Inspiration to increase your faith and develop your patience
I know you’ve heard a ton of advice about the importance of patience as it relates to motherhood. I will be the first to admit that motherhood has really… really, really, grown me in this area. Patience is important to how mothers nurture and develop children. However, for today’s post, my focus on patience will not be from my motherhood lens, but as an individual.
I have been in a season where I’m laser focused on being patient both as a mom and as an ambitious purpose-driven woman of faith. The interesting thing about ambition is that sometimes ambition can cause me to run ahead of myself. I’m someone who dreams BIG. It’s crazy sometimes. But as I am dreaming, I have to be careful to not run ahead of my “now”, i.e. the current moment and become impatient.
I looked up the definition of patient during my prayer time this morning. A part of my daily routine includes waking up early (at least 5-6 days a week) to enjoy some quiet time and prayer.
My quick Google.com search pulled this definition
able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.Definition of Patient
The part that stuck out to me most was “without becoming annoyed or anxious”. It reminds me of the scripture Philippians 4:6 in the NIV translation “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Waiting for your goals to come to pass or navigating detours in life can be frustrating, challenging, and can cause anxiety. My encouragement to those who are navigating this journey, and my encouragement to myself, is to lean into patience.
Here are 5 key ways to develop patience:
- Lean into your faith
- Speak positive
- Think positive
- Pivot as needed but hold on
- Seek wisdom from mentors
I shared in a recent podcast episode, The Purpose of the Pivot | Season 1, Episode 7, that I have experienced many pivot in this season. One thing that I did not expand upon was how these pivots tested my patience. Hearing “no” in regards to opportunities you have been praying for, experiencing delays in regards to opportunities you have been believing in, and waiting for situations to turn around lead to frustration and anxiety for me.
I’m learning to be more open to sharing my emotions and feelings as it relates to life’s journey, and I leaned into my own tips above. I encourage you to do the same.