Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Day #2 - The Attraction to Lesser Things

I read Day 2 of our study this morning and again . . . it was good. I wrote quite a bit about it yesterday, how we're attracted to "doing" and getting "things" instead of actually focusing on the relationship at hand. I think that I can especially get caught up in "doing things" for someone instead of actually spending uninterrupted and focused time with them. Anyway, I think I'll post some quotes later on because they really hit home with me.

In the mean time, I have been thinking a lot about patience lately. I know this is an area where I struggle. I'm just a person who likes to take action. If something needs doing or something is wrong, my first reaction is to fix it. Abigail has been extra whiny lately, as I have mentioned before, due probably to her teeth and just her age. Needless to say, it has been trying my patience! Ha!

I truly believe that I have come a long way in this area. I believe that it is a step in the right direction to first admit that you need to work on something (patience). However, today I also read something that hit home with me.

"You can't teach your children something that you do not have."

Hmm, hello!

When we are feeding Abigail and she's "begging" for more, by pointing and whining, our current phrase is "please have some patience". I need to step up my game on this and be an example. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to raise this beautiful and lovely girl. I certainly cannot even begin to do things right as a parent. I must rely solely on the strength, power, and wisdom of Jesus Christ!

In the light of this, I am also pondering the fine line between patience and laziness. Any thoughts?

I will remind myself again of the actual definition of this, since I tend to forget things easily!

Patience is bearing complaints or trials calmly or without complaint. Patience is not being hasty. Patience is being steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity.

1 comment:

Dea (pronounced Deah, like Leah) said...

Hi Jaime!!
You don't know me, but I am a friend of Arielle Corcoran. I pop over to your blog from hers from time to time! :) It is great to read that God is convicting your heart in the area of patience. You are right... confessing it (and repenting of it) is the first step in the right direction. I am in the midst of a study on agape love at my blog and the second quality of love that we recently looked at was patience. I wanted to leave you the link in case you are interested in reading it. Not only is patience required for live out Biblical love, but it must be a part of a life of a person that is walking by the Spirit...so when I don't walk in patience I am walking in my flesh and not truly loving. Wow. I too have been hit with conviction in this area. May God give us grace to be patient with others!! For His glory..by His grace,