Welcome and Blessings!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I have named this blog "Running to the Cross" because that is what I often find myself doing...running to be with my Lord Jesus! I often cover many aspects of life on my blog, as it is my journal. I used to write things down in all sorts of notebooks, but my writings would soon be lost. So I decided that it was time to start a blog and share my thoughts and ideas with others. Many topics you will find here are prayers, homemaking and organization, children and pregnancy, funny stories, and the challenges of parenting and motherhood. If you enjoy my blog and leave me a comment, you are likely to have me visit! I love meeting others and gleaning from the lives of others. May you be blessed! Your friend in Christ, Heather

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Patience...

As I struggle in the flesh each day, I struggle with being patient. Patient with my children, patient with my husband, patient with God when I am expecting Him to miraculously answer my prayers. Why do I struggle with patience? Am I really so selfish that I struggle in this area? Yes, I am selfish. There, I said it. I am selfish. I need to be more selfless. I need to think of others' needs above mine. I need to stop saying that I need a break. I mean really...that is selfish. Thinking only of what I need. What about my children? Yes, they are selfish, but they are children!

1 Corinthians 13:11 says, "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things."

My children need me to be selfless! How will they ever learn how to be selfless unless it is demonstrated in the home? With selflessness, however, we must also have the correct attitude. If we are grumbling when we are doing something we consider selfless for our children, are we really being selfless? Absolutely NOT!!! Here comes selfishness marching right back in to our home!

That takes us right back to where we started. Patience is not only a virtue, but it is a heart felt attitude and it walks right along side of selflessness (as does impatience does with selfishness). We find a perfect example of patience in James 1:2-27 (among other things),

2 "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 ¶ Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19 ¶ Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

Yes, I struggle with patience. Yes, I struggle with selfishness. Yes, I need God in my life. It is my prayer that God will continually change my heart, my attitude, and my life that it may exemplify Christ. My struggles are great, but with God, all things are possible.

Mark 10:27
"And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."

May you be blessed this day!
Heather

3 comments:

Tiffany said...

Thanks for this post!! I also need to work on my patience, sometimes we get so wrapped up in life and in our selves that we forget these things. I love reading your blog, I come here often. YOu can also check my out if you would like and feel free to comment . Have a blessed and patient day! :)

Audrey said...

I tend to loose my patience the most when I am doing 15 things at once, or I have more than 3 people talking to me at once. My impatience comes bareling out of my mouth.

So my verse for this season of my life is Proverbs 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her toungue is the law of kindness.

Thanks for the inspiring post!

Happymama said...

What an awesome post. I'm so glad you shared that. I too, have a bit of impatience and selfishness in me and this was such a reminder to try harder not only for my relationship with Christ, but to be an example to my children.

~Kristi