Learning to be patient through suffering is one of life’s lessons most of us would rather just skip over.
Teach me patience, O Lord
My soul is uneasy, distraught
Help me to wait, O Lord
This battle so long I’ve fought
Mold and shape me, O Lord
You are the Potter, I’m clay
I’m being remade, O Lord
Inwardly renewed each day
Guide and direct me, O Lord
My eyes greatly need your sight
Step after trembling step
With your wisdom be my light
Hold me up, O Lord
My spirit yearns for strength
Trials that persist
Give me faith unending length
Help me give it over, O Lord
Surrendering everything unto you
Nothing’s impossible ever!
Your LOVE, POWER, MERCY hold true.
Written by Vivian Joy, June 2019
My dear friend Ana and I have recently been discussing how the Lord’s been using our weak bodies to teach us patience. I struggle so much with an impatient attitude and need to constantly run to my heavenly Father for strength as I endure nearly 4 years of chronic fatigue and TBI. He is faithful in calming my spirit, while I wait on Him in hope. He is teaching me to abide in Him with a quieted spirit as a weaned child (Psalm 131:2).
Colossians 1: 9-11
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
In this school of being taught by pruning, I am grateful for His love, mercy, and compassion each and every moment, as I surrender to His will. Truly, His plan for my life is good (Romans 8:28) and His grace is sufficient. I’m asking God for wisdom in this and to show me patience with joyfulness as I wait on His timing for healing. He’s healed me so much already and I’m getting stronger but like a child waiting for Christmas, the anticipation of my healing gets greater and more intense as I slowly start to see progress and experience more good days. I want to dive in and unwrap my presents of healing now!
2 Corinthians 12:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
My mama once told me there are three ways we need to learn patience;
1) to be patient with ourselves
2) to be patient with others
3) to be patient with God (His timing)
Being patient is being more like Christ. How glad I am for God’s patience with me! I was just telling Mr. Sweeney the other day what an incredibly slow learner I am. In God’s classroom, I feel like the dunce most days but I’m so very grateful God always extends merciful patience with me as He instructs me through His word.
Please dear God, continue to show me how to wait on you in faith with a renewed spirit of patience.🙏💗