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  • Lord, help me to increase my patience

    “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience”— Romans 8:25 (ESV).  “God didn’t give me patience.” I laughed when my youngest son shared my 5-year-old granddaughter’s reply to her brother’s admonition to “just be patient.” Cash, age 14, and his younger sister, Ruby, were washing their dad’s […]

  • Do We Ever Learn to be Patient?

    “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”—Romans 12:12 (ESV). Straight-line winds, reported up to 100 miles per hour, hail and several tornadoes toppled trees and power poles, ripped off roofs and sparked structure fires across Oklahoma on June 18. Over 350,000 power outages were reported across 20 counties. Oklahoma electric companies […]

  • If you want a mature faith, here is the key

    “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”—Colossians 3:12 (NIV). In a recent conversation with an acquaintance, we were discussing our grandchildren. We both questioned why we were more patient with them than we were with their parents. Yes, we are older, and hopefully have […]

  • How you can be patient during the tribulation

    “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”—Romans 12:12 (ESV). Opening the blinds in my office this morning, I was stunned to see the empty jelly cups in my Oriole feeder. I’d just filled them late the day before. If I didn’t refill them soon, they’d be invading my hummingbird feeders. I’m […]