Two Tiny Words

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I’ve been saying a lot of Scripture prayers, lately.

They have come to mean more and more to me.

I especially like Colossians 1:9-14.  I’ve mentioned it on this blog before - but I think it bears repeating:

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

I pray this for all on my prayer list - and for myself. 

I’ve been struggling with two concepts from this passage.

Endurance.

And patience.

My endurance is simply trying to bear all I am going through - just getting through the day.

My patience?

Well, let’s just say the words ‘long suffering’ come to mind as I strive to be patient with myself and others.  If I am patient - it is grudgingly so.

Today - I saw something new.

(I love it when that happens!)

I found it in this portion.

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

Strengthened with power … (it comes from Him) for all endurance and patience …. with joy.  

With joy!

My patience and endurance have lately shown little evidence of joy

Yet, that is what was prayed for for the Colossians.

How can I pray less for others and for myself?

For some reason, just this awareness has elicited a change in my attitude.

With His help - I can still have joy - amidst the trials I am called to endure and in the situations where I am not so great at waiting.

Now, I’ve not idea if those two small words will help any of you - or affect you the way they did me.

But they have turned around an attitude that has been one of self-pity and depression - one of simply existing with my challenges - to being able to face them with the joy He gives me, simply because I am His.

Father God, Thank you so much for allowing those two tiny words to jump out at me today.  As I pray for others and myself, may I pray not only for patience and endurance - but patience and endurance with the joy that can only come from abiding in You.  Amen and amen.


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