There's more to come:
We continue to shout our praise
even when we're hemmed in with troubles,
because we know how troubles can develop
in us, and how that patience in turn
forges the tempered steel of virtue,
keeping us alert for whatever God will do next.
In alert expectancy such as this,
we're never left feeling shortchanged.
Quite the contrary—
we can't round up enough containers
to hold everything God generously pours
into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
Romans 5:3-5 msg
O how I wish I could say
those Words above are mine.
Patience is not my first choice,
especially in the midst of chaos,
when my tension is rising,
things need to get done,
and kids need to be kept on track.
I feel the pull down
into the whirl of it all
and far too often I lash out.
becomes all I see.
You are right there
waiting for me to come to You,
to wait on You.
If I choose patience
You will build endurance
and that endurance grows into character.
Please help me to choose to
hold my tongue and wait.
Help me to choose patience.
But that's not all! We gladly suffer, because
we know that suffering helps us to endure.
And endurance builds character,
which gives us a hope that will never disappoint us.
All of this happens because
God has given us the Holy Spirit,
who fills our hearts with his love.
Romans 5:3-5 cev
I asked the LORD for help,
and he saved me
from all my fears.
Keep your eyes on the LORD!
You will shine like the sun
and never blush with shame.
I was a nobody, but I prayed,
and the LORD saved me
from all my troubles.
If you honor the LORD,
his angel will protect you.
Psalm 34:4-7 cev