly after that she almost died from malaria). Following that my patience and trust and hope for a family totally disappeared. And now I’m struggling to trust Him and have no hope regarding this in my life. But I’m reminding myself that regardless of this word eternity will be without any pain tear or sadness. And we will finally be in His full presence. And that is giving me the strength to hold on.

    • Lizannedup

      *world

    • Lindsay Jensen

      I am also lifting you up in prayer! Keep clinging to God, my friend!

    • Laura

      Wow lizannedup, that sounds like a series of very intense and painful trials. I am so sorry for your losses. Shooting up a prayer that God will restore a deep hope in Him in your heart, an anchor for you soul. Not a blind hope, but a hope rooted in seeing God and His character and believing and experiencing His love and care for you and your family.

      • Lizannedup

        Thanks Laura! I’m so thankful for this community of Godly women I discovered!

  • elishabarnett

    Thank you so much for these lessons now! I'm not a particularly anxious person (Jesus has his work cut out for me in other areas, though!), but I am suffering from it now in a particularly trying time. My mother suffered a stroke this week, and my dad waited two days to call us, oy vey. They sought treatment right away, and we are assured that it's not life-threatening, and not too severe. Problem is, I'm stuck here, 15 hours away, in a holding pattern. Do we pull up and drive there? We have a planned trip there later this summer – do we go now, or wait? She's ok now – I've talked with her, but will things get worse or better? I pray for peace and patience, and guidance by the Holy Spirit.

    • Connie

      Amazing to me that The Lord of the universe, the great ancient of days desires to guild us by his spirit. So glad we can trust him with our lives and the lives if our failing parents. Praying for revelation to know what to do.

  • I guess I’ve been in the same mind set, that patience is really for the daily things, like waiting in line at the store. But really it means so much more! Perseverance is a great thing! We will be blessed when we persevere. :)

  • I was recently diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions (Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis). I have been struggling with the idea of “longsuffering” for the past several weeks…my husband and I are in ministry together and we have five young children that I homeschool. I have been getting overwhelmed with what our future will look like and how it lives will be affected. This was a huge encouragement for my heart today! Thank you, SRT…God had been using your ministry to deeply touch my heart for many months!

  • Catherine

    “I shook my fist, and I shook it hard” and “staying passionate”
    During 12 long years of infertility, (with no known cause) during which I endured 3 miscarriages, I did shake my fist and rage at God – why give me this desire for a child when the losses are so painful?
    In retrospect, He allowed me to get to the point of lashing out, to learn that he can handle my real feelings. Anger was not dealt with well as I was growing up, and I was afraid to express it to God. Thankfully, King David had no such problem. I learned that this was a real relationship, that God knew I was angry, and would not turn away from me for expressing it. I still chose to hope – where else would I turn – there is no other source – even when it was very, very hard. God is big enough to handle the anger honestly acknowledged. Those 12 years brought a depth to our marriage that served us well when we did have a child who was later diagnosed with special needs.
    Patience requires practice; I am thankful to know that I can go to God with what I am really feeling, even when it is not pretty and still know that He is in control, has a plan, and He is good.

    • Julie

      I’m struggling with this right now and reading your words were encouraging. God can handle my true emotions.

    • Laura

      I love what you said about God being able to handle my real feelings. I think I need to remember that when I am struggling and upset. God isn’t afraid of the truth of what is going on in my life. And I shouldn’t be afraid to tell him.

    • SarahD

      My husband and I are also struggling with infertility. In the last month, we know two couples who've gotten pregnant without trying. I told my husband just this week that I could almost feel anger building up inside of me. It's nice to know that if that anger bubbles out, God will be there. He can handle ALL of my emotions because He knows and understands my heart. The entire Fruit of the Spirit study, especially peace & patience, have been speaking to me. Thank you so much for sharing your struggle. Thank you SRT for providing this study (and all the others). It reaches, touches, & blesses so many people!

