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Patience

We talk a lot about patience this time of year.  We have not been able to put gifts under the Christmas tree until after Hannah has gone to bed on Christmas eve, ever.  She wants to open them right away and instead of having that constant nagging from her and temptation in front of her, we just hold them all away until she's asleep and wakes up to a pile of gifts.
Anyway, I'm not really talking about Christmas presents, I wanted to share about some of the fruits of patience.  I've had lots of opportunities to be patient.  I don't always take them, but when I do, there are some awesome things that happen.  I can't explain to you how it is that I let my impatience cause me to believe that I can make things turn out better than God, but somehow I do.  So I wanted to share one specific thing with you.

We bought our mattress when we were first married.  It came with a free metal frame, the kind that you can attach a headboard to.  Well, we have talked about getting another frame to go with it, but never made a real move towards buying one.  The other day, Joel, Hannah and I were sitting on the end of the bed and the whole thing fell.  One of the center legs had snapped.  After ten years, numerous moves, uncountable number of room rearrangements, I totally understand how it could give out.  Joel propped up the bar with some books.  It was working, but we knew something was going to have to happen.  I started pricing beds, nothing that I really really had to have or thought about spending the rest of my life with jumped out.  Then it came to mind that we could just get a new metal frame.  So I started researching that instead, but didn't purchase.  And then today I was looking to see if there was a place in town where I could go and pick up a bed frame.  I checked Home Depot to see if they carried one, because hey, Martha Stewart sells beds there, why not.
When I searched on the website, it pulled up a picture of the wheel that we have on our bed, which got me thinking.  Could I just replace the old leg with a new leg?  They were 5 dollars plus tax for two of wheels.  I came home and put them right in, easy peasy, and the bed was fixed.
I have learned that patience isn't about doing nothing while you wait, patience is knowing what you can do within your gifts while you wait that help get you in a place to see God's provision when it occurs.  I have had to go through a lot of trial and error to discover what I can do while I'm being patient.  I'm very excited about this last time, because it just shows again, that God has something in mind that we are supposed to be spending our money on this Christmas season and we have not quite discovered what that is yet.

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