Impatience (Extended week of no dairy, no sugar)

These are not my words; I have rearranged a bit and added my own commentary:

“I don’t like to have to repeat myself. I tend to want the people (for me it’s my husband, and my children when they were small) around me to understand quickly.” (Apparently, the author has been spying on me.)

(So,) How can you and I not be grateful for God’s patience with us? He doesn’t demand of us instant maturity. He doesn’t require that we get it right quickly. He doesn’t teach us a lesson just once. He comes to us in situation after situation, each controlled by his sovereign grace, each designed to be a tool of transformation, and he works on the same things again and again. — I am grieved that my heart is still not like that of my Savior.” Paul David Tripp, New Morning Mercies

Oh, how thankful I am that my loving, patient heavenly Father works repeatedly on areas of my life that need His transforming grace! I pray to be like my Savior and extend the same grace to others. But, I’m also mindful of my daily choices honoring Him (as I shared in my post, What’s All the Fuss?).

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends:  A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.  –2 Peter 3:8 & 9, NLT

What is an area in your life that God is being patient for your sake?21558951_10210312362551381_332738197587936756_n

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