Patience Fills Time

From James 1:2-4:  “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face various trials, consider it all joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance complete its work, so that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing.”

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Single stone slows march of time

Needing release from ocean’s waves

Reaching beneath, faith clearly climbs

Mercy of Christ always saves


Patience fills time, every hour

Following brightest light of Christ

Ringing from Heaven’s bell tower

Grace flows from blood sacrificed


Nature’s lasting, treasured gifts

Offering wellspring of Christ’s peace

Awakening from sinful drift

Hope renews from Spirit’s lease


Empty heart fills with Christ’s love

Overflowing confidence shines

Bestowing His Word from above

Trust in following each sign


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From Galatians 5:22-24:  “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against such things.  And those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

Leo Tolstoy Quotes

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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

Leo (Count Lev Nikolayevich) Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a Russian writer.  Many consider him to be one the world’s greatest authors of all-time.

Barbara Johnson Quote

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Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.

From Galatians 5:22-23, 25:  “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against such things.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.”

Barbara Johnson (1927-2007) was an American author.  Much of her writing reflected a strong Christian faith.

Andy Andrews Quote

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When faced with a decision, many people say they are waiting for God.  But I understand, in most cases, God is waiting for me.

From Isaiah 30:18:  “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show mercy to you.  For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”

Andy Andrews born 1959) is an American author.  He also speaks frequently to groups such as corporations, organizations, athletic teams, and the U.S. military.

Treasured Moments (Haiku Series #189)


Midnight sky awakes

Milky Way explodes with dreams—

Hang on to each star

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Remaining patient

Sometimes life comes full circle—

Second chance arrives

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Trapped in harsh desert

Mountain of perseverance—

Thirst finally quenched

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Thomas Carlyle Quotes

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Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.

Endurance is patience concentrated.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) was a Scottish historian and philosopher.  His prolific writings earned him the title of “the undoubted head of English letters” in the 19th century.

Lesson in Patience

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Fred and Wilma return home with a purchase from the Bedrock Mall, and their daughter, Pebbles, is so excited to have her Daddy set up her brand new Kiddie Kamp tent.

With both Wilma and Pebbles’ encouragement, Fred is more than willing to take a few minutes to pitch the tent.  As Fred unpacks the materials from the box, he looks at the directions and pitches them aside. 

After all, Fred is set to be the next foreman at Slate Rock and Gravel Company, where he has worked for several years as a bronto crane operator.  He certainly won’t need to follow any directions.

Pebbles watches her Daddy as he begins to pitch her new tent.  She is excited to show it to her next door friend, Bamm-Bamm.

Bamm-Bamm’s Mom, Betty, is on the phone with Wilma.  Wilma tells her, “Pebbles is really looking forward to playing in her new tent.  Fred should have it up quickly.”

Patiently watching from a few feet away, Pebbles smiles as her Daddy finishes up.  Fred tells himself, “Another piece of cake for the next foreman at Slate Rock and Gravel.”  Pebbles claps to show how happy she is.

Meanwhile, Betty has finished her phone conversation with Wilma.  She remarks to her husband, Barney, “Perhaps you should go over and see if Fred needs any help with pitching this tent.”

Fred steadies the tent.  Because of the summer heat, heavy sweat is running down his face.  His patience is wearing thin.  Suddenly, the tent collapses and falls into a disheveled pile of canvas and sticks.

Barney takes a glance out of his backdoor to witness something he has never seen before.  He steps back in and tells Betty, “Too late!  Fred has already pitched the tent.”

Poor Pebbles!  Her brand new tent is piled up by the trash.

Beth Moore Quote

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We want Christ to hurry and calm the storm.  He wants us to find Him in the midst of it first.

From Isaiah 41:10:  “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.”

Beth Moore (born 1957) is an American Christian evangelist, author, and teacher.

Oswald Chambers Quote

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One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God.  Remain spiritually tenacious.

From Psalm 46:10:  “Be still, and know that I am God!  I am exalted among the nations; I am exalted in the earth.”

Never Alone (Haiku Series #165)


Walking through life’s fire

Never to blindly stumble—

God always walks close

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Darkness testing faith

Patiently trusting Father—

Accepting His plan

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Holy Spirit seeks

Guiding tongues in bringing forth—

Pure and blessed speech

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