The day after our referral, I read this piece on patience. I am including it in our blog so I can always find it when I need it. It is written by Barbara Bush. It spoke to me on so many levels.
Contented Heart, Patient Heart
It is common to hear women bemoaning their lack of patience as if it were the most difficult gift to pry from God's hand. in fact impatience stems almost solely from our exaggerated notions of what is due us. If we could lower our estimation of the importance of our time, our plans and our feelings, we could find ourselves almost automatically more patient.
If we are impatient about things that anger God-repeated sin, inattention to His word, social injustice- we cannot really be called impatient (as long as our opinions are expressed in love.) Neither can we expect a woman to remain totally unperturbed if someone smashes into her new car. Certainly "learning patience" is not an acceptable reason for failure to discipline a rebellious child. Patience is not he same thing as resignation or the cynical attitude that always expects the worst possible outcome.
Patience is a more positive trait. it is the ability to bear affliction, delay and interruption with calmness, perseverance and confidence in the goodness of God (Colossians 1:11-12). It is inward peace as well as outward control. It is the submission of our schedules, our viewpoints, our dreams, to the greater plan of God, with he conviction that he has a good reason for every delay he allows to come our way.
I am looking forward to a quiet week. I am looking forward to cleaning closets, organizing, and watching a few movies. My A&P class has the week off. The fundraiser that I was helping with was last Saturday earned over $300,000. My schedule just lightened up!
*** B has been in a crib. Should we keep her in a crib?