Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Discovering True Patience

I became a Mother about a year and a half ago. My journey into motherhood was not as difficult as I had always imagined it would be. I got through the pregnancy (although definitely not pain-free!), I made it through labor & delivory (which had always been my greatest fear!), and the first year of motherhood was surprisingly simple. I was patient with my daughter, attentitive to her needs, and every moment I had to care for her I was glad to do it! This was a shock to me because I have always been an impatient person and I had always worried about how I would be as a mother. God definitely answered my prayers in getting me through the initial shock of being Mom. I fully understood that she was a baby, she did not know any better when she did things wrong (to a certain extent) and when she cried it was for a purpose.

Somehow as my daughter has begun to learn how to talk, walk, and express her personality, my level of patience has decreased. I'm starting to realize why God has placed such an emphasis on patience in the Bible. It affects our own lives, our families' lives, and the lives of those around us. For this reason I have been seeking encouragement and biblical advice on how to practice patience in everything I do, not just when it comes to motherhood, but in everything that I do.

These are some verses that have been encouraging to me at this time...

James 1:19-20
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

Colossians 3:12-13
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Oh if only it were simple to just say, "Ok God! From now on I am going to be the woman that you desire for me to be. I will be slow to become angry. I am going to be humble, patient, merciful, kind, and tenderhearted towards every person that I meet. I will forgive anyone who offends me, and I will always be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer."

Yes, it would be nice if we could be all we are called to be in one instant. But that is not how God has designed us! He continues to teach us His ways through His word, and through Him we can know that these things are perfectly attainable! God is not finished with me yet. As I continue to grow in my walk with Christ, He will (as he has promised!) grant me the wisdom needed to attain all of these things! Everything the Word of God says a woman should be is something we all should stive to achieve, because God WILL bless us with these qualities the more we seek His truths.

One person I have truly been blessed by lately is
Michelle Duggar. This may be the first time I have ever looked up to a person that I do not actually know haha. She is a mother of 18 children, yes I did say 18! She and her family have a reality show on the TLC network. This show has been such a blessing to me because everytime I turn it on I am absolutely amazed by Michelle's stature. She has a heart for God, she submits to her husband, she loves her children, she is sooo kind to everyone she meets, and her patience with each and every one of her children is one the things I admire most about her. Michelle and her husband Jim Bob teach their children in the way of the Lord. That is something I strive for with Zoe, and at this point in my life I feel like I don't even know where to begin!

This week I have one goal: Not to express any harsh tones towards my daughter. I want to exercise true godly patience towards her. I can be stern and let her know when she is doing wrong of course, but I do not want her to think that I am angry when I am disciplining her. That is one area I consistently fail in.

So that is it for now! God is in control and I am looking forward to seeing how God is going to work in me in the next few weeks.

More on the TV show: 18 Kids & Counting -- I did some reading about the Duggar family on their website and they said they would not do the show if they were going to edit out their faith. TLC does a surprisingly great job at not editing out the times when they talk about thair faith in Jesus. It's amazing! It is so unlike any other TV show I've seen before. I definitely recommend it.

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