Lessons in Patience
The past 15 months has taught me that there is nothing like a big trial to teach your patience!
An interesting study about the effects of the ability to patience.
A clip from Elder Uchtdorf's talk "Continue in Patience""
Waiting Can Be Hard
I remember when my husband died I so desperately wanted to know and have so many things fixed.
What happened with the accident?
What is the purpose of this trial?
How will I continue on?
What will my life look like now in the future?
What should I do now?
These were the questions that plagued my mind and troubled my thoughts. I desperately wanted answers, and I wanted them RIGHT NOW! How could God deny me answers? After all, He had taken my husband.
Fifteen months later I look at my life. Holy cow! It is nothing like I envisioned it to be. I would have never guessed the things that would transpire or that things that would now be in the works. That's not bad either; in fact, I think it is turning out much better than my plan would have anyway.
However, back then I wouldn't have been able to accept all of this. I wasn't ready yet. Time and experience and study had to carve out a place in my heart for change and acceptance. I had growing to do first before I was ready for answers.
Patience Isn’t Merely Waiting
My caring and my patience was making a difference
in the lives of the people I was serving.
Caring creates faith in others by allowing them to feel God's love,
creating a place in their hearts to receive.
Never give up on anyone and that includes not giving up on yourself!
The Lord’s Way and Time
In our patience on waiting on the Lord and for His will and time table to be revealed we display TRUST in Him.
That Trust leads to greater Faith.
Patience Requires Faith
When the Lord know that He can trust us to be obedient and do what He asks us to do, He will give us more knowledge, but that special blessing comes only when we have proven that we can be faithful and trusted. He gives us a little and then sees what we will do with it. He allows us time for processing and time for change. If we are successful then he knows that we are ready to handle and learn a little more.
Patience is our schooling.
A few months ago, I would not have been willing to accept this path for my life, but the experiences of the last few months changed somethings in my heart and I was now willing to accept that answer. So that is the new plan. I still don't know when the house will sell and I do not know how long we will live together, but I am trusting that the Lord will make that known to me on a "as needed basis." He says, "This is what you need today. Be patient and be faithful and I will tell you more." Daily he is giving me my Mana or my DAILY BREAD.
The Lord Blesses Us for Our Patience
I remember one time in particular this year that I felt the spirit tell me not to do something that I very badly wanted to do. It was really hard to obey that prompting, but I knew that if I was obedient that I would be blessed. I followed the prompting and then I cried. I cried for a while. Then I moved forward and waited for the blessing.
As it turned out, what I thought would happen did not happen. In fact, my actions really helped someone that I cared about. Furthermore, I gained some valuable knowledge and experience that later helped me with my sister and facilitated the answer that we should move in together.
If I wouldn't have obeyed and instead done what I wanted to do, for a small moment I may have felt some happiness, but in the end I would have missed out on something far better.