A Patient Love

Saturdays, who loves them? I know I do. Especially when there is nothing on the agenda. But today was not one of those Saturdays. Today, after a very long wait, one very patient twin finally got his big boy room! Matt, Jake and I disassembled the twins loft beds and put together his new one. We cleaned out his room and are in the process of setting up his new space. This boy has patiently waited over a year for this room transformation. He is one that never complains. Never asks when it’s going to happen. He gets chores and tasks done without complaint or a bad attitude. He is calm, patient, and focused when he does these kinds of things. He amazes me. We often joke and say is the best one to get to help us do things because he always does a great job, never makes a big deal about it, and comes when we ask. Adam had that kind of patience, but he always did tasks whenever he got around to them. He was not one to ever be in a hurry to do things. Matt is the opposite. He gets after things. He doesn’t like for things to be hanging over his head. I love that he makes me accomplish things with him, we make a good team. I keep him focused and he keeps me motivated. Even if I grumble in the process. After long day of moving furniture, taking apart, putting new pieces together, wiping down walls, blinds, windows, etc…Matt even cooked us a steak dinner. I on the other hand, am now worthless! I am worn slap out. But I am happy that it is done! We have spent the last several years making this house our home, and a space for each child that reflects who they are.

So this evening I am sitting on my couch. I might build a fire and just relax with a good chick flick. Matt has his best friend since middle school here tonight to enjoy a fun guys game night. He knows that I need down time after those kinds of projects. He is very aware that sometimes I need my own space. Especially when we have had a busy day, or week. He is very patient with me. Jake is patient with everyone. I need to work on my patience! But I thank God everyday for the patient men He has always put in my life. My dad, my brother, my husbands, and my all 3 of my boys! They show me how God is so patient with us. He doesn’t get frazzled when we lose our tempers, say bad words, or completly fall apart. He never gives up on us either. No matter where you are right now, He will meet you right there. Just ask. Call out His name and He will be there. He will be patient through all of your set backs, and stumbles, complaints and rebellions. He will still be there no matter what.

I hope you have given yourself some moments of love this week. I hope you are able to find time to focus just a little bit of time for yourself. This year has been hard for everyone. Make sure you are taking care of you! Make sure you are seeking God. Make sure you are being patient with yourself as well as with others.

James 5:8 “You must be patient. Keep your hopes high, for the day of the Lord is coming near.”

By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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