Why is patience so hard to keep?
How do you feel when someone is not patient with you?
What does God's patience look like?
How would life be different if everyone was patient with each other?
Pre-K - Grade 5
Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting (Joyce Meyer)
Cookie Monster is promised another cookie if he doesn't eat his first cookie until the game show host comes back. He chooses to be patient and wait --but it's hard! He tries different ways to get his mind off the cookie. Will he be successful? Which of these ways have you tried? What other ways have worked for you to make it easier to wait?
Jesus knows that waiting is hard and and that we are getting tired of living in close quarters alone or with only our immediate family. The Bible is filled with stories of specific people of God who waited patiently. Can you name a few? One story from the New Testament comes to mind. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the gift of the Holy Spirit. They didn't know what to expect, nor how long their wait would be. I wonder what they did to pass the time? Pray? Sing? Break bread together? Encourage one another to keep the faith? Remind each other to trust in Jesus' promise? If you were there, what would you have done while waiting? Today, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit during baptism, and one of it's fruits is patience!
Children of God Storybook Bible
The Good News (p.114)
The Coming of the Holy Spirit (p.116)
Jesus Storybook Bible
God Sends Help (p. 326)
Good News Bible or the Message: Jesus is Born Acts 1:1-14
Use the EXAMEN prayer to reflect on courage.
It has 5 steps, so you might like to count them on your fingers:
1. GIVE THANKS for something that was good today.
2. ASK FOR HELP with something you find frustrating at the moment.
3. REFLECT on your day and think about all the things that you needed patience to cope with.
4. SAY SORRY for the time you have lacked patience and got frustrated with someone or something.
5. DECIDE how you will practice developing the skills and techniques to become more patient.
Go and Bless others
Enjoy the light. God is with you and hears your concerns be they voiced aloud, or held silently on your heart. Listen in the stillness. You may use the refresh button in the upper left corner of the screen to relight the candle for each person you wish to pray for. Trust in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
"Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life." - Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message)
What will you do to increase your levels of patience this month?
How might you help someone else who is feeling frustrated this month?