Growth/Maturity, Patience

Got Patience?

When I first started teaching I was like a race horse fresh out of the gate. I was eager to get up every day and put forth my best in making sure that my students learned something that day. But something, somewhere along the road changed. I became restless in my state of being and I began to want more (ambition is a gift and a curse honey I tell you!). For a while it was all I wanted and really all I could see. I went back to school to pursue advanced degree after degree so I could move up. And then…NOTHING! I began to get upset and question myself. I made a rash decision in my job search and ended up taking a job that I didn’t want, buying a house I didn’t need, and accumulating a heavy load of student loans that I couldn’t afford. I had gotten myself into such a bind. I remember going to church hearing Pastor Oliver preach a sermon about being in the right place for a blessing. At the time I didn’t get it because I was so focused on having what I wanted right then and there.

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14).

This verse became a catalyst for me being where I am as I type this. David was in the midst of his enemies. He was surrounded by them on every side. He didn’t go off and begin to do his own thing, he would have died. Instead he made it his commitment to wait on GOD.

My issue wasn’t that I had outside enemies. My issue was in the mirror before me. I took a step back, continued to pray and let God do HIS thing. In HIS time everything fell into place. I now know and understand that there is a blessing coming with every tick of the clock. I just have to be patient and in place to receive it.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for teaching me how to wait on You. You are my all and I know that everything I look forward to and work towards will come in Your time. I accept each gift that You give to me and I know that YOU KNOW what’s best for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today decide to EMPOWER your ability to WAIT and be PATIENT on the LORD. Trust and believe in HIM! Don’t put God on a schedule. Allow Him to do things in HIS time.

Ms. Shawna Dix is a mother, educator, and all around child of God. She is passionate about God, her son Jalen, family, friends, and her students. She loves teaching because it allows her to shower our youth with love and guidance. She resides in Pentagon City, Virginia and works hard educating inner city youth in Washington DC. She prides herself in being a realist. She exclaims that she is in no way, shape, form, or fashion perfect but she has accepted that she serves a perfect God who is able to do ALL things!

5 thoughts on “Got Patience?”

  1. Hmmmm, not sure if I can answer this question Shawna because it comes in so many different forms as you stated here. I thank you for making me “think” before I react to haste decisions. It is also comforting to know that I am not the only that needs to remember to chill for a moment even though God has granted us with ambition. Thank you for sending this message to me… are indeed a servant.

  2. Shawna…first of all it is clear that you are English teacher. You were able to write a concise blog with impact… in only a few short paragraphs. This would have taken ten from me 🙂

    About the post… I recognize that my patience can be short sometimes but it is also dependent on the person. One day I sat back and realized that with certain people I have all the patience in the world but with others it is very short fused.

    I asked God to teach me patience and he made me wait. I am waiting for God to come through on several things that I have prayed about; but, I know that I have to wait on him to deliver. Taking things into my own hands never works out in the end. I would much rather wait on him….

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