PATIENCE is not my strong suit. I hate waiting... for anything. I'm so impatient I even finish people's sentences. (How rude!)
My latest exercise in patience is waiting to get back on the tennis courts. I had stem cell repair on my knees last summer so had to wait for them to heal. Physcial therapy instead of doubles. Then, I wound up having to patch up a torn rotator cuff end of December. I'm still waiting, waiting to hit the courts. Why is this all taking so long?!
Because it is, that's why. And maybe that's an answer I need to learn to come to grips with as I continue to learn patience.
This appears to be a lesson I will still be working on clear to the end of my life. But it's one worth continuing to work on. How much better life is when we have patience with each other, patience with ourselves. And with God.
Ever pray for something and then wind up emotionally pacing, asking, "When am I going to see an answer?" I have. I still do. I'm big on getting things checked off my to-do list and I'm equally big on getting them checked off my prayer list. It seems much of my life has been one big "When?"... "When are these kids going to be old enough to go to school?!"... "When is my career going to get resurrected?" ... "When is that check going to get here?"... "When is that relative I'm praying for going to get her/his act together?" .... And of course, the same question many of us asked during 2020: "When can we get back to normal?"
Perhaps God's answer to many of those questions would be, "When the time is right." ... "When you're ready." ... Or, when I'm so busy praying for Him to fix someone else: "When you get your act together." I think sometimes the answer to my questions is simply, "When you have learned to trust me enough to be patient." Oh, that again.
Patience with others, patience with myself when I mess up. Patience with God, which equals trust. I think mastering patience the biggest lesson we can learn. It is for me, anyway.
How about you? Is there an area where you need to learn patience?
For garage sales! One person's junk really is another person's treasure. I'm convinced that if you're patient you'll find anything you need or want at a garage sale. For a fraction of the price you'd pay in the store. If you're on a tight budget, if you're looking for furnishings or toys or play clothes, garage sales can be the answer to your prayers.
In our beach town of Ocean Shores (aka Moonlight Harbor) Memorial Day kicks off garage sale season. You can see by the picture below that they spring up like mushrooms. (Those signs were just for one area of town.) Here are some of the treasures I found. Notice the brand new Queen sheet set marked $5. You know what those cost in the store. Score! Same with that smoothie maker, brand new in the box, that I got for a buck. A fun little decoration and Hello Kitty brand new earrings that will make a great present for a granddaughter. In the background you can see a cool painting of Vienna that we picked up years ago. We thought the picture was lovely and it brought back memories of a visit to Vienna when we were newlyweds, living in Germany.
Other finds in the past? How about two twin beds and all the bedding for $150. A Livingston boat? Coffee table? Glider chair, wine glasses, dishes... we basically furnished our beach digs with garage sale finds. Oh, and espresso machines - I have never paid full price for one of those. (I actually have one in my store room right now for backup in case my current model breaks. Gotta have my morning latte!)
Now, it's your turn. What's the best bargain you've ever found at a garage sale?