Patience, Have Patience

Anyone remember Quigley’s Village? Danny Lion and his sister, Lemon? Singing that song?

Patience, have Patience? Obviously, some children learn better than their mothers! 

 I received a specific message I know God meant for me to read yesterday. His gentle reminder that He knew where I was the day before and the place of patience was not its name. With a very curious crawling 8-month old grandson (think greased up bowling ball with a thousand limbs and nowhere to grasp on- he weighs 25 pounds!) and the very (every day is a party waiting to happen, and limits, what limits?) 6-year old granddaughter.

I was convicted. 

 No, not just convicted.  

I was waylaid, ambushed, smitten, yea, struck down by a statement of Ann Voskamp’s in one of her blog posts that I just happened to read{Now is not an emergency to rip through, but a moment to embrace with gratitude.}

I think I’ve spent most every waking moment of my life living like it WAS an emergency to rip through.

It was tough! Not enough sleep for several days and a road trip in the days leading up to it created a physical exhaustion which limited my ability to be kind when it was most needed, and I was counting the hours til i could collapse. I’m sorry kids!

God used her words to truly point out, in the kindest fashion, what the problem is- I gave up praying for patience years ago, decided that the only way I was going to get through the tough stuff was endurance- just get me through it, Lord, I don’t care how. And He answered me. I did. I had endurance and I got through a LOT OF STUFF. Just tucked in and trudged through the mire and mud.

 Now- “Ouch, that velvet hammer on the head hurts, Lord!”- I realize that is exactly why I need to pray for patience in the here and now! Yes, I feel like dirt, had NO patience with the darling granddaughter (duh, of course, if you don’t ask for it….). So, I pick myself up off the disastered floor from the day before yesterday and move forward and press on.

Toward Patience which is really Love by another name!

 

Ok, I’m slow. 

I get it now. 

About time. 

 

Some lessons take a lifetime to learn!

Thanks, Lord! For meeting me where I am.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 

1 Corinthians 13:4

Five Minute Friday: Beyond

Beyond…

Is that like out in the wild blue yonder? or To infinity and beyond? or is it Just beyond me!

Whatever beyond is, it is something that is “out there”. Whether actually or mentally, beyond is outside our grasp. 

So, what’s beyond me?

 

It’s beyond me…

 

 to understand why people cut across three lanes of traffic just to get to the exit and scare the creeps out of all of the rest of us who are watching.

to climb a mountain, not that I would want to- I like hiking, etc. but mountains are to look at!

to get why someone would fight getting old- we all do it- and it’s the natural order of things. 

to stop doing things I’m capable of just because I’m getting older- that’s a cop out.

to swim more than 4-5 laps in my pool- but getting better every day.

to not believe there’s a beautiful, grand order to things in this world and that all things and beings were made for a specific purpose and there is a plan! 

to understand the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything -yes, I’ve been listening to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-road trip- and no, it’s not 42!

But, it’s not beyond me to get that The Author and Creator of the Galaxy is in control and it is His plan at work in me daily and that daily I fail some and get back up and succeed some.  

Ding.

Oh, have to add these verses they just fit too well!

 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. Deuteronomy 30:11-13

 

Sanctification

From the Late Latin sanctificārefrom Latin sanctus holy + facere to make

 

Oswald Chambers asked this question and followed it with a clarifying statement: 

“Am I willing to reduce myself simply to ‘me’ determinedly to strip myself of all my friends think of me, of all I think of myself, and to hand that simple naked self over to God?” 

“Sanctification is not something that Jesus puts into me; it is Himself in me.” 

 

 Myself only.

My self and Jesus

Everything else- gone. 

Me? 

Me not cluttered with the rest of life? 

Me ? 

Alone? 

Emptied?

To where all you see is Jesus through the transparency of me?

Only. 

 

 To be dressed in the clothes of the daughter of The King?

In the clothes He chose for me? 

Dressed as He would dress me?

So when you see me, you see Him in me.

Only.

 

 How do I let go of all of the other stuff inside?

Where You in me have the room- the ‘space’ to be You IN me?

Today, I only know that whatever You call it, I do not want some thing in me. 

I want the Some Who that is You.

You. 

Only.

 

 Teach me, Lord.

It is a struggle indeed.

It is a battle.

Drag it all. 

         All out of me.

Til there is You – and – me. 

 

 Only.

  

“If you love me, you will obey what I command.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.  On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”  

 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. John 14:15-24

 

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