Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Patience is a Virtue

I am going to let you in on a little secret. I may be the most impatient person on the planet. It is kind of ironic that God paired me with my husband who happens to be the opposite of impatient. We have learned to just laugh at one another over the years, but it was not pretty in the early years. If you need an example just read a little more. We won a hand made, wooden cabinet at the school auction on Saturday night. It was unfinished and I was ready to paint it. My husband tried to talk me into waiting until the weekend when he could keep the children out of the way. Well, I am impatient, you see. I bought my paint and went to work today. Of course, it is a little chilly and I could not leave the children inside without me all day, so I decided just to do it in the living room. After cleaning paint off of everyone, dog included, I am done. Should I have taken my husband's advice? Probably so. It looks nice, but made for a very stressful day. I am trying to learn a lesson here. It seems like God is trying to test my patience in every area of my life right now. There are so many things happening right now that I have no control over. Did I mention I am a little bit of a control freak as well? I was having trouble not living in daily anxiety, but it had become too much. I had no choice but to quit being consumed by it all. I believe God does that when we have trouble just handing it all over to Him, no questions asked. So, I am spending time in the Bible and talking with God instead of worrying about what may happen. I hope I am learning this lesson and will not need to be shaken up like this again for a long time.


Jeanne said...

I feel your control freak pain. Remind me to tell you about the "kitchen demo incident." And remember: a little painted dog now and then makes for great stories! ;-) Hang in there...God does indeed give us the right circumstance to learn at the right time.

Julie said...

Thanks, Jeanne. The dog running around with a red wagging tail was kind of funny.

Anonymous said...

I understand the control-freak pain too. I am trying to find peace in the state God has planted us and not to nag my hubby about it.

Julie said...


We will be praying for you. I know it is hard to be so far away and to not want to be there.