Does Age Increase Patience?

Does Age Increase Patience?

  Does Age Increase Patience?     One might think the older age one achieves, the more patient she will become. Based on the following scripture in Romans 5: 4, perhaps God intended it to be so: “But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know our suffering produce perseverance; perseverance produces character, and character produces hope that does not disappoint us: for God has poured out His love in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us”  Romans 5: 4. So why do most elderly people find it more difficult to wait on others?  First, for an individual who …

Abraham: a Man Who Waited

Abraham: a Man Who Waited

  Abraham: a Man Who Waited     Abraham, son of Terah, is an excellent example of one who waited on God, but even he was not perfect in waiting. God had told Abraham to leave his country, his people, and his father’s house and go to a land God would show him and promised to make of him a great nation. While seventy-five years of age, Abraham left and took his wife Sarah and his nephew Lot with him. During their journey they experienced a famine, went into Egypt, and because Sarah was a beautiful woman, Abraham thought he might be harmed and …

Job: Another Man Who Waited on God

Job: Another Man Who Waited on God

      Job, Another Man Who Waited on God   Perhaps we have heard of the patience of Job, but I believe he learned patience through his suffering and hardships. Many years later Paul wrote, “Let us also rejoice in sufferings: because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character, and character produces hope that does not disappoint us: because God has poured out His love in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given.” Romans 5: 4. If we read the book of Job, we find that because at Satan’s suggestion to God, Job lost all …

Lord, Help Me Be a Better Waiter

Lord, Help Me Be a Better Waiter

    Lord, Help Me Be A Better Waiter     One might think the older age one achieves, the more patient she will become.  Based on the following scripture in Romans 5: 4, perhaps God intended it to be so: “But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know our suffering produce perseverance; perseverance produces character, and character produces hope that does not disappoint us: for God has poured out His love in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” Romans 5: 4 So why do most elderly people find it more difficult to wait on others?  First, …

My Past Year of Waiting

My Past Year of Waiting

      My Past Year of Waiting   2016 was not one of the best years of my life!  As with Job, sometimes I wonder if Satan got permission from God to sift my life: because it is really being sifted! Though I had suffered three bouts of viral pneumonia, I continued trying to serve God about the best I knew how. Then the first week in October, Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida Coast, and the severe wind-blown rain targeted our house located on the corner of Taborfield and Wakeworth Streets.  I knew of no other houses receiving damage, and wondered why our house and no others?  I knew that it …

God’s Purpose in Our Waiting

God’s Purpose in Our Waiting

      God’s Purpose in our Waiting   The Psalmist tells us in Psalm Ninety that a thousand years are as a day in God’s sight,  yesterday as a watch in the night when past; therefore, we should number our days and gain a  heart of wisdom.  So it appears if we use waiting properly, we will gain wisdom. Long ago Micah 7: 7 wrote,” Therefore, I look unto the Lord; I wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.” According to this promise, if we continue praying and believing, God will hear and answer our prayers and …

Love Is Patient

Love Is Patient

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist …

Waiting in the Wings

Waiting in the Wings

  The stage is dark and you’re expecting the lights to come on and the curtain to rise.  The first act is over and by now you’re on an extended intermission wondering will the second act ever begin. —-Many actors suffer from this anxiety while on stage waiting in the wings. Has it ever seemed like you were waiting in the wings for the next scene of your life to start?  Have you been waiting for things to change?  Waiting for something to happen.  Waiting for life to get back to normal.  Waiting for a good job.  Waiting for the …

The Bradford Pear and the Oak: a Metaphor

The Bradford Pear and the Oak: a Metaphor

Opening the door to my car a few weeks ago, I saw it.  The beginnings of the white blossoms on the Bradford Pear tree. My heart rejoiced.  Spring is here! Over the coming weeks, I watched in awe as the multitude of Bradford Pears began to bloom into a snowy canvas of beauty. Then the white blossoms began to give way to brilliant green leaves. As I drank the beauty of another life-after-death example in God’s creation in these weeks, I noticed that the larger trees looked like they were still living in the dead of winter. But just this week, …