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The 4 Moms Keep Our Patience in the Midst of Chaos

Chaos? Oh, I’ve got your chaos alright! (I dare you to try to make it through that 4 minute video without shaking your head and mumbling something about your nerves.)

Maybe I should title this “3 Moms Keep Their Patience” because this here mom has the kind of patience that comes and goes. Waxes and wanes. It’s not so much that I keep my patience as it is that I entertain it. It stays for a while and then excuses itself until I see it again some time later.

I strive to be patient because I know that “Love is patient.” I love my children dearly, but I confess that I am not always patient with them the way I intend to be.

And I really do intend it. I wake up each morning and set my sites on patience. I tell myself that there will be moments of chaos, and I will be patient through those. The trouble is that I don’t always do what I set out to do.

“For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” Romans 7: 19-20

When this happens, I must take a deep breath and repent. I ask God to forgive me and give me strength and endurance to manage a large household with love and patience. Then I apologize to my children and I try again.

I am only able to really be patient when I remember my one long term goal: To glorify God.

If my goal is to glorify God, then being late for church is not worth getting upset about. Kids losing shoes, spilling milk, forgetting they are potty trained, squabbling, whining, or all manner of annoying behavior can not get in the way of my number one goal of glorifying God.

I can use each of those scenarios as an opportunity to show loving kindness and patience to my children, and in the process bring glory to God.

These things are so easy to write, but oh so difficult to master, mostly because Satan is a jerk and wants me to get caught up in the chaos and forget about my goal.

If I keep my eyes on eternity, I remember that my goal, to glorify God, is more important than an entire gallon of spilled milk.

Now, run over to the rest of The 4 Moms with me and let’s find out how they keep their patience in the midst of chaos:

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  1. Loved this honest post! I am right there! I desire to be patient but loose it WAY too often!! Learning patience and grace… LEARNING!!

  2. Wow. I could have written just about every word of that myself. “Entertaining patience”–I’ll have to remember that…that’s good. :-)

  3. Thanks for this post, Connie! “To glorify God” must be central in our thinking.

    I’ve had trouble with patience once or twice in my life too (ahem) – that’s one of the side benefits of God blessing us with lots of children, right?? We have lots of opportunities to work on our patience!

  4. Patience is a goal that is rarely attained I think it’s one of those things that once you think you have it God shows you how to improve it! Thanks for your thoughts! I added a 5th mom and one more kid with my thoughts on my blog go ahead and see what you think!

  5. Yeah, just two little boys so far, and plenty of opportunities to work on growing patience around here. Thanks for your advice, I still have a long way to go in a lot of areas.

    By the way thanks for blogging and sharing what God has taught you about being a mother over the years. I have found it hard to find many women willing to teach the younger women in the faith in real life and have been blessed by discover some online.

  6. I’m loving these patience posts! Five little boys here, ages 6 and under, and one mama with a severe patience deficiency. I could reeeally use some tips! Thanks for the refreshing post!

  7. Thanks so much for sharing that. I definitely needed to hear it. I am the mom of 4 littles, 4 and under…chaos runs rampant in our home. It is a struggle to display the fruit of the Spirit in those times. The flesh and the Spirit are truly at war. Hopefully, by God’s grace, I will remember my goal…to glorify God, no matter the circumstances.
    I along with many others am thanking God for providing your husband with work!

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