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Patience…with joy

8 Jan

{Week 6}

Scripture Memory:

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. (Colossians 1:11-12 ESV)

If last week was a prayer for my children, this week it’s a prayer for me.

Confession time: I have no patience whatsoever. N-O-N-E. If you want to see the ugly in me come out, make me wait. That’s been the running theme of my life so far.

Recently, I locked myself out of the office. I called Security and it took a long time for someone to come up. But something was different this time. Maybe it’s because I have already memorized these verses and they were somewhere deep in me already. That’s the only explanation I can think of because I did not get mad at:

  1. myself for forgetting the key,
  2. again at myself for not bringing my phone with me, and
  3. at the unknown security guard who seemed to be taking his sweet time.

I thought maybe God allowed this to happen since it’s the only time He can get me away from uhm, Instagram.  He finally had my undivided attention, no phone, no computer, no distraction. I decided to pace the hallway in prayer for a friend’s Mom who is very sick and not a believer. The waiting time became a time of prayer and thanksgiving. I was disappointed when I heard the elevator ding.

So really, God can give me the strength – through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to do what I can’t. Notice He made the provision of His glorious might first before He even mentioned patience. And not just the run of the mill patience, but patience with joy. (What an odd pairing, isn’t it? Usually patience – or more specifically, impatience – is coupled with a lot of grumbling and attitude.) He knew I would need divine help for this.

God wants us to be joyful while we wait. And why shouldn’t we? The answer lies in verse 12. No matter what happens we have a share of the inheritance from God!  Now, that is worth the wait.


Beginning again, again

1 Jan

{Week 1}

In 2011, God laid it in my heart to memorize Colossians.  Not just a few verses but the entire 4 chapters. I failed miserably.

In 2012, I resolved to do the same. The “same” meaning to memorize, not to fail, but fail I did.

This year,  I’m reaaaaaaalllly going to do it. Memorize, not fail (there, I made that clear).  I mean, I’m setting up a brand new blog  just to hold myself accountable.

The next few posts will be repost from 2012:

Scripture Memory:

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

(Colossians 1:1-2 ESV)

Paul became an apostle by the will of God. He was a Pharisee (Philippians 3:5-7) and in his own words, a “persecutor of the church.” But God (I love this phrase – anytime you see that it means something good is about to happen) had something in mind for him (see what I mean?). Something that is beyond his imaginings. Paul preached the gospel to the Gentiles and his writings live on today.

God can give someone a Damascus experience where the blindness and scales will fall afterwards. No one is beyond the reach of God’s mighty hand. Amen and Amen.

What hope that gives me!