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i’m not patient. it’s so easy for me to feel rushed and stressed. some might even call me “high strung”. (i know…crazy, right? HA!)

these last few weeks have definitely tried my patience.

the past few days especially have left me feeling pretty worn-out, stressed out, and just exhausted. i love the hustle and bustle of the holidays, but it can be draining. add some extra stuff in there (some anticipated and some not) and it’s definitely a party.

last week i was reading through Luke (in the spirit of Christmas) and the following passage has really stuck with me. it’s one i look over so many times.

Luke 1

5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. 7But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.

 8Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, 9according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 11And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

i want to be like Zechariah and Elizabeth.

they were patient.

walking blamelessly and being found righteous before God.

while they waited. for a baby. for the Messiah.

i allow myself to be sucked up by so many things that i often forget to just be patient and wait for the Lord. if nothing else, i hope this little post reminds me to slow down this holiday.

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