How To Learn Patience With A Good Attitude

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Are you always in a hurry? 

Impatience has become a normal part of our lives. We hope everything in life will meet our expectations. Unrealistically, this is impossible most of the time. The current culture we live in conditions us to have a busy schedule. And hurry no matter what we do. Which then turns our minds into racing and shrieking, overthinking every scenario we deal with. The sum and substance of all this dashing about points towards training yoursef to be patient in shifting and differing situations. So how do you learn patience with a good attitude?

Can you relate to the prayer ‘God help me to be patient, but please hurry’?

Most of us can honestly admit we have struggled with being patient or learning patience. Pushing it to the last thing on our list of skills to acquire, we can sail through life never acquiring this indispensable characteristic that is necessary to thrive in life. And honestly you can get away with it. Unless God uses His master plan to sweep you off your feet and undividedly gain your attention. There is no sidetrack in where God leads us. 

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and so we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also boast in tribulation, knowing that tribulation produces patience,  patience produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:1-4

I think there is a great deal of truth in this Chinese proverb, ‘One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.’ Where we all can relate to occasions where we have unknowingly or deliberately ended up in such a predicament. Due to our own haste and impulsive actions.

Is it possible to develop positive traits to defeat impatience?

When suddenly life stops us in our tracks and we are smack in the middle of something tragic, shocking or pitiful. Do we view this as an interruption or a prompt from God? To interject the chaos and busyness of our life with His direction. Pain can change our perspective. As it compels us to look inward. And upward.

But in all things we commend ourselves as servants of God: in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distress,  in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, and in hunger; by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love,  by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,  by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true;  as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and look, we live; as punished, but not killed;  as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; and as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. 2 Corinthians 6:4-10

Has life abruptly become difficult? Or your plans unanticipatedly shifted overnight? 

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Hang onto God. He knows what He is doing. In His sovereignity He always has another way. I dare you to trust Him.

Will your attitude be optimistic – when it’s painful or through delays? How do you behave while you wait?

When we adopt a positive mindset to always look on the bright side of life. We know eventually this will give rise to positive results. And this phase will pass.

Sometimes it’s keeping the optimisim that though we make plans, God’s purpose prevails. Right now I am understanding that things can change overnight. And am propelled to enjoy so many of the simple tasks I took for granted. God ordains all our days. Yes even the ones where you wonder, ‘how could this have happened to me’.

God longs for our attention, but have we put our trust in horses and chariots and not in Him? Then He has no choice but to use adversity, calamity and catastrophe to gain our attention. Unexpected twists and changes in plans can feel like setbacks at the time. But God is a faithful God. And he can turn any shadows and hopelessness to bring His divine purpose to something greater. Our unpredictability can offer an angle for God’s sovereignity to allow us to blindly obey that where He has placed you right now, is exactly where He wants you to be.

Could I trust God even when…?

Without a doubt, God can be trusted wholly. Despite the acuteness of your circumstances.

  • Even when you cannot hear Him right now. He will always speak at the right time. 
  • Even when life has knocked you repeatedly. He will bring you through.

Worry and fear leave you spinning in circles. But committing your situation and trusting God strengthens your faith. Life is filled with questions that have no answers. However, trusting God without borders brings His peace. He opens doors no one can. And closes doors He knows are not the right entry. If you do not know the way, trust that God does.

Neutralise and control your impatience by believing that God is assisting you to be calmer and accept your situation. And trace His hand in every moment.

Share your thoughts…

Do you find it hard to wait well? How do you learn patience with a good attitude when you are in a valley of despair, discouragment or disillusion?

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  1. 27 July 2020 / 5:03 pm

    This is so cool because for the last week, God has been having me look at different versions of Isaiah 40:31 ::: “but they who wait for 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.”

    He had me take notice of the words “hope” and “trust” used for the word ‘wait’ in different versions of this Bible Verse. Then I love how in the GOD’S WORD Translation, it says ::: “Yet, the strength of those who wait with hope in the LORD will be renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and won’t become weary. They will walk and won’t grow tired.”

    God promises to meet us in the ‘waiting’ to renew our strength. Love it! Thank you so much for this beautiful post. ALL of your writings are so beautiful! ❤

  2. Adriana David
    27 July 2020 / 6:21 pm

    Hi! I relate to your post completely. I’m definitely trying work on being patient with God. Thank you for reminding us that God strengthens us in the difficult times!

  3. Ava
    27 July 2020 / 7:30 pm

    Thanks Donna! Marvellous perspective and so appreciate all your encouragement ❤

  4. Ava
    27 July 2020 / 7:31 pm

    God bless Adriana, thanks for reading!

  5. 27 July 2020 / 10:24 pm

    Learning with a patience with a good attitude is probably something I will work towards until my dying day!

  6. Hannah
    27 July 2020 / 10:28 pm

    This is really a relatable post and I’m glad you’ve addressed this issue very well (more wisdom IJN). Our generation is generally impatient and even when we try too, our attitude speaks volume. I pray that this post reaches as many as possible and that God will touch lives and give us the grace to always adopt a positive mindset.

  7. 28 July 2020 / 4:38 pm

    Although, I know that we should strive to be more patient, I had never really stopped to ask the question, “What is my attitude while I wait?” Thank you for pushing me to reflect on how exactly I wait on on the Lord.