  • Patience under trial. I know all too well the sufferings that come with frustrations and disappointments and anxieties – almost always all of my own making. I've come to realize that in these times of trial and suffering there is a strong connection between my need to develop patience along with perseverance. Just last night I found myself searching for verses on perseverance.
    In Romans 5, we are told to glory (or rejoice!) in our sufferings. (What?!) How can I even begin to rejoice in my suffering, in my trials? Yet we are told that we can have this glory "BECAUSE we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame." (v.3-5) I love this progression, this process of God growing us through our trials. And if I am honest with myself, I know that this growth is a cause for rejoicing. Also, that we don't choose hope, we grow hope. And the mention of shame… oh how often I feel shame and humiliation for my trials and suffering. "What is wrong with me? Why can't I just get this right?" But those voices are not from God. God wants to give me good things, even in my trials and through my suffering. And the greatest gift is Himself, which is always, always where these challenging times bring me. I believe that He is always working on our hearts and drawing us closer to His heart, showing us more of Himself through our trials.
    Praising God that He is still working on me and in me – He's not done yet and I am grateful. And during trials, I know that He is walking with me as He gently teaches me, patience and graciously grows in me, hope.

    • Mona

      Beverly,

      What a beautiful “Take Away” of today’s readings. Thank you for sharing your heart and insight. Your words ring true. Have a wonderful day!

      x-o,

      Mona

  • Madison Dawkins

    I needed to read this. I am struggling with patience with my family. The lord knows what I need❤️

  • Megan Gilley

    Wow. I’m really blown away at how God answers a lot of confusion through y’all. I too struggle with anxiety from time to time and Jan-April were some hard times for me. It was like you said, a feeling of despair, random and without reason. Oh but God knew. He was pruning my heart of useless idols. I’m grateful he made me be patient. My heart is so much more free! And thank you Andrea for describing patience to me. I never knew patience and longsuffering (all you described) were lumped into one. Really helps me understand HOW (and what it looks like) to be patient. Thanks again.

  • Wow. Just last night, I asked my Bible study group to pray for patience for me in a specific friendship. This is awesome.

  • We are getting ready to find out our next station (my husbands Coastguard) and I have been struggling with patience and anxiety. This was perfectly timed, right after peace:) I think God wants us to live in a place of expectancy, but not anxiety. We wait, like a child and say “what’s next God?” without setting expectations or putting him in a box. Being ok with any outcome because we know He is GOOD, and He is for us.

    • lauraloewen1221

      Love this, Juliet. Coudn't agree more. XO

    • Laura

      Totally get what you are saying…WE tend to set expectations of our future, but in reality, what do WE know?! The Lord already has it planned out, so why should we spend time and energy creating all these expectations of what we want. Better to spend time and energy giving praise and thanksgiving!

    • Megan Gilley

      Amen, Juliet.

  • I needed this after the days at work I have been having lately. I work as a customer associate and a waitress and I am constantly trying to help people meet their needs. Lately it just seems that my best is never good enough for my customers. It has been really hard to turn the other cheek and keep a joyful attitude when customers are throwing change at you, sending back food they don't like, and even growing impatient when I cannot get a computer system to unlock without calling a manager (another 5 minute wait).
    I have come home these past two days upset because I have disappointed my customers because of some of my own personal mistakes. I hate that a customer had to take her food back 2 times before it was cooked to her liking even when I knew we had it right the first time. I hate that I hit one wrong button on the cash register that sent a customer into a frustrated wait for me to get it fixed. It isn't fun.
    However, what I have been joyful about is these blogs and scripture verses I have been reading. This isn't some trial I am going through where God wants to see how far I can bend until I break. Instead, it is an opportunity to show others what patience REALLY looks like as was stated above; longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs, steadfastness, etc. No matter how impatient a customer may get, I will always put my best foot forward and keep a joyful and willing attitude at hand to display patience.
    Today's society isn't accustomed to the idea of patience. I would like others to be encouraged, whether customer, associate, or worker that is aiming to please others, to remember that mistakes happen, grace is always needed, and patience needs to be on display for others to see.

    • Abbie

      I hear ya! I’ve been in your non slip food service shoes many times. :) Supernatural grace (like God’s brand of grace!) is what those customers need from us. Eek. Not fun though when you want to tell them to take the tomato off themselves if they don’t want to eat it! A quick word up to God for them is probably more productive though, can’t say I followed my own advice much though. Don’t we all need these fruits. The world would be so much nicer. I guess that’s why we are to eagerly await heaven. Thanks for being an awesome waitress!

