When the baby is crying, the toddler is having a tantrum and your 6 year old can’t find his glove for his T-ball game you needed to be at 10 minutes ago, patience can be elusive.
Here are eight verses to memorize or write on notecards and post above your sink, in your car or in the bathroom – for those times when you lock yourself inside to regroup. Not that I’ve ever done that. Of course.
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. (NIV)
But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (NKJV)
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. (NIV)
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (NIV)
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. (NLT)
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. (NIV)
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (NIV)
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (NIV)
May these verses inspire us to walk in ever increasing patience. If you need more inspiration, I loved this post by Ann Voskamp yesterday – “Why Is It So Hard To Be Patient?“