Devotional for Sunday, September 25, 2016
“Waiting With a Happy Heart”

patience and why we need it


by Dona Hake




 We have all encountered those days in which our patience has run thin.    In the book of James he wrote and exhorted us in the importance of allowing patience to have it’s perfect work.  I used to wonder how James could write and tell us to “Count it all joy when you fall into various tests and trials…” It can be hard to be joyful and to be patient when the heat of life is turned up.   The truth is though that we find out what we are made up in the midst of pressures that this life brings.



James 1:2-4  The Voice

“Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing. “


Those things that actually test our patience are the things that have the capability to help us blossom in our faith and the fruit of patience within us.   This scripture in James  reminds us to thank God that our faith can blossom even under the pressures that may seem unpleasant.   He will be faithful to teach us His true patience in those trying times that we can cross the finish line of victory!  So today I encourage you to be patient in all things.   May I leave you with the little definition of patience that I share with my little Granddaughters.   Patience is waiting with a happy heart!