    • Carolyn J

      wow. This stopped me in my tracks when you said "Instead, it is an opportunity to show others what patience REALLY looks like as was stated above." Because I've actually had that thought today as I received yet another blow this week in a week-long struggle with various issues. Today with another blow I thought "Really?! why does this have to be so hard?! It's not supposed to be like this! Why me?! Is this a test to see how much I can take?" So you've stopped me in my tracks to think that maybe, just maybe, it's an opportunity to show others what patience, and love, looks like, in how i handle what's been thrown my way… thank you for this.

      • Jessie

        And it isn't easy either! But, it is definitely one of man ways we can let others see Christ is by our character.

  • The Holy Sprirt has been asking me each morning to find out what each word really is according to the Scripture. Today, is patience, I am horribly impatient with my kids, when things don't go as planned etc… I assumed being calm and patient in these "trials" was the fruit of the Spirit and I was failing horribly. Realizing patience is so much more than the daily trials, it's long suffering with hope in my Jesus coming, lifted a huge burden. The patience of the Spirit is much more than the daily struggle, it is a long suffering, enduring steadfastness that is waiting for more than the passing of this present trial. We are waiting for the coming of Jesus, future glory, completed sanctification. It seems these fruits build on one another. The foundation is Love, then out of it flow God's joy, peace and today patience. If one is out of sync, it must assuredly point to a deeper heart issue of who I SAY God is versus what I practically live out. This is why being in the Word and knowing what God says about Himself and reminding ourselves of it daily is critical. As soon as we take our eyes off Him we sink into our own works, ambitions, and frustration. May we keep our eyes focused on the hope that is to come and draw strength from knowing we are not left as orphans, and have been given what we need to patiently wait for His return.

  • When I was reading the author describe her suffering with anxiety, her visceral reaction, and her loss of hope, I thought, “These are my words.” I went through something incredibly similar last year, and I also found my pain threshold low and my long suffering minuscule. But Praise the Father for bringing us both through. The power of a godly community is never to be underestimated. The words and scripture in today’s devotional fill me up with hope and give me an entirely new perspective on patience. I have loved these first few days of the Fruits of the Spirit- a beautiful, constant remember that it is the Holy Spirit inside me, not myself, producing fruit.

  • I have most often associated patience with not losing my temper or being able to tolerate the inconveniences and frustrations of this life. After reading the passage from Romans, I realize I am waiting for all the wrong things! My kids to obey, the line at Chick fil a to move, my husband’s job to improve, etc. The focus of my patience is on earthly, passing things instead of accepting the trials of this life as normal by-products of a broken, fallen world. Creation knows this as it groans and waits. I need patience for this world to be put right, restored to all that God intended and this will only happen with Jesus’ glorious return! I need to stop focusing on my desire for the here-and-now to be what I want and realize “if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Romans 8:25)

  • I was thanking God for the many things in my life that he has given me ( for another day, answering my prayers…etc) I thanked him for his patience with me and he told me that I needed to have just as much patience with him. Wow! I am new to bible study, thank you all for being here to help me understand his word.

    • lauraloewen1221

      Awesome job getting started and pressing in! It's totally where the joy is satisfaction is. Hope you have an awesome day.

  • sweetdes2014

    Patience…not my most favorite word in the world of words. But I'm learning that this word is closely related to trusting God. If I will trust God in my issue, in my dark valley, in my pain….my walk with patience become lighter. I must trust that the plans that God has for me….plans not to harm me but to give me a future and hope…are His plans. I have to rehearse this over and over and over again. When I do this I find that I've made it through the next hour and then the next day. My patience timeline begins to lengthen because of the strength God gives me through trusting Him. Now I don't want to sound like a superwoman because there are many days that I have to go back to "go." But I start again and think about what God has done for me in the past when I trusted Him and I start my patience timeline again by saying, "I WILL trust in the Lord."

  • Encourages my heart every morning to read the scripture and entry for the day. Just when I think a topic – i.e. patience isn’t going to speak to me it hits me over the head with some major truth. And equally I love reading the words shared by y’all…it encourages my soul.

