I need more patience! I don't want to have more, but I really do need it. I am doing better that last year, but still find myself impatient and grumpy way too often. That is one attribute that is really hard for me to develop. I am not sure why I am so impatient with things and people. I find myself knowing what I mean to say, but having others misunderstand it. Then everyone gets a little bit snappy.
That is not what I want at all. I find myself constantly having to explain what I mean so that people don't take it badly. I am going to try and experiment. I read somewhere, (I really wish I could remember where!) in the past couple of days about trying to turn your words around and making what you say come out as gratitude to the person listening.
For instance, when someone complains, tell them thank you for bringing that to my attention, I am so sorry that you feel that way. It is supposed to defuse situations and reduce misunderstandings. Hopefully, if I can be successful at it, I will also be developing more patience to go along with the gratitude.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
I found this scripture and it actually made me smile. Who doesn't need help with temptations? I know, right? We all do, so if we keep the word of the Lord's patience, than He will keep us from temptation. That is a promise that I really need in my own life. I know that I certainly don't need more temptations!
Every gift that He gives me helps me to learn and grow and to develop
even more patience with myself.
Patience with my own faults and failings.
Patience in His word.
Patience in His timing.
Patience in suffering.
Patience in His Grace.