If I really “believe” God, I will be patient

January 11, 2012 | 4 comments

I don’t know about the little people in your world, but my little people are persistent. And often impatient.

There are 3 of them right now & one of me. So when a request is made it may not be fulfilled immediately. I’ve often said, “Your request will be answered in the order it was received.”

The other day my younger two were begging for their usual post-nap “juice”. I was literally standing in front of the fridge, the cups already on the counter behind me, when my middle son asked again and again “Where’s my juice? Can I have juice?”

I said, “Wait. Wait! You have to be more patient. Do you trust me? Do you believe that when you ask for something you need that I will get it for you?”

As the words come out of my mouth I hear the Lord talking to me…

“Wait for the Lord; Be strong & let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.” Psalms 27:14

“I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'” Lamentations 3:24

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, & in his Word I put my hope.” Psalms 130:5

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalms 5:3

Pregnancy & mothering involve patience. Waiting. I’m counting down days until I meet this newest member of our family. I’m waiting for my boys to learn certain character qualities.

When I respond in frustration when my boys are challenging I’m not believing that God has it under control. IF I believe God is God & that my boys ultimately belong to Him, then I will be more patient. I can wait on the Lord to grow character in them.

I need to trust Him.
I need to wait.
I need to be patient.

Do you struggle with patience? What are you being called to wait for right now? Do you trust God to handle it?

I leave you with a picture of what happened this week when my boys decided to get themselves some cereal instead of waiting a few minutes for me to get it for them.

Sometimes impatience & taking things into our own hands leads to big messes.


  1. Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace

    Isn’t it amazing what we learn from the kids we are trying to teach? This is a wonderful analogy. Great picture! Oh how true it is.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      thanks leigh ann…yes, everyday I learn more about myself and my selfishness…think how amazing we are going to be when we are in our 50s! 😉

  2. savedbygrace

    I’ve never forgotten the – “Lord I need Patience! Right Now!”

    recently I realized,
    – Patient is a fruit of the Spirit. Not a result of our effort.
    – It happens effortlessly
    – It describes a believer

    good post.. thanks for the reminder

    grace and peace

    • Heather MacFadyen

      so good! yes, patience is completely empowered by the spirit. I’ve almost prayed outloud “Lord give me spirit-filled patience”. thank you!

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