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    by Cecelia Lester

Patience's Perfect Work
Date Posted: May 20, 2022

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4 (NKJV)

As believers in Christ, we are faced with many trials as we go through life. We learn to rely on God to take us through them.

As those trials become part of our past, we come to realize that we grow in our strength and our faith because of those trials.

We learn that we need to be patient for God to work in our lives. When we are impatient, we miss the lesson God has for us.

I am reminded of a small sign I heard of that a woman had by her kitchen sink. It depicted a small boy. Above his head appear the words, God give me patience. In his had is a megaphone and on that megaphone is the word “NOW!” This always brings a smile to my heart.

Sometimes, I can be like that small boy; except, I want patience yesterday or even last week. However, having gone through some health issues these past few years, I have learned that I must be patient. The best way to practice patience is to wait upon the LORD.

We live in a micro-wave world. We want things done when we want them done. My parents used to say,” In the snap of your fingers.” God does not work like that. He sees the big picture while we can only see what is right before us. We need to study Job and develop patience akin to his.

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Biography Information:

Cecelia Lester has been serious about her writing for over two decades..

She composes Christian essays and posts them to her blog

She has  served in a faith-based organization, Grace In Action  by writing two newsletters and searching for possible grants.

In July 2017, she published her first book, 'Times of Trouble Bring Rays of Joy.'

She and her husband of 53 years live in central Indiana. They have one grown son.

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