Tag Archives: Impatience

Spiritual Miracle-Gro

SPIRITUAL MIRACLE-GRO

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith,

love, patience, gentleness.

1 Timothy 6:11 NKJV

I repeatedly checked my inbox, hearing the familiar ding. Once again, it was not the email I had anticipated. My heart thumped with the stress and excitement of publishing another book. I was overwhelmed with curiosity concerning the details. What would the cover look like? Would this be the final revision?

Was it not enough that God knew? Could I not trust His plans without having the information ASAP? Was I walking in the flesh rather than the Spirit?

Impatience grew, like the weeds in my flower garden. While tending to my plants, I realized my needs were similar to the beautiful blooms. First, weed out these eager desires. Next, pour on the spiritual Miracle-Gro to jump start my ability to sit tight. It is only through the Holy Spirit that patience will blossom.

My need-to-know was actually my need to control the situation, but God was in control. I must trust His plans and His timing. My time for waiting is God’s time for working. We can rest while waiting, or we can wrestle with waiting. A patient wait is peaceful, but an inpatient one is filled with panic. We must make the choice. Hours of continual worry transpire into days of agony. Would it not be better to linger in Scripture allowing God’s peace to calm our troubled hearts and minds?

Our focal verse commands us to pursue patience. It should be sought after like a thirsty man seeks a glass of cold water.

Perhaps you can identify with my fleshly need for immediate answers. Possibly, your struggles are more serious. You may be longing to hear test results. You may be looking forward to the day when a terrible situation becomes a memory. Whatever we are expecting, let’s determine to wait God’s way: calmly trusting in His timing. Every time, God is right on time.

Holy Spirit, patience is one of Your fruits. Plant within me the ability to wait it out in a manner which brings glory to my heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Galatians 5:17-25. Verse 24 speaks of crucifying the flesh with its passions and desires. That includes impatience, but it requires a daily crucifixion of the flesh.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What is the best way to crucify impatience daily?? Follow the Spirit’s lead into the fragrant garden of patience today.

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Wait For God

WAIT FOR GOD

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.

He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense;

I shall not be greatly moved.

Ps. 62:1-2 (NKJV)

When David penned this Psalm, he was seeking safety from an enemy. He was waiting for God to save him from his adversary. David was not trusting in himself or other men to defend him. His only defense was God. His rock – his strength was God. He trusted God that he would not be greatly moved or shaken.

David repeats these verses almost word for word) Ps. 62:5-7). Did David need to remind himself to wait? We should follow David’s example, reminding ourselves to wait for God.

David was silently waiting – not complaining, not grumbling about God’s timing. Is that how we wait? Could silence be the key to soothe our eager souls? Would the quiet glorify God far better than the sinful murmurs we so often utter as we wait?

Sometimes we pray for years for the salvation of a loved one. We wonder why God tarries. We fear it may never happen. We wait, and we pray.

Our most trying times can be during an illness, whether it is our own affliction or that of a spouse or child. These bodies fail us, and we wait for relief. We wait for the Great Physician.

It becomes frustrating when we wait for God to show us His will on a particular matter. You have a big decision to make, and you are longing for that peace to come from God. Wait silently for Him.

Are you struggling with waiting? “Trust in Him at all times” (Ps. 62:8). All times, especially the times when we are waiting. Trusting, not doubting, with rock solid faith that cannot be moved. Abiding trust will calm our anxious hearts as we wait for God’s perfect timing.

Heavenly Father,

Forgive our impatience. Help us remember that Your timing is better than ours. Give us faith that cannot be moved. Pour out Your peace upon us as we wait. Thank You, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Psalm 62.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What are some ways you can remind yourself to silently wait on God this week? Place all your trust in God, our rock, our refuge, and our strength.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.