Gifts of the Season, From the Heart, Not the Pocket-From Coffee Hour @ Chickilt Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and to this “gift” series. Grab your coffee and come on in and unwrap our next gift that we all need for ourselves so we can give it out to others. 🙂

Patience . . . I can hear you groaning and that old familiar saying, “Never pray for patience.” Well, hopefully, you will feel differently after today’s coffee hour. 🙂

Did you know that the first Bible translations for peace were the word “longsuffering”? I didn’t either. 🙂 The Greek word is “Hupomone” which means an abiding under. [Hupo = under; meno = abide.] I love that word picture! Patience/longsuffering grows only in and through trials, trials like everyday trials that vary in size and depth; trials that are a form of correction, and then there are those trials such as illnesses that are categorized as undeserved affliction, which is where “longsuffering” comes from.

Patience is also persistence and perseverance in well doing.

As a verb, it still translates to abide, but here’s a couple more definitions that give me goose bumps! 🙂 To tarry behind, wait for. Now that’s another beautiful word picture.

As I look back on my own process of receiving these gifts, I am completely humbled at His extraordinary patience He extended to me as He waited for me to recognize that I desperately needed Him to come into my heart, to make sense of my life which was a bunch of broken pieces. It is because He has poured out His patience in me that I am able to persevere in ministry. His patience extended to me has become persistence. It’s because I have received much patience from Him that I must extend patience to any and all people he brings into my life.

What about you; how has He extended patience to you?

In His patient love,

Evinda

 

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2 Responses to “Gifts of the Season, From the Heart, Not the Pocket-From Coffee Hour @ Chickilt Power”

  1. Suzanne Kuchynka says:

    I’m having to be patient with God’s plan for me. I wrote a bible study a couple of years ago and would like to get it published, yet God has not opened the doors for it yet. Instead I am working a job that has been hard on me physically and mentally as well. It’s in a warehouse with much heavy lifting and the enviroment is a bit oppressive. Yet I can see God refining me and toughening me up. It’s also allowing me to catch up and grow into this bible study I wrote about identity. I just wonder how long this will go on. I have little choices because there are no jobs right now. I’m tempted to be angry and throw in the towel, then I look at it through God’s eyes and can see His magnificent plan. I can be thankful for the hard times and consider it joy because of what it is producing in me. I would not learn the things I am learning in an easy enviroment. I’m having to face adversity and do the hard thing, but I must be patient and keep fighting the good fight. Thanks for your post!

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to post your comment. It squeezes my heart with an encouraging smile!:)