  • Kelly_Smith

    I have always thought of this as the waiting in line and not yelling at your kids kind of fruit. Andrea, you turned my eyes to a deeper understanding–thank you!

    I am working my way through the A.D. mini-series by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (NBC, Sunday nights). They provide a glimpse into the suffering the apostles endured and the hope they have in the midst of their persecution. It doesn't make any sense. Except they knew Jesus. They saw Him, walked with Him, listened to Him, laughed with Him. Through the death and resurrection and the gift of the Holy Spirit, their hearts were firmly established at Pentecost. They fixed their eyes on the prize set before them; everything else was minor compared to Jesus glorified and the hope of being in His presence once again. The patience they show is truly a fruit of the SPIRIT. They did not possess the strength to withstand the beatings, the imprisonment, and the persecution. Through their intimacy with the Savior and allowing Him to transform them and shift their focus, they bore the beautiful fruit of longsuffering. Abiding in Christ is where it starts.

    • Lyle

      Amen! I think of the patience and endurance of the persecuted church today, the patience and Christ-focus those brothers and sisters must have, and I am humbled.

      • Stacy

        Exactly, Lyle!!!! What a picture of patience and long suffering!

    • Carolyn J

      Our family is watching these episodes every Sunday night and I just love them! It has been so eye-opening to see the Bible come to life and see Peter's examples of undying faith, standing firm in his beliefs to fight the good fight and spread the good news. It's hard to imagine that they went through what they did, in a time when everyone thought they were lunatics. Oh, but they WALKED with Jesus! They ate with him, talked with Him, learned from Him, received praise, and rebuking, from Him. Oh to have that experience, to have that kind of faith – scripture says something about those who see can believe but blessed are those who haven't seen and yet still believe. They definitely went through so much for their Brother and Rabbi – oh to have their levels of patience and longsuffering.

      • Kelly_Smith

        Carolyn, I think that is the difference. They WALKED with Him. I march on ahead and try to journey without Him. I want to walk WITH Him as those disciples did!

  • These words; Longsuffering, Slowness in avenging wrongs, Steadfastness, Forbearance … Those are hurting words and so familiar. The better part of my life feels like it has evolved around longsuffering, like a bad movie, my family can feel cursed. The big question I have for myself is; if, as in said bad movie, I was able to change my fate (ha, a little too much Brave), would I choose the easy way. The smooth route, laden with beautiful views and straight ways or would I go the unknown route if it meant more of God? I know that these seasons have brought me closer to God. My reliance on Him wouldn't be what it is without the pain, but would I choose different if I could? I would like to think that I would go without question, the unknown route of the Lord, but I don't really know. I love the Lord, with all my heart and I crave more of Him, so it would be easy to assume I've the strength to make that choice, but I just don't have that confidence in myself. I am human and I know that peaceful, pleasant and comfortable are my defaults …. so knowing this, I know there is still work to do. There always will be. So here, in the real, non-movie world I will just leave my future in God's hands….I will trust that the path, although laden with hill and rock, will make me into someone with the character God seeks in us. I will trust that whatever comes my way, God will walk with me, providing my needs and not leaving me to my own decision and devices …..where I know I can tend to mess it up. God is good and I know that despite a bumpy road, even in the harshest of areas, flowers still grow, beauty still comes and peace can still be found. ~ B

    • Kelly_Smith

      (I know our word is Patience, but…) There is a peace in your narrative. A peace that passes understanding.

    • Verna

      Thanks so much for commenting, B! Our family has been going through difficult times the past three years and sometimes I wonder when it will ever just STOP! This devotional and your comment have encouraged me so much!

      • ~ B ~

        Verna, you are not alone in this. Not only is God with you, but there are others praying for their fellow brothers and sisters enduring also. There will be an end …. I have a confidence in this for both you and yours and me and mine. :) ~ B

      • Verna

        Thank you, B, for the encouragement!

