Wednesday, July 16, 2008

SALT Challenge - Patience

This week it was Esther's turn to set the challenge on the SALT blog and she picked one of my favorite topics...patience. You can read her write up here.

Now you may be wondering why patience would be a favorite topic. Well...only because I have none and have to constantly pray about having more patience and confess my sin of impatience! Why when I was creating this very simple ATC card I was about to crumble up the word "patience" in a fit of annoyance and toss the whole thing in the trash! Ever try to fit a little piece of paper into one of those metal label brackets? It was trying my patience last night! LOL! Darn thing still isn't on there completely straight!

Like all of our struggles, the Bible speaks volumes on the topic of patience. To be patient in times of trials or illness, to be patient with one another, to be patient in waiting for something...And isn't patience one of the more difficult things to acquire, especially in today's day of instant gratification. We want what we want, when we want it. Is always having what we want when we want it the best thing for us? Maybe God uses the trying of our patience to teach us things or to drive out sin that is in our hearts. One of my favorite verses on patience is:

Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. By whom we also have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only, but we glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience and patience experience and experience hope. And hope maketh not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us. (Romans 5:1-5)

I know God constantly uses my children to point out my own sinful ways. To my shame, being impatient would be at the top of my list. But I am thankful that He has also used them to help me learn to be more patience, not only towards them but towards others in general. Ultimately, God has used the struggles of motherhood to produce good fruit that has been for my benefit and His glory, so it's all worth it! That is the power of the Holy Spirit in action..."all things work together for good for them that love God..." (Romans 8:28) Now about my very impatient four year old....

Feeling inspired to create something based on this week's topic? Jump on over to the SALT blog and leave us a comment with a link back to your blog or gallery.

Enjoy and thanks for being "patient" with my very long blog post! :-)


esther said...

I love the colours, textures, and obvious patience that had to be used for this piece, the colours are very calming.

chelemom said...

Well your patience paid off! The card turned out beautiful!

Hazel said...

Great ATC, Kim - and I know what you mean about getting the little piece with 'patience' in the right place - looks perfectly straight.

Emilia said...

A card with a touch of elegancy --- this is always your style! I enjoy reading your article too.
I do beleive you have a lot of patience, just image that the DT work :)