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I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “patience is a virtue.” A virtue is defined as “a particular moral excellence” and “a good or admirable quality.” 

Which makes me think: Is my patience really a virtue? 

Many times my grasps at patience are anything but excellent or admirable. Whether it’s waiting for the water to boil (and a watched pot really doesn’t boil!) or anxiously anticipating the arrival of my third child, my life isn’t exactly wrought with this fruit of the spirit!

So many places in Scripture encourage us to be patient:



“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7

“But let patience have its perfect work, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:4

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

 I need to increase my patience in so many areas:


Patience with my kids when they are fighting for the 500th 10th time today.
Patience with my husband when he doesn’t do things “the way I think they should be done”.
Patience when I have been praying for the salvation of friends and family and nothing seems to be changing.
Patience with myself when I feel like a failure because I didn’t cross everything off my to-do list on any given day.
Patience with God’s will when something happens that I don’t understand.



Thankfully God is gracious and patient with me!

“Blessed is the one who waits.” Daniel 12:12


What are you learning to be patient about? I’d love to lift you up in prayer!

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5 Comments on Is My Patience Really a Virtue?

  1. I am praying for the patience to last longer before I take that next bite to eat or yummy snack. Now that Halloween and Thanksgiving have past, I need to loose the extra pounds I put on. I give in to my hunger pangs too quickly. The worst time for me is in the late afternoon around 3:30 or 4:00 pm. I need to wait for dinner time!

  2. Praying for you ladies–yes, it is so hard to wait! It makes me weary many times too. God’s patience is an amazing thing, praying for grace to wait and trust as He fulfills His plans for each of our lives.

  3. I’m struggling with patience in waiting for answers to prayers and for waiting to see how God is going to fulfill His promises to us! I know it’s all coming to pass, but I get weary in the waiting sometimes.

  4. I am learning patience with my almost 10 going on 16 year old daughter and 16 month old son. They bring different challenges to my patience, exhausting its supply sometimes at the speed of light! Thank You God for your abundant supply!!

  5. Agh…patience. One time, my Mom told me “IF you ever find yourself needing patience pray for God to give you HIS patience…if you just ask for patience, it will be a long hard, road”….so, I did that…yes, it’s still a long hard road…wish she was here with me to share a cup of coffee and a laugh!

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