Have you ever noticed that sometimes the very thing you are praying for suddenly intensifies….in the wrong direction? Here we are, praying daily for the very things that our children need most (PATIENCE!) and what do we find in short supply? PATIENCE! At least in my house…
Can I offer you a bit of encouragement? Stick with it. The battle is not ours and we already know who wins! Allow the LORD to minister to your heart, renewing your strength, and giving you wisdom for the days ahead, knowing that He will provide for your every need.
DAY 13 ACTION STEPS
READ | If you haven’t already, read through “The Fruit of the Spirit” (pg. 27-28) and work through any (or all) of the Study Questions that enhance your time in this challenge!
PRAY | Work through the 10 prayers on Patience (pg. 32) using whatever method works best for you!
COMMENT | For our discussion today, let’s work through some practical ways to instill patience in our own sons. Any tips, resources, experiences, or personal victories in this area that you could share with the other mamas? Do you have a verse to cling to when your patience is wearing thin?
Day Thirteen – Patience
Encouragement from Brooke
I sat across the table from a younger friend of mine and listened to her share her heart and vision for all she wanted to accomplish in Jesus' Name. She was 16, and had decided that living an every day, mundane life wasn't for her. No, she wanted a big life spent for the Lord.
I'm convinced that God cares less about how much I accomplish in life...the "great things" I do in His Name...than He does about how I respond to the things He allows into my life on the daily. Some of the most accomplished in the Kingdom of Christ are those whose names you and I will never know this side of heaven. And greatness is only measured by how well we respond to Christ in the little things. Being patient for what God's plan is and not necessarily pursuing our own dreams.
Paul E. Miller has this to say about greatness in his book entitled A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World:
“Underneath her obedient life is a sense of helplessness. It has become part of her very nature … almost like breathing. Why? Because she is weak. She can feel her restless heart, her tendency to compare herself with others. She is shocked at how jealousy can well up in her. She notices how easily the world gets its hooks into her. In short, she distrusts herself. When she looks at other people, she sees the same struggles. The world, the flesh, and the Devil are too much for her. The result? Her heart cries out to God in prayer. She needs Jesus.”
"But whoever would be great among you must be your servant … " ~Matthew 20:26
Pray the ten prayers for Patience. Ask God to search your heart for any offensive ways in you and ask Him to lead you in the way everlasting. Ask yourself this question: Do you think we're teaching our sons that the "little things" are what matter most?
May__________be an example of suffering and patience (James 5:10).
May__________be strengthened with all power, according to God’s glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy (Colossians 1:11).
May__________prove himself by his purity, understanding, patience, kindness, by the Holy Spirit within him, and by His sincere love (2 Corinthians 6:6).
May__________preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching (2 Timothy 4:2).
May__________not presume on the riches of God’s kindness and forbearance and patience, knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead him to repentance (Romans 2:4).
May__________put on then, as God’s chosen one, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience (Colossians 3:12).
May__________be patient, for the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit (Ecclesiastes 7:8).
May__________have good sense making him slow to anger, for it is his glory to overlook an offense (Proverbs 19:11).
May__________make every effort to add to his faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love (2 Peter 1:5-7).
May__________be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness (Titus 2:2).