Girl to Girl Talk: Boyfriends and the “P” Word
Written by Christi Given | January 6, 2012
Every week I look at the “Girl Talk” posts and find inspiration for topics and advice to share with you girls. One post came from a girl who is in a new relationship with a boy, but doesn’t know if she’s rushing into love at too young an age. Click here to read the post.
That’s where the “P” word comes in: Patience. It’s a word that’s tough to remember when you think you’re in love. It is a word that can stir up different reactions. In the Bible, we learn that in the book of wisdom (Proverbs) it says, “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly” (Proverbs 14:29). We also read in the book of Isaiah that those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength, and that God will sustain you!
Waiting on God is much better than rushing – into love and other decisions – and not having patience. One of the stories in the Bible about “going ahead” of God was when God promised Abram (Abraham) a child and told him Sarah would give birth. Sarai (Sarah) didn’t believe and laughed. She was way past childbearing years and told Abraham to be with Hagar (the maid servant). Abraham and Hagar conceived Ishmael but later, God fulfilled His promise by giving Abraham and Sarah their promised son, Isaac. You see, God’s timing is perfect, even if we don’t think so at that moment. When looking back it will be and we will understand! Also, sometimes I believe God is testing us to see if we really have faith, trust in Him, and believe in the promises He has for us.
Be patient with love. Trust in God, and understand that God has a plan for you and your life, and will bring you your true love when it is right (whether it is this boy, or another someday in the future).
Understanding and Developing Patience:
1. Realize God is faithful.
Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised (Genesis 21: 1).
2. Understand God has promised life to the fullest for you!
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).
Other translations say “life in abundance” or I have come to give you an abundant life.” God wants to BLESS you!
3. Patience comes with practice.
Being patient isn’t easy, but it is a fruit of the spirit. If we practice and live out our faith by reading God’s word (the Bible) and by praying and living in the Spirit, the result will be the fruit(s) of the spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5: 22).
4. While you are waiting, look to Jesus…put your HOPE in Him!
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those whose HOPE is in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:30-31).
PI readers, I know the “P” word is hard to be! With the world’s pressure, we feel like there is a race against time–there is so much to do and sometimes we feel like God isn’t moving quick enough! Believe me, God hears your cries, He LOVES you with an everlasting love and He knows what His Sons and Daughters need. He created the Universe and TIME! He won’t give you what you can’t handle and He won’t withhold good from the people who honor him and walk with him. Trust in God, pray, ask godly friends and family/leaders to help you! Let us grow patient together! Amen!
For the Lord God is a sun and a shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor, no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless (Psalm 84:11).
Comment below if you would like to add a verse or a tip on how to become more “patient” in waiting on God! You can even share a testimony of God’s faithfulness, too!