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Psalm 37: 7-9 " Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret, it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land." NIV

Patience, one of the meanings from the dictionary says it is "bearing pains or trials calmly and without complaining". We strive for this patience and so very often run short of it. I like what the Psalms say "do not fret".
When God allows trials to come our way we need to ask Him for His purpose and the patience to help us endure and grow through them. These trials teach us to be a witness for Him and allows our character to grow.
A friend and I remind ourselves to beware when we pray for patience to be ready for what might come our way to teach us that patience.
There are examples in the Bible of those who showed patience. Job and Abraham come to mind, they waited on the Lord and were rewarded with their patience.
How can we do any less? Let's encourage one another to be patient. Even though the journey may have many trials we know that in His time God works to perfect His plan for us.


  1. Let me try that comment again.This is a gorgeous image and one that reminds me of heaven.Patience is a virtue I struggle with,but God is at work in my life.

  2. A great reminder of a daily virtue that we all need to practice...thank you for your beautiful words of wisdom and the beautiful picture...we all need to encourage one another, thank you

  3. Thank you Betty. I know my mom always said I needed to learn patience when I was younger and that need never really did go away. We live in such a world where our wants are quickly satisfied and yet somethings we just can't hurry.
    "Be still before the Lord and wait. . .. do not fret. . ."
    Thank you. .I'll take that with me.

  4. Good words Betty. Tried and true truth for sure.

  5. Needed to hear this message this morning. Thanks so much for sharing your devotionals on Sunday.

  6. Betty ... patience is one of those traits, that when I think I may have become more patient, I get tested in it again. It is so much easier to see impatience in others than it is in ourselves ... and it also is such a gift to me when someone is patient with me.

  7. wow,it reminds me how God is so marvelous for His great creation. thank you for sharing this. i love your words and photos:)very encouraging...

  8. This is good. I have been "fretting" over a wrong that was done to us that put us in a very bad position. Very recently, yesterday I think,-out of the blue- I was just washed in the feeling that I must forgive these people in order for us to be able to move on.
    Thanks be to God.
    Thank you also.

  9. 'Allow our character to grow'......I like that. Thank you for the encouragement Betty.

  10. I really needed to hear this devotion today. Thank you. We are in the middle of a "fret" now trying to decide on buying a piece of property to add to the farm. We let the idea go two years ago. Obvious closed door. Now, out of the blue the owner came to us to buy it. It's going to take God to help with this because we are not sure how to fund it. Please pray for us. This is a big step and we don't want to miss Gods direction. Thank you so much.


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