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Patience . . . . . . coming soon 
Message by Naomi Mohr 

Have you ever prayed for patience? If you haven't - DON'T! It's one thing you don't have to pray for. If you happen to forget and quietly ask God for patience - sit back and prepare yourself for an interesting day, week or maybe month!

I didn't pray for patience but was innocently sitting in the Sunday morning service when my pastor announced his sermon was going to be on patience.

I started to tune out - until he mentioned waiting for your "slow" computer to boot up, or sitting at the drive thru waiting for your "fast" food order. I opened my heart and had to admit maybe there was something I could learn from his sermon.

I took a few notes - and to my dismay - my
lesson began the very next day!

It was March 12th, 2001. I was dropped off at the airport at 10:00 a.m. to catch a plane at 11:25 a.m. to Kansas City, MO for a National Women's Conference. Guess what - it was snowing! In fact snowing so hard that my flight was canceled. My lesson was about to begin!

I was rebooked on the next flight which was to leave at 1:30 p.m. Of course I lost my valued "aisle" seat so had to sit in the middle seat.

After having a salad, folding newsletters, and reading a magazine I finally boarded my flight 3 1/2 hours later. Instead of leaving, we sat on the runway, went through a de-icing process and took off at 2:30 p.m. That put me in Kansas City at 4:00 p.m. instead of 12:55 p.m.

My reserved rental car was gone but I finally got into a car and on the road at 5:00 p.m. Of course, it was a 3 1/2 hour drive, in rush hour traffic, and the conference began at 7:00 p.m. So I effectively missed the opening session of this much anticipated conference.

After finding my hotel room, I fell into bed exhausted, reflecting on my first day of learning "Patience."

Pastors Jerry's message rang in my ears and I tried to see the bigger picture here. What was God trying to teach me?

I attended the Women in Ministry Conference and it was wonderful! 1300 women from all over the world. 135 missionaries, many licensed and ordained women, Bible college and seminary students, and many women in lay ministry.

Married and single, mothers, and grandmothers all united in one purpose to share Jesus Christ with others, and be faithful to the ministry God had called them to! It was incredible!

 I knew God had a divine purpose in my attending this conference. Still . . . . why so much struggle?

I will spare you some of the gory details regarding my trip home to Minneapolis. However . . . . this is what I am learning!

  • Patience is something you can learn! (With practice!)

    The four nights I was at the hotel, the e-mail connection for my lap top computer was broken.

    I left the hotel with plenty of time to drive to Kansas City to catch my flight, but a driving rain storm, and big semi trucks hindered me and I got lost. So guess what . . . . . I missed my flight! (First time ever!)

    Then . . . I was among 25 businessmen that were on standby for the next flight - 2 hours later. I didn't get on that flight either.

  • God gave me plenty of time to learn patience!

    I watched those business men in suits and starchy white shirts wait, and wait, and wait, and I thought . . I guess waiting is something we all do. I should do it more cheerfully!

    An old song from "The Music Machine" came back to my mind:
    "Have patience, have patience, don't be in such a hurry. When you are impatient, you only start to worry.
    Remember, remember, that God is patient too, and
    Think of all the times that others have to wait for you!"

    Four hours later I finally got on the short flight back to Minneapolis, took a cab home (my ride had left long ago) and fell into bed.

  • God doesn't want us to lack patience!
    He knows in order for us to be effective in ministry, helpful to our friends, kind to our families, we need patience.

    He put this great scripture in the Bible for us to draw upon.

    "My brethren, count in all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing this that the testing of your faith produces patience."
    "But let patience have it's perfect work in you, that you may be perfect and complete - lacking nothing."
    James 1:2,4 (NKJV)

  • My pastor was used of God to keep my perspective on what God was trying to teach me all that week. I guess I'm glad I listened! I don't want to go around that mountain again!

Would you consider memorizing this definition of Patience with me?

Patience is: Accepting a difficult situation from God,

without giving Him a deadline to remove it!

Let's pray.

Dear Jesus,

"Thank you that you know us so well - and care about us so individually. You knew that I needed to practice patience. Not only with airlines, and weather, but with my family and friends, my schedule, and so much other stuff too!

Thank you for understanding me and loving me anyway.

Please touch the hearts of each one who is reading this and praying with me today. Lord give us all more of your love and compassion, and help us to be more like you Jesus. In everything, to every one, in every situation, let us show forth Your Light and Your Love."

Thank you Lord, Amen!

If you are not certain that you are a Christian please e-mail me at and I will be happy to pray with you and send you some more information.

At Mohr Ministries we have a vision! To touch women and men for Jesus Christ. Our desire is that you find and fulfill the exciting plan He has for your life. Developing your gifts and finding a place of service will be the most exciting discovery of your life.

Don't give up - God is not finished with you yet!

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Joyfully Serving Jesus! Naomi :-)