Fruit of the Spirit – PATIENCE

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” 
Galatians 5:22-23 NIV

Our nation is very good at stream-lining things for convenience sake. We can drive through and get our coffee, any meal during the day, and any of our medical prescriptions. We pull up to a parking spot and we can have our groceries that we ordered online conveniently packed into our car. We no longer have to hold the handle of a vacuum or a mop to get our floors clean, miraculous little machines will do it for us. Yes, we are a nation that is very good at making things convenient. We are not a nation that is good at waiting. When the drive-through line moves at a snail’s pace we start to yell at the people serving the food (with the windows up of course) wondering what the holdup could be. When on the phone if we get put on hold we press the speaker button, put the phone down, and begin multi-tasking because we cannot stand to sit still and wait for five minutes. We (myself included!) are not a patient people.

In the Bible, the original Greek word is often translated as longsuffering. “LONG” being the key root word. Not only is patience essential to our walk with God, when we display patience with a world that is rude and in a rush, we stand out like a star in the night sky. Throughout the course of our lives, God will teach us many lessons that require patience. But in the meantime, remember to use it as a virtue in your every-day life. It is a kindness that people remember. It is a virtue that points to the love of God.   

God bless!

Noree Wegmeyer



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Savoring Your Season: Even In Waiting

Life is full of seasons other than spring, summer, fall and winter. Childhood, adolescence, and adulthood; single, dating, engaged and married. We have healthy and unhealthy seasons, ones of flourishing and of pruning, and every high and low in between. I’ve been one to say I’m in a season of waiting just as often as I say I’m in a season of going. Too often, we lose sight of the present season for looking too much on the seasons past or future. Let’s take some time this week to be honest about our seasons – mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally – and learn to savor and soak in where we are now.


Even In Waiting

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart…

fridayEcclesiastes 3:11

Waiting is one of my least favorite things in the world, yet I feel like I am always waiting on something. Whether it’s a vanilla latte or a visa in my passport, a Prince Charming or a new job, waiting seems to be a constant in my life.

Too often we have the wrong perspective on waiting. We get stuck in the mentality that “Life will finally start when _____:” I get promoted. I get married. I buy a house. You fill in the blank with whatever it is that you’re waiting on. I’m so guilty of functioning under the belief that happiness and ability to serve the Lord only comes when all of my ducks are in a row, but that’s just not the case.

Every season is deliberate and infused with God’s presence, and it’s ours for the taking. We can choose to be present in our seasons of waiting, but too often we catch glimpses of what’s ahead or think we know what we want to happen and then lose sight of what is here and now. We push and barrel forward, praying for a change in seasons, and miss what is right in front of us.

We were created with an ache for a different season because God has put eternity in our hearts. The desire we feel for what’s next is rooted in God’s desire for us, that we would seek first the Kingdom and chase after the home awaiting us.

Our mortal lives will always be marked by waiting for what’s next, but we can learn to be present in the waiting. We can learn to seek and praise God in each season of waiting, to take what His hands have dealt and to worship in the in-betweens of life.

We will find the most fulfillment when we are living out God’s will for us in the seasons He has placed us in. Choosing to seek His higher perspective on our current circumstances and taking His view on our seasons rather than our own makes all the difference.