Tuesday, July 25, 2023



How patient are you while standing in a line with a slow cashier?  How about while driving behind a car who is going below the speed limit? 5 miles below?  10 miles below? What about waiting for an email someone said they just sent to you?  Do you do what I do?  Hit the F9 key over and over to see if the email came in yet? I ask because I wonder if I am alone in this thought process.

We live in an instant gratification society. 

Instant coffee versus percolator coffee.

Fast food and microwaves versus cooking a meal that takes an hour or longer.

Email in seconds versus snail mail that used to take weeks.

Bullet trains.

The standing joke as a Christian is to not pray for patience because God will give us trials that teach us patience.

Why am I bringing all of this up today?  Good question.  Not because I found the secret to becoming a more patient person.  Honestly, we do learn patience through the many trials we experience.  Each trial gives us thicker skin and a lesson to take home we can learn from, or if we are stubborn, relearn again.

Trust me, I have relearned many lessons…lol.

These past six months have been a trial in patience and learning to say no.  Often my lessons come in multiples.


I have learned patience as we have had more difficult customers this past year than in previous years.  It has been a grueling year as people’s tempers are at an all-time high with prices, politics, and other personal issues.  I am practicing patience as I pray before answering the phone.  Praying for discernment and the right words to reach the person on the other side of the phone.  Sometimes I am able to reach them with empathy or a little humor.  However, if I can’t win them over, I pray after the call that God will reach them for me using someone else.  I take each day as a new challenge with God by my side when I open the doors and start our day.

Learning to say no…

This is a very hard lesson for me.  I want to help everyone.  My husband and I are often ‘doers’ and not much ‘sitters’ lol.  Saying no is not part of my vocabulary.  However, we all know – you cannot say yes to everything because something will suffer.  Too many spinning plates in the air will absolutely ensure some will fall to the ground.

So, I have had to say no.  God is working on me.  It’s my personal struggle.  I understand it and I am willing to listen to His still small voice.  I know what it is like when I ignore the signs.  I have before.  It’s not pretty.   Again, I wait patiently as God tells me to step back on a few things as He works on me and the things around me. 

Well, I wait… kind of patiently…lol

Still a work in progress!

Praying in the waiting!

Love you guys!


The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Exodus 14:14 NIV


Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

Proverbs 14:29


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

1 Corinthians 13:4


Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Proverbs 16:32

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