Clothe Yourself With Patience: Lauren

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Your adornment must not be merely external–braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:3-4

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

This series is for women to share what they are learning to spiritually clothe themselves with, how they choose to adorn their heart, and what they choose to put on because of their desire to be precious in God’s sight.


 

patience

Waiting. No one likes it.

However, at some point during our normal day-to-day routine, we all end up meeting patience… face to face. We meet her in the grocery store line while checking out, in the middle of rush hour traffic when we are already running 30 minutes late to work, in the doctor’s office, and even find ourselves experiencing her in some of our conversations.

As women, I feel like we are planners by nature.

From the time we were little girls, we had big dreams and aspirations of what/who we wanted to be when we grew up, where we wanted to work, where we wanted to live, who we wanted to marry, and how many children we wanted to have.

For some of us, things fall into a place a little easier than others. However, at some point in our lives, we must be patient. Women of God are called to be pursued by men… a thing we must wait PATIENTLY for. But, we all have moments where we get anxious, uneasy, and want to take matters into our own hands. We want to start planning again. This is an issue, personally, that I struggle with on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong; I think having a plan is a great thing. However, we have to allow the Lord to be our personal assistant. Don’t lose me here. I’m not saying God should not be the Lord of our lives, but try to follow me as I paint this picture for you.

Think of a famous person. Anyone. A performer, writer, athlete. That person probably has a personal assistant. Someone who knows him/her better than they know themselves. That assistant is in charge of planning this person’s day-to-day activities, along with big events. This performer or writer is able to do all they could possibly do with the help of an assistant. They are flexible. They work together. They are patient.

Try to think of the personal assistant like God. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows the plans He has for us. He knows where will go, when, and how we will get there. He knows our lives and us better than we know ourselves. We have to trust Him. We have to be patient. He is patient with us. He is kind. He is good. He has a plan.

I have come to the realization that being patient and trusting Him is something that I really struggle with. But He is asking that much of us. He’s got this.

Hang in there, sister. I know it is sometimes frustrating, but I feel that the Lord can really work in us and through us when we are patient enough to trust Him and listen.

So, in closing, trust your Personal Assistant. He knows you better than you know yourself. He’s got everything planned out. For today, tomorrow, and the weeks to come. All He asks is that you be patient with Him and others.

I can’t imagine that my beautiful friend Lauren is the only person on the planet to need help with patience. Can you relate to her story? I hope reading it encourages you like I does for me.

4 Comments

  • Mama Brucks

    Great reminder about how important a gentle and quiet spirit is to God…thank you for this!

    01/27/2016 at 3:22 pm Reply
  • Holly

    I needed to read this. Thank you so much. You are so right, we can’t escape patience. It finds us. Thank God for the Holy Spirit, lol. I can really grow so much in this area, thank you!!

    01/27/2016 at 5:11 pm Reply
  • Lauren English

    Oh I am a planner too! It’s so hard for me to sit back and trust that God will work things out in his timing. This is definitely something He is growing me in though!

    01/29/2016 at 1:29 am Reply
  • Joy

    *raises hand* total planner! I just had this very similar convo with my sister recently. God’s plan and our patience is so os difficult, but man, we need to trust him! Saving this one – look for it in a Friday post!

    01/29/2016 at 3:48 am Reply
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