Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
– Romans 12:12 –
Smooth like still water, yet easily wrinkled is the pure, vulnerable fabric of today’s clothing. It swiftly slips off the hanger and is hard to keep smooth and in line. Slowly and carefully take out the hanger with PATIENCE, the fifth of seven new outfits for your wardrobe.
PATIENCE is like the finest silk that is stunning when taken care of, yet a wrinkled mess when it is let go. It brings your heart rate down because of it’s subtleness, and you always look classy and sophisticated when you’re wearing it well.
- originally meant the “quality of being willing to bear adversities, calm endurance of misfortune, suffering, etc.”
- is rooted in the Latin word “patientia” meaning “endurance, submission”.
- is similar to tolerance, restraint, calmness, composure, imperturbability, and understanding.
- is NOT being agitated, frustrated, insensitive, arrogant, intolerant.
- washes away worry.
- allows you to see divine timing.
- in a moment of anger saves a thousand regrets.
- brain research has been done proving that self-control (similar to patience) is a commodity that can deplete to finite amounts if used continuously.
Give YOURSELF Patience today by:
- acknowledging the breath of life in you. Put your hand on your heart and breathe in, feel you are alive and everything is OK.
- remembering you always have a choice in your reaction to frustrating situations, so choosing calmness is always an option. (this is hard!)
- Slooooowwwwwing. Doooooowwwwwn.
Give OTHERS (I’m talkin kids & family members, too!) Patience today, by:
- admitting to yourself that they are not perfect and neither are you, so be accepting if they don’t do things as you expect.
- observing and listening before taking action. There is nothing wrong with silence and pause in a conversation if you are stopping to calm and deep breathe.
- human touch–such as an arm around them, hand on their back, a hug… slowing down for simple human touch transmits positive energy and re-routes the impatience feelings to cause a more relaxed atmosphere. (Sometimes, I just bear-hug my kids amid the worst temper tantrums and somehow it calms us all down.)
Maybe you can share the GIVING CARD with someone?
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clothes yourselves with
and overall put on LOVE.
[adapted from Colossians 3:12-14]
REFERENCES: I referred to a few websites and books in writing of this post: the holy bible, YouVersion bible app, google definitions, http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=patience, http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112641306/patience-and-self-control-illustrated-in-brain-imaging/#EArqZChPogGaFdoS.99, https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTCS_78.htm