Devotional for Saturday and Sunday February 1-2

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Patience”
Our Bible verse for today: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “Developing patience takes time.”
“God, give me patience – and hurry up!” Have you ever felt that way? I have. I know I need to have more patience and I’m tired of always being in a hurry and impatient, so I want God to help me to be more patient and I want Him to do it now. I’m impatient with being impatient.
In our world today most of us live at a ridiculously frantic pace. We fill our lives right to the outer edges with activities, responsibilities, and unreasonable expectations of ourselves and others. And then we rush. We rush from one appointment to another and from one activity to another. We never seem to have enough time to accomplish it all. Ten pounds of stuff crammed into a five pound bag.
And so, we get impatient. Fast food isn’t fast enough. Our time saving devices don’t save us enough time. We stand in front of the microwave drumming our fingers on the counter and wishing it would hurry up (I know because I’ve done this).
A few years ago I wrote an article entitled “Room for the Singing of Angels”. It’s all about establishing boundaries in our lives, what I called “buffer zones of quiet inactivity”, so we can relax and hear the singing of the angels. I wrote it mostly for myself because I needed to learn to practice the things I was writing about. Of all the articles I’ve written, it’s one of my favorites. I just wish I was a little better at doing the things I wrote about. If you would like a free copy of it you can get one at my website Just click on the tab “Free Articles”.
Developing patience takes time. Patience is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It’s something He develops in us as we place ourselves in a position before Him each day whereby He can mold and transform us into the people He wants us to be. All this month we will explore the theme of patience – what it is, what it looks like, and how we get it. But doing so will take time, a full month, so be patient.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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