  8. Ava
    28 July 2020 / 7:30 pm

    Thanks for your comment Rachael!

  9. Ava
    28 July 2020 / 7:30 pm

    Thanks Hannah, l agree it is all about our attitude in the waiting!

  10. Ava
    28 July 2020 / 7:36 pm

    So glad you found this encouraging!

  11. Teresa Hodge
    29 July 2020 / 3:27 am

    Loved this post and this quote, “Because you don’t know the way doesn’t mean God doesn’t.” If I will remember that God knows what He’s doing, then I can have patience with a good attitude when life turns upside down! Thank you for sharing this post!

  12. 29 July 2020 / 3:40 am

    There were so many nuggets of wisdom in this post. Thank you for writing it! God sure is a faithful God. I seek his wisdom and a sense of calm daily. Some days are better than others 😉

  13. 29 July 2020 / 4:03 am

    I really liked this post on patience with a good attitude. I really believe in waiting well especially when waiting to hear from the Lord. I think the only way to truly wait well is to keep our focus on Him and renewing our mind daily with the truth from His word.

  14. 29 July 2020 / 6:55 am

    Girl, you really described me at the beginning, with the prayer asking for patience, but, like also, please hurry Lord! Having patience and a good attitude do not come easy to me, so I really appreciate all that you shared today!

  15. 29 July 2020 / 12:40 pm

    Such incredible points here! I wanted to just keep writing down all your great sayings so I could remember them throughout the day! Thanks for putting your thoughts down and sharing!

  16. Ava
    29 July 2020 / 3:59 pm

    Thanks Teresa, glad you liked the post!

  17. Ava
    29 July 2020 / 4:00 pm

    Thanks Adriane, l am learning too!

  18. Ava
    29 July 2020 / 4:00 pm

    Great thoughts, thanks Tona!

  19. Ava
    29 July 2020 / 4:01 pm

    You so welcome, we all on this journey of faith together!

  20. Ava
    29 July 2020 / 4:02 pm

    Glad you were inspired, thanks for reading Kari!

  21. jonisteinauer
    29 July 2020 / 6:20 pm

    Thank you for this lovely post. Patience is definitely something I need to work on. My dad told me that patience was a four letter word, so I have not had the best examples to live by. I am slowly undoing a lot of faulty teaching. Blessings, Joni

  22. Ava
    29 July 2020 / 7:39 pm

    I am so glad you liked this Joni, I pray God’s guidance for you !

  23. 29 July 2020 / 10:42 pm

    Ava, such a great reminder of the importance of patience especially as Christians. I sometimes struggle with patience but feel I am slowly getting better! Thanks for a great post!

  24. 29 July 2020 / 11:06 pm

    I can definitely relate to waiting for God to hurry up! It’s easy to say that we are waiting on God’s leading or answers, but oh so difficult to actually be patient while we wait. I think part of that is due to a lack of complete faith. I’m not sure I always believe that God will answer my prayers in the way I want them to be answered or in my timing so then it’s easy to become anxious and impatient.

  25. 30 July 2020 / 10:58 pm

    Would you believe just how timely this post is for me, Ava? Just this past week I’ve seen both sides of this topic. What it’s like emotionally to wait with a negative attitude and then surrender it all over to God and wait patiently with a positive attitude. What a difference!

  26. 31 July 2020 / 11:15 am

    This is so funny, especially the part about praying for patience and telling God to hurry up about it. But the message is well received, thanks for sharing.

  27. Ava
    1 August 2020 / 8:02 pm

    Glad you found that humour Betty, imagine how much patience God has!

  28. Ava
    1 August 2020 / 8:03 pm

    So glad Summer, l think our attitude is everything!

  29. Ava
    1 August 2020 / 8:04 pm

    So true, thanks for your feedback!

  30. Ava
    1 August 2020 / 8:05 pm

    I know l struggle with patience and it is great when God keeps trying to teach us the lesson!

  31. gentlechristianparent
    2 August 2020 / 12:35 am

    OH my goodness.. is this ever right for the times. I’ve definitely found myself lacking in patience and a good attitude about our current lock downs, face masks, all that. I’ve been praying for this to all go away, but probably not enough prayers for patience.

  32. 3 August 2020 / 2:16 am

    There is so much wisdom and beauty in this post. Love all of these verses and quotes that remind is how patience and good attitude go hand in hand.

  33. 3 August 2020 / 11:57 am

    I wrote on waiting on the Lord last week. Thank you for writing this. I love how the Spirit of God gives confirmation. We all need to have patience and wait for God before moving forward.

  34. Ava
    3 August 2020 / 12:01 pm

    We all need this, especially me. But so glad you found it encouraging!

  35. Ava
    3 August 2020 / 12:02 pm

    They sure do Rachel, thanks for commenting!

  36. Ava
    3 August 2020 / 12:03 pm

    Yes l agree and sometimes that’s hard, thanks for your feedback Elizabeth!

  37. 4 August 2020 / 3:21 am

    How we wait is just as important as moving forward. The condition of our hearts matters.

  38. Ava
    12 August 2020 / 8:53 pm

    Absolutely, thanks for your feedback Mamie?

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