Patience // Fruits of the Spirit //
I am beyond honored to share this post with you. It was written by one of my dear friends, Luna. She passionately chases after the Heart of God, and the fruitfulness that comes out of that is beautiful. Luna, keep going after God's heart no matter the cost! You're amazing!
Patience was never something I prayed for, in fact, I generally strayed away from praying for patience. So I nearly laughed when I was asked to write about it, because in this season of my life, I have been stretched in every area in my life - including patience.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“ Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
Being single then married then a mom has taught me a lot about being patient, and I by no means have conquered it. Sitting in traffic, standing in a long line, or waiting to get your meal when you are hungry are tiny ways that learning to be patient creeps in or lives. My personal journey with patience was tested when I became pregnant with my daughter Ryan-Kate. I knew (like everyone else) that I was going to have to wait 9 months before I could meet her. Let me just say that it was a privilege to carry her in my belly, but for the most part it was exhausting! For 17 weeks I was sick. Like really sick and tired. Then when my 2nd trimester came it started to get better. It was beautiful and my belly was adorable. But that was short lived because that 3rd trimester was peering over my shoulder waiting to give me uncomfortable night sleeps, tired back, and swollen feet.
“ Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.”
In Psalms it says, “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” Surrendering and waiting on God quietly and patiently is no easy task- it requires strength of will. Sometimes we think patience just happens but it is a very active thing.
I have to actively choose patience, and by displaying patience I am showing where I am putting my hope in: God.
“And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”
Ryan-Kate had to stay in my belly for her to be given the healthiest possible chance. If she had come out prematurely, I she would have risked her health. No one will appreciate my daughter more than my husband and I, because they will never understand what it took to carry her- the waiting, the praying, the enduring.
When you are in a season of patiently waiting and you finally see the promise of what you have been waiting for, no one but you will fully appreciate what it took to get there!
To keep up with Luna and her personal life, go check out her blog, Luna's Loves. I love you Luna! Thank you so much for continuing to pursue God no matter the situation. You have impacted me in ways that cannot be put into words. You're one special lady, and it is a privilege to know you.