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Monday, August 23rd - Becoming More Patient

"We're praying this so that you can live lives that are worthy of the Lord and pleasing to him in every way: by producing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God; by being strengthened through his glorious might so that you endure everything and have patience." -COLOSSIANS 1:10-11

When I'm running late, I (Carrie) want to use the Keurig for a quick cup of coffee. No filters, no coffee pots – just put in the K-cup and go. BUT – when the water level is lower than expected, I have to stop and refill. Then I must wait for the water to be warmed. It only takes a little extra, but why is that extra time so frustrating?

It is frustrating because I have improper expectations. Even though it all happens pretty fast, my expectations were that it would be instantaneous. It simply didn’t happen in my desired timeframe. We often experience and live out our faith the same way. We bring expectations to God, and when He does not answer our prayers the way we desire or doesn’t act within our desired timeframe we grow frustrated. We must realize this is not a God problem but is an expectation problem. Learning to have patience and waiting for the proper time is difficult, but it is essential to managing the stress and frustration when facing challenges in our lives.

When do you find it hardest to wait?

Author: Carrie Hubert

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