Posts Tagged patience

The Fact is…

We don’t have to look any further than Facebook to find someone passing judgement on someone else. I know; I’m as guilty as anyone, but I’m working on it. The thing I always wonder: Do we know all the facts? Most of the time, the answer to that question is, “No, we don’t.” We look at what we hear, and/or read, and without giving another thought to the accuracy of the report, we outwardly and often vehemently condemn people. A couple of sayings come to mind: Judge not, lest you be judged. If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything.

A person will reap what they sow, and most times, we/they don’t need any help with the plowing. The thing is, we do need help with the growing. We are all a result of the how we are treated by others, and we grow best when we are loved and nurtured, even though at times it seems we’re not worth the fertilizer. Let’s give each other some room to grow.

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Slow Down!

toddler (1)When we were toddlers, we were eager to know everything about everything, and we’d often inadvertently put ourselves in harm’s way. The world was full of things we wanted to know more about, and we wanted to explore it all as fast as we possibly could. Fortunately, there was usually someone watching over us, teaching us, and steering us away from the bad stuff.

We’re much the same when it comes to our spiritual lives; we want to know and understand it all now. But we need to go slow, taking baby steps, until we learn our way around God’s wonderful world.

If we stay focused on God and His love for us, He’ll watch over us, guide us, and protect us. And, He’ll teach us all we need to know, when He knows we’re ready to know it.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11

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My Way or the Highway?

I believe the way to have peace among believers is to allow each believer to receive and understand God’s instruction in his own way and in his own time. God deals with us on a personal basis. He doesn’t group us by category according to size, color, knowledge, or any of our differences or similarities. He looks at me and loves me just as I am. He looks at each of you and loves you just as you are. Each and every believer is loved by God. He doesn’t love some more than others, and He doesn’t stop loving any of us because we are different from the rest. Likewise, each of us learns and understands God at our own pace in our own time.

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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

 

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I’m a guessin…

… y’all must not like the stories broken down into small parts, like I did It’s a Dog’s Life today. I kinda thought it would be like the old-time dime novels, but guess I thought like Nelly. I reckon I’ll stick to the short and sweet, like the poem that follows….

Suddenly

Oft’ times our prayers seem to go unanswered

We start thinking, maybe God doesn’t care

We wait, ever patient, stand on our faith

I’ve been known to stand on an ear

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No answer comes, we grumble and groan

Quite certain that He doesn’t love us

We try to outguess Him, figure Him out

As He smiles down from high above us

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He shakes His head, goes on with His work

Surely chuckles about our impatience

For He’ll not let us down, in spite of our frown

And complaints about His expedience

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In due time, He would tell us, should we but hear

Good things come to those who wait

For the want that you want, if it’s worth the wanting

Is still good whether early or late

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He will answer, my friend…. Have faith in Him

You will have, and have it abundantly

His blessings will flow, and then you will know

Our God is a God of suddenly

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Copyright © 1998 C. Mashburn

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