    • MNmomma (heather)

      I agree B….the rocky roads of life have definitely strengthened my relationship with God and have shaped me and molded me……but can I say that I would have chosen to follow Him without question if given the option? I think about this often, especially in relation to losing my mom at such a young age. I think about for just a moment, what if I could have had her with me…..but then I realize, that would have changed absolutely everything in the course of my life. God had a plan…….He has a beautiful angel with Him who helped lead many to Him. Her life and death spoke to many. If I had not suffered such loss, I would not have the compassion and strength that I have…..He knew what I would need for the trials ahead. …………………………..Yes, there is still work to be done in my heart….a whole lotta work.

      • Kat

        Heather, reading your words brought tears to my eyes. The loss of my mom has been one of the hardest things, yet I truly see “God works ALL things for good, for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose.” Rom 8:28
        He has used this loss & pain for me to minister to other woman (usually my elder), to hug, to comfort, to cry with them. Some of these woman have been ones who normally would not consider me to be someone whom with they could be “friends”. It is a testimony I would not have chosen, but in obedience & patience I choose to be available if He wants to use this loss for His glory. Trying to have the patience in understanding that this “void” won’t be filled, but His grace & mercy is ALWAYS sufficient.

      • ~ B ~

        Losing my Mom is a beyond words experience and I yet, I couldn't imagine losing her at younger than 39 years of age. To try to imagine choosing her over God, or my Dad over Him …. that's a significant examination of heart H! Your strength in it beautiful! ~ B

    • Beverly

      Your words reminded me of the verse about entering through the narrow gate. The path with God is not the easy way, it is narrow and unknown. But I believe that nothing worth having is ever easy. It requires patience and humility. I love your words, B. Thank you for sharing this part of your heart. It's brought perspective to my own situation of unknowns.

      • ~ B ~

        I LOVE that verse Beverly. Thank you for reminding me of it! God just continues to groom the image of a large garden for me. Remembering that verse has just identified His gate in it. It's like a puzzle piece He continues to gift me. Thank you for sharing it and letting God speak through you B! ~ B

    • Katie_K

      I've asked myself these same questions many times. I had a difficult childhood, and a difficult adult life so far and sometimes I see friends who have had much easier paths and wonder what life for me would be like if these hardships hadn't existed in my life. Many times I've wished for a different life, but I've come to see that I wouldn't be the woman I am today without those hardships. I wouldn't know the Lord the way I do, I wouldn't feel his presence so strongly, I wouldn't truly truly know that He does hear and answer prayers, even if they aren't the answers we hope for. I think we also learn the true gravity of sin, the true and full weight of it and what it does to God and to us through the hard times.
      There are still times I'd like to escape, but would I trade these things for an easier path? I actually don't think so. In the end, the glory of God and knowledge of Him on such a deep and personal level far outweighs anything this life can offer. I'm at a point right now where I'm trusting Him with it all. I really have no idea of where I will be in a year. My job, location and relationship status may all be different. But I trust Him and that He has a plan for it all. Praise the Lord that I know Him. I can't imagine trying to be patient, longsuffering, etc. without Him.

      • ~ B ~

        Times you'd like to escape….I understand that completely. BUT God in all His goodness calls us Home and keeps us close! I can't imagine trying to be patient or longsuffering without Him either. ~ B

    • tina

      ~B, don't feel I've spoken to you much, this study….hope you are well and that the family are all good too…just wanted to send you some love and hugs….ans to say hello!!! Xxx

      • ~ B ~

        T – Thank you so much for the note. You are dear to me and I absolutely love your insight, encouragement and words … the hugs and love from you are much appreciated friend. I'll take as many as I can get! Love to you! ~ B

  • Please know that this community means so much to so many of us. I am so blessed by SRT! God has been speaking to me through each one of the Fruit of the Spirit devotionals. I love that God is working on telling me something and then I read my morning truth with yall and its confirmed! I am so full!

  • You spoke straight into my heart….

  • Two things:
    1. Can we pleaseeee make that scripture picture a lockscreen? IT IS SO PRETTY! (Yes, I know I'm vain. Lol).

