The Art of A Grateful Heart

The Art of a Grateful Heart – Our Daily Bread Devotional for Monday, March 19th, 2018.

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Longsuffering

Longsuffering.

I learned what that word meant some years ago as I did a painting on the verse Galatians 5:22-23.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 NKJV
Today I thought about my relationship with one I consider my past “significant other,” but truthfully my past(?) love. I was thinking I went through longsuffering with him.

Longsuffering basically means being patient. However it is an extensive kind of patience. Imagine a husband or wife with a spouse, a child or a relative with cancer or some other type of deadly or serious illness. That wife, husband, parent or whoever would have no choice but to suffer long as their loved one goes through life with this temporary or possibly permanent illness. At some point, as true Christians we will go through some type of longsuffering.

Now don’t get me wrong. Longsuffering is not a bad thing. Why? Because God’s word says,

“…we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Romans 5:3‭-‬4 NKJV

In patience, there is an element to persevere. You gotta stick with it, stick through it. Not many of us have a choice as to whether we will stick it through or skip over it. What is a shame is that if you skip that situation, you just may face it again until you learn what you should have learned the first time that situation occurred. So, please don’t skip over the hard stuff in this life that we face. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather go through a hard time once and learn my lesson, than go through it three, four or five times.

I started this post thinking about what I’m going through. I’m happy I didn’t vent about my situation. My venting shall go elsewhere. This blog isn’t just about me and my life, but it is to share the word of God, the gospel, and everything else in the same line or topic. I want to share how I feel, but what’s the point.

Still love God,

In the end,

He knows

What is best.

TC

Waiting Is More Than Just Patience…

…it’s about faith.

Waiting on the Lord gives us time to prepare for what is to come and it also shows or proves how much faith we really have. If we are waiting for something like breakthrough, salvation for someone we care about, healing or anything else according to God’s will and His word, we must not give up. If we give up waiting and move on to something else this shows that we need more faith. More faith to wait and to believe that soon what we are waiting for will be manifested. We cannot rush God, He works in His own time, He is all-knowing, He sees everything, His word says that He loves us*. His word says all things work together for good to them that love God to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). There comes a time in the waiting season where it’s not only about patience but about faith. To keep on believing, trusting and yes, to keep on waiting.

*John 3:16, Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 8:38-39, Psalm 107:8, John 15:13.

Waiting isn’t always a matter of patience, it is more a matter of faith.

Simeon waited to see Christ(Luke 2:22-38). Abraham waited for God to manifest His promises in his(Abrahams life) even though through it Sarah or Abraham himself may have doubted for a short time. I guarantee there are many others in the Bible who waited on God.

Let us hold tightly to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Hebrews 10:23

Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
      And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
      For the LORD is a God of justice;
      Blessed are all those who wait for Him.

—————————————-Isaiah 30:18 (New King James Version)

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
   therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
   Blessed are all who wait for him!

—————————————-Isaiah 30:18 (New International Version)

Earlier caught myself thinking I’ll wait on someone, but ultimately I want to wait on the Lord. I’m not taking about waiting for someone to come out of the mall or waiting for the fast food delivery, but about waiting for the Lord with trust in life’s circumstances, in the hills and the low streams, the rocky mountains and the flowery fields, in it all I shall wait on the Lord, with expectancy.

Sometimes waiting is more about faith, than it is about patience.

Who are you waiting for? What are you waiting for? and Are you waiting with patience and faith?

♥God

-TC

He Does Answer!

When talking to God I really need to be more patient. I think we (those of us who talk to God daily) all need to be a little more patient if we aren’t already. Tonight God just answered my thoughts … Continue reading

A Word for Today

“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other…warn those who are idle, encourage those who are timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”

-1 Thessalonians  5:12-15 (NIV)