Lack of Patience Grace

Me, have a lack of patience, never!!!! Sure!!!! I don't know if the lack of patience is because of all the busyness these days or that I had two pieces of cake when I went to visit relatives recently. 

I know that sounds funny, but I have Hypoglycemia and I don't handle refined sugars well. After having sugar, it usually drops my blood sugar low and makes me cranky, so possibly my lack of patience is due to that. Regardless, I'm responsible for what comes out of my mouth or what doesn't come out of my mouth.

In the last week, there have been a couple of times where I've interacted with others who also were in a cranky mood. Did I pray and ask for Christ's grace the way I should have? Unfortunately, I didn't, I'm sorry to say. Because if I had, Christ would have given me the Lack of Patience Grace to joked the situation off, to have ignored it, to have been less judgmental, or to have distracted the people with the cranky moods.

 Instead, my lack of turning this over to Christ's very capable hands, I made matters worse and feel terrible about it. Again, I am very blessed that Christ is all-forgiving and will again help me in situations like this when I ask Him. 

Example of a Brief Prayer

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Acts 15: 11

I was with someone who was scooping up some free popcorn. They didn't ask me if I wanted any. The person told me that I should get a bag of popcorn and then took it from my hands. They wanted me to get the popcorn for them to eat later.

It's such a silly thing, but it really did irritate me. Didn't that person think about whether I wanted some or not? Couldn't they have asked me if I wanted some before they took it from my hands? I found myself getting frustrated at that person. Then, it popped into my mind that that's not what Christ wants of me. He wants me to be gracious to those who irritate me, but I was too frustrated to be gracious at that moment.

What I prayed was, "Popcorn Grace," and immediately Christ calmed me down, so that I didn't respond to the person in a less than positive manner. Although the "Popcorn Grace" prayer was very brief, I was asking Christ to please give me grace with this popcorn situation, so I would respond in a gracious manner, and He did! It amazed me that He knew and understood my brief prayer and granted me that grace, so I could be more gracious as an example of how He works in my life! I have continued to use these brief prayers which are changing my life and my response to others. If Christ can do this for me, He can most certainly do it for you, as well. Try it...what can it hurt?