    2. On a more serious (and long) note: I wasn't expecting this devo to center on a struggle with anxiety. I was recently diagnosed with a general anxiety disorder after months of panic attacks and severe anxiety that is pretty much equal to a mental breakdown. I spiraled out of control, into the depths of fear and sadness I had never experience. It was miserable.
    Through therapy and medicine, I have slowly begun to pull myself out of the pit, only to fall back in since I've been home from school the past 3 weeks. The anxiety, though not as severe, has come back with a vengeance, and it is so scary. So, so scary.

    Honestly: part of me was reading through the different readings from this series tonight (I'm a bit behind) so I could find some comfort in y'alls words, something that I usually do when I'm struggling. I hope to hone in on a verse or quote and it brings me some semblance of the hope and support seeking. I was thinking maybe joy, or peace would especially be helpful right now. Patience was the last word I was thinking of. Further proof that God has a sense of humor, and His plans and thoughts are greater than my own, right? :-)

    I, like you, love the "we" in the scripture. Anxiety (and mental illness in general) isSO ISOLATING. I felt like I was crazy for so long. Like I was the only one struggling. I suffered for many months alone when I shouldn't have. Now I have friends in the wings, both helping me, standing in solidarity with me (I learned I was sooo not the only one struggling!), and most importantly, loving me through it all. I wish I had reached out to my people sooner.

    Patience isn't something I've ever likened to trials, but now that I think about it, there have been so many times I've thought, written, or prayed about why this is happening and when is it going to be over. I'm an inpatient person in general, but never realized how that correlates with this battle I'm in right now. I want to get through this storm so bad, even though I want to believe something good will come from it. But I want that good NOW, and the bad to go away. Such a struggle.

    This reminds me of two of my favorite verses:
    In this world you'll have trouble. But take HEART! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
    In all things God works for the good of the people who love Him. (Rom 8:28)

    As much as I want OUT of this season of life, God has given me a gift in your words: remembrance that He will do GOOD in the midst of this season. I just have to hold on, keep leaning on Him, and be patient. Take heart, He has overcome- and He will be back to remove all this suffering from me. He will set it all straight. I know this, but in the midst of the trials, it's hard to fully believe it. I want to, though.

    Thank you so much for your word, Andrea. God gave me an important lesson I wasn't expecting tonight! :) Love you, my SRT sisters.

    • Kelly Lynn

      Jordan,

      You are SO not alone! I’ve been struggling with GAD and Panic Disorder since the 6th grade (I’m now 21). I was managing it for years and then last year around this time it came back worse than ever before. I had to take this entire past year off of college and move back home. It’s been so, so, SO difficult to deal with and remain patient. I’ve slowly gotten a little better and each day is another small step. Tomorrow I will actually be moving back to school and I’m INCREDIBLY nervous. But you just made me realize I’ve been being very impatient with God, asking Him to heal me rather than being patient with Him. Thank you for that realization! Anyways, I will be praying for you. We all need to work together to end the stigma on mental illness and be supportive of our brothers and sisters who battle it with us. Through God, all things are possible. God bless!

      • MNmomma (heather)

        Oh…..and I totally agree on the lock screen! My first thought when I saw it too!

    • Kirsten

      Prayers for you this morning, Jordan. You are definitely not alone, as I know this struggle all too well. This devotion spoke to my heart also, as I'm waiting on Him, praying for His strength, and believing He will carry me through. He has shown himself faithful, even amidst the suffering!
      Blessings!!

    • Andrea

      Jordan, thanks for your openness and honesty. People like you are an inspiration to me, you really are! Jesus promised the disciples they would go to other side of the lake but he didn’t promise they would not go through a storm on the way. He was with them in it though. He’s with you. He’s with me, and he is with all of us.

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Jordan – prayers lifted for you this morning. You are definitely not alone. Love and prayers with you sister!

    • Christa

      Praying for you Jordan. Keep pressing into the ONE who can hold it all.

    • Beverly

      I agree with your words, Jordan. My anxious heart leads me closer and closer to Him. I hold Romans 8:28 near to my heart during challenging seasons too. He is good, and wants to give us good. Grateful we serve a gracious, good God.

    • crowdjen

      Jordan, I know you wrote this 5 weeks ago and I'm hoping that you've found relief since then. Bust just in case, I wanted to say I've been there, too! For me, the most frustrating thing about having a mood disorder is the well-meaning advice I get from Christians who have never experienced it. They simply don't understand that mental illness is caused by brain chemicals being out of whack. It's not caused by a lack of faith, any more than cancer or diabetes is.

