Practicing Patience

 

Spring is so near that I can feel it beneath my feet. The recent rains have softened the earth, and the mild temperatures are thawing the ground. Bulbs that my daughter planted in the fall are already beginning to emerge. A sudden freeze would damage these tender little plants, so I’m hoping the snowless winter continues. Yet I need to remind myself that it is only February.

So much of our lives are spent waiting, and learning to be patient in the interim. Sometimes we jot a date on the calendar that we can anticipate. Then we count the days, crossing each one off as it passes. But other times the date is unknown and every day drags by without an end in sight. Those are the most difficult days.

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Lessons from Lent

As we approach the season of Lent, I was thinking today about the 40 days ahead. During this time each year, we remember Jesus’ ministry on earth — his teaching, his healing, his selfless sacrifice, and ultimately his death on the cross.

Just imagine knowing that you would one day die for the sins of others. In your heart, you’ve known your purpose and mission since you were a child. Your life — and death — would be the fulfillment of prophecy, a promise you were sent to keep. You have no idea yet what day your death will occur, but assuredly it will. But in the meantime, you patiently live your life, fully embracing each new day and deeply loving mankind, while knowing the end is approaching.

I don’t know how Jesus had the patience to endure such a life and painful death, but I’m sure glad he did! Where would we be today without his steadfast love and guidance to teach us patience and perseverance?

What a joy it is, knowing that at the end of those 40 days of anticipation, Jesus defeats death, and walks out of the tomb!

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”‭‭ – Romans‬ ‭15:4-6‬

A Short Timeout

Spring is truly here! Our beautiful Redbud tree burst into bloom this week. What a glorious sight!

The weather was warm and sunny yesterday, so my husband spent most of the day planting vegetables in our garden while I weeded the flower beds — again. It was also time to put out our hummingbird feeder, since this is the beginning of the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird migration. (You can follow the hummingbird migration by clicking here.) I also scrubbed out and hung our thistle feeder. We spotted a few American Goldfinches around the neighborhood in recent days. There haven’t been many in our area for the past few years, so we are thrilled to see their return!

Holy Rest

As we enter Holy Week, I am going to take the next two Sundays off from writing to focus on my faith and my family. Life has become just a bit overwhelming at the moment.

 

But here’s the Good News . . .

There is so much hope during this season of Lent! Although I have entered an uncertain time of change and job-seeking, I am positive that God is leading the search. He guides each step and every turn in my path.

There is often a temptation to allow our present circumstances to take control of our daily lives. I find great comfort knowing that don’t have to figure this out on my own, because the Lord is in control. Amen?

Wishing you grace and peace this Easter.

Blessings,

Dawn 🙏🏼