Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thankful for Patience {its a hard one to master}

McGlothin Family Nest
As I sit here in our new house, a new town, a new state.....It still doesn't feel real. I can not help, but be extremely thankful for the new path our life has taken. Just a year ago I was commuting 2 hours each way to work, Thomas was applying endlessly for teaching jobs, I was beyond tired, Thomas was very very frustrated....but we still had patience. Thomas is way better at this virtue than I. During our college years and after he was always encouraged me with motivating words to have.......patience. Such a hard thing to master at least for me it is. In college, I learned about "delayed gratification" essentially this psyc term just means patience. The ability to look beyond the here and now, and know that somewhere down the road you will have gratification. College students have to have this in order to see that in a few years they will a degree, mommies to be have to look beyond the nausea, swollen feet, and sleepless nights knowing that in several months they will be holding a beautiful newborn baby. Yes patience is hard. But over these past years my amount of patience has greatly improved.

Moreover {let us also be full in joy now} let us exalt and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unawsering endurance.
Romans 5:3
What is the point of being patient and waiting??? The well known cliche "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger". Yes we have all heard it, but that is because it is the truth. If we conquer a trial, challenge, hurdle in life with patience and a positive attitude it will only you make you stronger, and more able to overcome the next one. So during those years of communting to college, studying during Tay's naptime, then commuting to work, making ends meet, and much discouragement along the way.....
I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.
Psalm 40:1

Now I am not saying I waited patiently without complaining, wondering when is this going to end, crying many times.....I did all of those things......ALOT. But, as time went on those things became less and less because I realized....he has a plan. And even though, I totally do not get what that plan is or even how it is going happen its there and it will happen. Guess what???? It did. Here's another cliche for ya "Good things come to those who wait"
But if we hope for what is still unseen by us. We wait for it with patience and composure.
Romans 8:25
So today I am thankful for:
11. Thomas being accepted into the Naval Officer Program
12. Finding a house that was move in ready....meaning we
got the keys the day after we found it on craigslist!
13. having supportive parents
14. finishing college
15. a patient husband
16. living 15 minutes away from the beach
17. new opportunities
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  1. patience really is a hard fruit to put to use. We have these fruits inside of us that the Lord has gifted us and yet we ignore is so often. Patience is a gift and boy do i wish i was better at using it. :) You are so not alone!

  2. Patience is SO hard for me sometimes. I love what Alysha said, so true!

    I hope you are getting settled in nicely in your new home.

  3. @alysha- You are so right I do find myself ignoring it sometimes....I have gotten better but need alot work lol

    @jen- I am there with ya ;) and thank you we are getting there a bit easier than I thought =)

  4. Great post! Yes, patience is so hard.

    However, it (patience) is necessary through all trials and tribulations.

    I have been meaning to ask you, you mentioned that you were in graduate school? What were you going to school for? I am always curious to connect with current or past mommy graduate students.

    -Jessica a.k.a Nya's mom

    Really made me think.
    Super happy for you!!

  6. The Thankful on a Thursday blog hop brought me here and I am glad that it did.

    Your trepidation, your enthusiasm and your faith comes through loud and clear in this post. What a wonderful journey you are on!

    Patience becomes easier with age. I can say that now that I am 5 decades old. So now I know WHY patience comes easier with age. The aged have discovered that being impatient is exhausting. To conserve energy, we become patient.

  7. @jac- thank you!!! =)

    @ sharon- Thank you so much the kind words!!! I have seen so many times how exhausting it can be....hopefully more of us can be like you and find patience =)

  8. Boy this is a big one for me to! There's so many blessings that flow from patience--but it's so hard to wait. Patience is as much an attitude as an action. So often I find that I don't have a choice about the wait, I only have a choice about my attitude. Will I fret constantly and be impatient, or will I dig deep and wait with a "quiet spirit?" Great post!