      You will get through it. You will feel better. The fact that you are in the Word, looking to a community of believers for support and encouragement, means you are on the right track. Love and prayers.

  • I love how you emphasize here that patience is so much more than just waiting! The word "patience"also means "to be passionate longer". so it's not about playing it cool, becoming passive, or putting it out of our minds as we wait. It's continuing to bring it before God, continuing to do what we can do, and doing it passionately.
    Often I think God gives us times of waiting so we can learn how passionate we really are about something. Sometimes desires fade, and maybe that's OK. But when I notice passions that increase as I wait, I get excited, because I know those are more likely to be passions God planted in my heart, and I can wait with hope and expectation.

    • Kelly_Smith

      Great insight! I keyed in on James 5:8 "Establish your hearts." I am adding your thoughts on our passion building to my journal entry for today. It's digging in our heels and setting our face toward our calling, declaring "I will not be moved!"

      • Hannah

        Yes Kelly! That establishing is such a key aspect of faith as well. The word faith in Hebrew has to do with driving a tent stake into the ground to secure the tent. When we establish it in our hearts and drive a stake into the ground, that's faith, and remaining firm in our commitment takes patience.

    • Lyle

      Hannah, I love the idea of waiting with hope and expectation!

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Wow. wow. wow. OK this really, really struck me. To be passionate longer. hmmmmmmmmmmm…..makes total sense. LOVE this insight. And Kelly…your comment about digging in our heels and sticking with our calling in the midst of everything else….reminds me of when I was younger….

      My mom passed away the summer after my freshman year of college. I had a tough situation with my step dad and was no longer going to be staying with him. I ended up staying most of the time at my, at the time, boyfriend's parent's home. My boyfriend and I had been together thru the ups and downs of my mom's illness and then death for the past year and a half….it was a rocky road. He proposed over Christmas my sophomore year of school and we were married right after finals that spring. The amount of disapproval for our marriage was unbelievable. We were too young. It would never work. We were never going to amount to anything. I would never finish school. (you get the drift). During my junior year of nursing I found out I was pregnant with our oldest. To say it was unplanned (by us anyways!!!) was an understatement. I completed my junior year, but had to request a year hiatus before starting my final year. Again, the passionate responses came at us…..and when I found out I was expecting baby #2 just a few months later (the boys are 17 months apart)….let's just say the chorus grew. It did not stop me. I knew God had led me down this path for a reason. A very specific reason. I reenrolled after a 2 year hiatus. Was on the Dean's List and with double stroller in tow at times due to daycare issues, pushed thru my senior year. During that senior year we had a project that we were to describe our dream job. Mine was to be a school nurse. When my mother in law called to say they were hiring back in the small town where we had been from, I applied….on a whim. I mean, I hadn't even graduated yet. I didn't have my license! When I waited for the interview I met some of the other candidates and my heart sunk. There was no way a girl who hasn't even graduated would get the job over these very qualified women. That was 14 years ago. I can say that I have always worked at the job that God had in mind for me. When I had baby number three and he had major health needs, we were right by my in laws. They were able to help with the other boys. Our boys have grown up with family and love all around. God knew what he was doing…and thankfully I dug in and listened and was not moved by all of the doubters satan threw at us!

      • Hannah

        Wow Heather, you have a powerful story of passion and endurance. It's such a blessing to hear God's faithfulness to you and your faithfulness to the vision He gave you!

      • Debra

        Thanks for sharing. God is so good when we step back and just listen to His plan

    • Carolyn J

      Hannah,

      I love your insight about waiting being viewed as a test to see if we really want it. So often I liken my walk with God and my understanding of His nature to being a parent to my two children. I didn't grow up in a Godly home, though I had Christian influences around me and I've believed in Jesus since I was 5. But I've never really seen good examples of how to raise children in a Christian home, with a Christian childhood and such. But anyways, your thought reminded me of parenting – if my children ask for something, sometimes I Have to say NO – either because it's almost dinnertime and snacks now would ruin their appetite, or NO because it's almost bedtime because you have school in the morning, or NO because Mommy needs some quiet time right now. I also find myself telling my children "just be still a minute" and stop asking the same questions over and over and over – but when they do ask the same questions over and over, I know that they're really sincere about their interest in this thing that they want (or want to do). If I ask them to wait, and they soon forget about it, well, it must not have been very important to them. But the things that they are passionate about, I don't have to guess, because they let me know full well what they want. And if I'm able, I'll give it to them. I love them, no matter what, so why wouldn't I want to give things to them, but I also know that sometimes they need to develop patience and discipline.

