Divine Design: Patience

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The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:8-9

My Divine Design post is late this month, but the beauty of this challenge is that you can play along any time. There is plenty of inspiration if you check out Jami Bova, Nancy Morgan, Taylor VanBruggen and Angel Wilde. You can read the details on this thread at Splitcoast and join us. I do plan to be more timely next month, but please jump in when you can.

I have several different Bibles that I have used or will use from time to time depending on what I’m studying, where I’m at in the house or which one I have left in my car for the car-rider line at the schools. Of all the copies we have in our home, it always warms my heart to thumb through my husband’s Bible.  He has 2.  One is a Study Bible and the other is a smaller pocket Bible that he carries on trips. When I bought the smaller one, I traced my hand and both of the girls hands into the front cover with a very short love note.

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Several days ago, I had Wes’s Bible on my desk, and I was searching for an answer to a question that’s troubled me for months. It’s not an overwhelming, major issue and I know that it will work out, but over time I’ve found myself reacting in various ways, mainly rooted in pride because I can’t seem to fix it all on my own right this minute. I landed in Ecclesiastes. These 2 verses spoke to me and that situation – I can hear the Lord saying, “I know the end of this road, Lori.  Stay on course. Your patience and faith in my timing is far better than anything you could force here. Let go of your pride. I know you desire to see answers quickly, but I see the big picture here.” I’m committing this one to memory.

As for your husband’s Bible, if he doesn’t have one, even if he’s not a regular reader yet, don’t give up on him – there’s a perfect day this week to present one. <wink> I can’t think of a better way to say, ‘I Love You – you are precious to me.’

Hope you have a wonderful day!

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18 Responses to Divine Design: Patience

  1. Pingback: Topics about Christian life and Bible readings » Archive » Divine Design: Patience

  2. This is fantastic and thank you so much for sharing this. It is just what I needed to hear today. :)

  3. Fortunately, my husband does have a Bible. And, fortunately, he is a regular reader. But Lori, you’ve just given me the idea I’ve been searching for (THANK YOU) for a special valentine to give him. Exact supplies TBA, but come Saturday, my sweetie will be receiving a bookmark for his Bible!

  4. Very nicely done, Lori! I had this set on my wish list..love the scene you’ve made with it!

  5. Beautiful card Lori! I just love this new tree set. It’s at the top of my wishlist. What a great message too! Something we all need to here from time to time.

  6. What a beautiful representation of such a heartfelt response to scripture. Thank you for sharing part of your journey and your art.

  7. This is beautiful! I love those verses and the card is amazing!!!

  8. Oh, this is just BEAUTIFUL. I am speechless.

  9. Your card is beautiful, and so is the verse! Thanks for sharing, Lori!!

  10. I love that portion of Ecclesiastes and reading about it reminded me about patience being the greatest virtue. Sometimes each of us needs a reminder the God will give us guidance if we are open to His words. Thanks for sharing your lovely work.

  11. Your page is beautiful Lori. I always appreciate your thought-provoking posts – patience is not easy in our instant gratification world! Thanks for the reminder! :)

  12. Oh Lori – this is gorgeous. I liked that tree set when I first saw it, but your project makes me really want to get it. And thanks for sharing that verse and your heart!

  13. Your card is lovely, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I need to commit these verses to memory. God Bless you.

  14. Lori, I love that you share so much of yourself in your posts… it gives such meaning to an already beautiful project! I learn so much from you and you are such an inspiration!!

  15. Every time I stop by your blog, I always (and I mean always) find spiritual food for my soul, Lori! I need to read this verse everyday bc I’m such an implusive responder (aka I fly off the handle quite easily and then come to regret it!). I’m growing in patience but it just takes time and experience.

    I heart the “lazy day” look of the tree and tire-swing to go with this verse–perfection! It just says: take a break, step back and relax..oh, and take a deep breath!

  16. Beautiful card and story to go with it is very special!

  17. Jennifer Scull

    oh goodness, I came upon this at the ABSOLUTE PERFECT TIME! THANK YOU, GOD!!! and Lori, too! :) my computer crashed about 6 weeks ago due to a nasty bugaboo, both my oldest son and I have been in and out of the hospital, major stuff is going on at home with health issues, hubby has BIG time stuff going on at work (you remember he is in ministry?), and after borrowing an old laptop from hubby I’ve finally managed to get back into cyber space to this amazing verse being spoken directly from God!!! thank you so very much! and of course your card is just wonderful as always!

    may you soon have the answer to your quandry in God’s most perfect timing. and in the mean time know that you have blessed this tea-sipper way over here in Ohio greatly with your heaven-inspired creativity! :D and we happen to have Bibles of all types all over the place & in all the vehicles. and I wouldn’t have it any other way! (and that doesn’t seem to stop us from looking for more versions either!) sorry to have rambled….
    Have a beautiful day!
    Jennifer

  18. I think I’m going to cry. Love your posts.

    You’re showing me how card-making and faith and being real and wrestling…all elements of my blog, can wind together into something beautiful. I’m so encouraged. I wasn’t sure how crafting fit in for people, and I’m seeing it can. Thanks!

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