It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 2, Book 14

Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting.

Joyce Meyer

Advent is the time to soberly and joyfully prepare once again to receive God's gift of Christmas.

Waiting develops perseverance.   Persevering builds our emotional, physical and spiritual muscles so when we crack the goal we’ve been aiming at, we are equipped for the demands of the new season

Waiting is about time.  Waiting is focused on the future, not a backward look or even a glance into the past. A looking forward to a new, different time, a new experience.  Something is coming – good or bad, it is coming.

It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you. 

Phillips Brooks

Three things you can do right now, today:

Slow down. Rushing means you miss what’s right here.

Pay attention. Look at what’s around you right now. Look at yourself, and how great you are. If it doesn’t seem great, look closer.

Applaud.  I applaud when I like something.  It may be a performance or it maybe someone’s speech.  I applaud each day because there is so much to be thankful for.

In a world of instant everything, try adding a little anticipation to your life. Plan experiences early and use the wait as an opportunity to learn, grow, and create: you will be happier for it

An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather. 

Washington Irving


betty said...

I like Joyce Meyer's quote. This is really so true about patience and waiting. It is how we behave. We can sometimes have a temper tantrum about it, but it sure isn't going to make the waiting any less easier!



Patience builds character. I love the quote you made, "Persevering builds our emotional, physical and spiritual muscles."

jack69 said...

Good stuff again today on waiting and patience, there is a notable difference and one that is hard for us humans, who want everything 'fast' as you so well have said in the past.
Patience, that is the key.
Lovely day here the sun is out.

Buttercup said...

So true. This was part of our discussion in my class on prayer tonight. We live in an "instant" era and many things take time and effort to give us meaning.