      God is the same to us. It has taken me a LONG time to see this, and I still struggle with it (again, I was raised in secular home by generally good, hardworking people who were either not saved Christians or not actively in church – I didn't start going to church until I was 14 or 15 and I went with my friend at the time).

      God is our Father in Heaven. He wants good things for us, His plans are SO much better than our plans. He has hopes for our future, that we would prosper. He plans good things for those who Love Him, trust Him, fear Him. We can't get so caught up in our own wants and desires like a 5 year old and then pout when we don't get our way. Sure, it's normal to want to pout – being told NO stinks – majorly. But sometimes you just gotta have faith that He's working out things for good for those who love Him. And just like any good parent, He knows what's best for us, so sometimes His answer is NO, and it's for our own good – and that is hard to comprehend sometimes – ok most of the time. But it's all about our growth, our walk with Him, our ability to trust in Him and live FOR Him. If we do these things, He WILL provide – we need only to wait. And to longsuffer without groaning and throwing a 5 year old tantrum.

      • Hannah

        Carolyn,
        I love how you ask your kids to be still a minute! I have five kids, and I don't like to ask them to be patient when I really mean to wait (because sometimes those are different things!) but what they really need is to be still. That gives me acchance to explain how I'm taking care of them. It reminds me of a time when God showed me that many of the things I said to my kids over and over were actually God's word to me! You can read it here if you're interested: http://hannahkallio.org/2014/12/12/yousaid/

    • Stacy

      Love that, Hannah!

    • Beverly

      What a great connection between patience and surrender – thanks, Hannah! Your words also reminded me that surrender is an action, a movement toward God and His goodness.

    • Susan

      I love your insight, but just wondering where the definition to be passionate longer comes from? Is that standard dictionary or greek or hebrew? Thank you

    • Anastasia

      Wow Hannah! Beautiful insight! That really hits home with me. I struggle a lot with finishing a thing and waiting for the right moment and find things I was so excited to start fade so quickly. This could be something else (like not being in tough with God enough for Him to grow something inside of me) but the picture you just put in my mind is motivation enough to keep trying! Wish me luck!

      Now where to find room to add it to my "she studies" section… :/ :P

    • Megan

      This is absolutely amazing! College is so hard. And sometimes I literally want to pack up and go home and never see campus again. BUT. I remember why I even came here in the first place– to get my degree so I can fulfill the calling God has placed on my life. If I am ever going to be a teacher and help mold precious children, I have to get that piece of paper that tells me I can do so. And I can’t get my diploma unless I’m longsuffering and finish college! This process has taught me just how passionate I really am about teaching, because if I wasn’t, I would have quit already. Thanks for the insight!

  • Kind of can’t help but smile that yesterday’s devotional was about peace and I left a comment about how I’m struggling at times to find peace in waiting for my future husband…and then today’s lesson is about patience. Ha, message received, Lord!

    These verses were a great reminder that I am not alone – many people are waiting and crying out to God on many other things. And He hears us! That’s such a relief to know that.

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Oh man Molly, you are right…..what a relief to know we are not alone!!!! Prayers for you this morning!

    • kay

      You're not alone Molly! People keep on asking me, why can't I just take the risk and date someone who likes me, but that's the earthly way of finding and building relationship. I will pray for us! Let's be patient with God's gift for us. :)

    • Ashley Prendergast

      girl you are sooooo not alone. sometimes the best men in the world need a little more time to be worked on ;) same goes for the ladies! ❤ just be patient, just a little longer. xox

    • Jessica

      Right here with ya girl! I was thinking the same thing! :)

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