I started a blog way back in 2007 called “Princess of Patience.” It was more or less an online diary of sorts and I certainly never thought anyone would read it. Fast forward to 2009 and suddenly I had a book releasing and regular blog readers. Even so, I left the title as a reminder to myself that patience was one of those things I’d probably always need to work on.
These days, I’ve abandoned that blog for an author website…but guess what? I am still learning the art of patience. (and something tells me I will continue to be a student of patience for the rest of my life!)
We had what can only be described as a tumultuous Christmas. Jessica, my stepdaughter, was in a horrific car accident on Christmas Day and since then, things have been a blur. She’s recovering now (Praise the Lord!) but has a long road ahead before she will walk again.
Those long days after the accident while we lived at the hospital and had to sit in waiting rooms during her many surgeries weren’t easy. Once again, the need to be patient and just trust God was present in my life. There are certain moments when all you can do is wait patiently…and pray.
We have certainly done a lot of that over the past month.
Two weeks ago, we brought home a yellow lab puppy—Percy.
I’m in charge of potty training…
Let’s just say that Percy requires a lot of patience as well. Right now he wakes me up in the night every 3 hours or so to go outside…and I have to patiently wait out in the cold for him to do what he has to do. There’ s no hurrying him up…otherwise I may find myself cleaning up a mess later! And the mornings at 4 a.m. when he thinks his outside tasks should also include rolling around and finding sticks to bring me…well those mornings require a little more patience than others.
I know many people have shared their “word of the year” over the past few weeks. Can you guess mine?
That’s right. Patience.
This year I’m working on having more patience in all aspects of my life.
My second word–is it even allowed to have two words?–is prayer.
Patience and Prayer. That is what I’m focusing on in 2016. I didn’t make resolutions this year (first time in a long time!) but instead I’m going to try to live out my year prayerfully AND patiently.