Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

Sharing life through the Word of God with love, encouragement and faith in challenging times (smile)

The Fruit of Long-Suffering

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.
~ Arthur Helps ~

Blessed is the man that trusted in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well in your world. I’m sharing my thoughts on the fruit of long-suffering. Thank God, there was a break through.

There are many things that bring about long-suffering.

Imagine living through unnecessary stress, dysfunctional relationships, toxic home or work environments, the object of bullies, manipulators and gossipers, health issues, the list can go on and on.

Bottom line, there are times, we can be too sensitive to slights or insults that are just opinions and a response is not required.

The fruit of long-suffering forces growth, builds character and teaches us something about ourself. Growth and maturity is a process that has no shortcuts.

It is quite painful to walk through long-suffering until we know who we are in Christ. Realize the situation is temporary. Understand we’re not victims but more than conquerors. Eventually the break-through comes.

Thank you Lord, for faith, to keep standing, in the meantime.

The upside to the fruit of long-suffering:

Storms come, we’re still standing.

Hope that keeps the faith, we’re still standing.

Inner strength to endure, we’re still standing.

Humility that comes naturally, we’re still standing.

Easy to let things go, we’re still standing.

Courage to walk through unhealthy environments, we’re still standing.

Contentment and f r e e from oppressive acts, we’re still standing.

Humor to see that it is, what it is, we’re still standing.

Healing in areas, where brokenness kept us stuck, we’re still standing.

Ability to walk away from dysfunctional relationships, we’re still standing.

The fruit of long-suffering results in experience and will produce more spiritual fruit, patience and inner strength.

The fruit of long-suffering experience helps to make better choices and gives abundant patience.

The fruit of long-suffering changes us from the inside out.

In time, we grow and become like a well watered tree deeply rooted, standing strong through anything or anyone’s shenanigans. (wink)

Praise The Lord for his mercy and his grace.

Abundant blessings, my friends, keep the faith and stay standing strong. (smile)

I would love to hear your thoughts on the fruit of long-suffering.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013.

12 Comments»

  AmyRose🌹 wrote @

Oh wow, where do I begin? It seems most of my life has had LONG periods of long-suffering strewn within it. So much (that’s the understatement!) had to fall away in order for my True Being could even be acknowledged. The stronger I become, the more I insist those who are in my Inner Circle of my life, Love and Respect me for who I am, not someone they want me to be. SO many fell away making my life smaller and smaller, yet the Peace within me grew by a mile. I had a huge falling out with the only sister I am in contact with yet out of that falling out, she realized I am who I am and since that falling, acknowledges me as such. So much in her as well fell away as she sought deeply the Change that was upon her. If God was not my Center, I would definitely not be where I am today. In looking back just say one year ago, the HUGE changes that have taken place stuns me, much less my entire life. Just like the seed, I had to break open under great duress in order for New Growth to occur. Within the dark is where my greatest Lessons have been learned. Excellent post, Ann! I relate and agree 100%!

THANK YOU for sending me this link. I SO appreciate you! Bless you 100 fold!

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Thanks Amy, thought that would resonate with you a little (smile) email me anytime —afriendofjesus2013@gmail.com. (wink)

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  AmyRose🌹 wrote @

THANK YOU! 💖💖💖

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

You’re very welcome. That’s what friends are for…(wink)

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  Lori L MacLaughlin wrote @

Thank you for an inspiring post! Suffering and hardship are difficult to bear, but they do make us stronger, especially if we’re able to keep the faith. May you have a joyous weekend.

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Thanks Lori! Many distractions lately but I’m pressing on! Blessings

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  Sarah Ferguson and Choppy wrote @

A lovely post – so much to keep in mind here.

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Thanks Sarah! Blessings

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  Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh) wrote @

In the grand scheme of things, those little things don’t matter anyway. Let the slights slide.

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Pure wisdom, Alex (smile) Thanks and abundant blessings!!

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  Dan Ledwith wrote @

Love it! Thanks for posting this Ann!

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  Ann V. Friend wrote @

Thank you Dan (smile) Blessings, my friend, blessings!!

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