Years ago the Lord brought me to this verse. It was one of those verses that “Jumped Off” the page at me so I decided to look up Patient Endurance in the dictionary to see what exactly that looked like. I printed it out and had it posted for years. It has become one of my Life Verses and again God has brought it back in this season and asked me to share it.
The definitions of Patient Endurance, I love what it reveals:
1. Capable of Bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, annoyance, provocation, misfortune, delay, hardship, etc., with fortitude and calmness and without complaint, anger, or the like
2. Tolerant; understanding.
3. Persevering; constant.
4. Capable of calmly awaiting an outcome or result; not hasty or impulsive.
1. The act, quality, or power of withstanding hardship, pain or stress.
2. The state or fact of persevering.
3. the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina: lasting quality; Continuing existence; duration
This time of year I get summer fever and become tired and seem to be stuck on that hamster wheel of life. When I am going through the motions packing lunches, picking up dirty socks, being the carpool queen shuffling kids here and there and see the dust bunnies multiplying and the gym guilt screaming in my ears, but all I really want to do is throw my hands up order some pizza and watch mindless TV.
Remember the old Calgon commercial and how it tried to convince us a bubble bath was all it takes to restore us to sanity…I just have to say, a bubble bath never has done that for me! I always seem to get interrupted by my peeps and if I happen to take one while everyone is gone I always have a crazy fear of if I fall and hit my head and then what? I don’t want the fire department to break in and find me butt naked.
Yes, I sometimes go there, playing those crazy scenarios in my mind. I have to say the crazy traffic in my head has slowed a lot over the years. The pity party’s too have stopped, I don’t feel like giving in most days to the pizza and TV, I instead choose to get through with God’s Word.
When I concentrate on what He says and let those words sink deep into my heart and soul, then I feel like I can easily rock that Hamster wheel of life. Kind of like those furry Hamster things in the KIA commercials heads bopping to a funky beat. Like OK, I think I got this!
When people tell us to stop complaining and nagging and lovingly remind us how fortunate we are to have a great family with a grateful husband and kiddos. That you have the luxury of staying home so go back to bed if you have to. Take a nap if you need to, real friends don’t mind the dust bunnies, dirty socks will always be found and you are grateful for the feet that left them there. It won’t be long before those kiddos will have their own driver’s license and can run your errands. The gym is always there and sometimes God is wanting you to work out different muscles today so don’t beat yourself up over it.
I am so Thankful God’s word reminds me, you are capable of bearing, enduring, with fortitude and calmness WITHOUT complaint, anger or the like. You have the ability and strength to continue and last, despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions. Then you will receive all He has promised! And His word is chalked full of promises my friends! Crack it open and let the words JUMP OFF and JUMP ALL OVER YOU. His word is the Only thing that fully Restores & Transforms us. ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
*orginally wrote this in 2014 before we set up our blog. Dusting off some oldies! Thanks to my friend Kim for sending me this image. I get a giggle every time I see it!