For years I have been described as patient and understanding. I wore this title proudly and repeated to others how patience was one of my attributes. I grew up dreaming of being a teacher and practiced my skills on the stuffed animals lined up before me. Sometimes I even had a captive audience in my brothers. I spent many hours developing controlled patience because if I was to be a teacher, a favorite one at that, I needed to speak calmly and kindly.
Just recently, I realized how patience is not as deeply wired into my being as I let on. The world says ask for it and go after it. There is a feeling of waiting for nothing to achieve that next goal. But then I pause and look at where I was and where I am going. The process is just that – a process. One that requires patience.
I still claim patience as part of my personality, but find in certain situations it is lacking. Dreaming takes patience and a willingness to sit in the middle between beginnings and endings. I shared before I just recently began to allow myself to dream. It always sounded like something for children. When you reach a certain age, your time for dreaming is over, right???
Today I can say I am allowing myself to dream. It’s exciting, nerve-wracking and amazing all at the same time. But currently I find myself in this place in the middle. Somewhere between what will be and what was. Follow me to www.godsizeddreams.com to read the rest of my post.
Find out what I’m learning and what it takes when you are caught in the middle. You can also share your own encouraging post at the linkup.
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i always say that i must have been in the back of the line when patience was handed out because it continues to be a challenge for me. and then i remember that it’s a lovely fruit of the Spirit already given to me as He indwells my soul.
more, more of Him. far, far less of me.
thanks for taking us down this path this morning, friend …
blessings as we continue through this week.
It’s ironic that I used to think I had so much patience and now I’m not so sure. I pray we allow ourselves grace as we seek patience in all life’s challenges. God will give us what we need. Blessings to you too!
I’m so glad you’re learning to dream, Mary! A house can be so exciting, and so scary at the same time ! Lot’s of lessons to learn on this adventure! Love that you’re holding Him close and sharing your experience with all of us! So excited for you, friend!
Learning to dream is a gift. Setting my dreams free to God is helping me to fly. There are so many lessons. I just realized why I am so tired all the time- there is so much coming at me at once and God is in the process but it is wearing me out. Thank you for being along for the ride.