Sunday, March 14, 2010

Patience


Nathaniel and Savannah















Today, Doug, Savannah, and I had the privilege of eating lunch with Nathaniel. Nathaniel lives in Vermont, however, he brought his Mommie, Daddy, and baby sister, Katie to Virginia to speak about their new church plant(I will be sharing more about their ministry in a later post). Doug, Savannah, and I attended Iron Bridge Baptist Church with Nathaniel and his parents. After the service, we all went to lunch.

Nathaniel and Savannah had not seen each other since September. They were overcome with excitement to be together again. Nathaniel is our great nephew and Savannah is our granddaughter. They are each 2 1/2 years old (only 2 weeks apart in age).

During lunch, I told Savannah and Nathaniel to be patient! Nathaniel's Mommy asked him to share with me the "meaning" of patience and I would like to share Nathaniel's "very" profound definition of patience with each of you.

Patience: NO whining and NO complaining!

I don't know about each of you, but I was quite convicted! How many times does my Heavenly Father ask me to "be patient" and what do I do? WHINE AND COMPLAIN!

Learning from the little ones,

Andrea

67 comments:

Karen said...

This is precious...out of the mouths of babes...truth for us all!

He & Me + 3 said...

Wow what a smart little boy. So wise beyond his years.

homeschool101 said...

From the mouths of babes... What a sweet little guy. Sounds like a great day. Continue to hold David and Amden up. Have a wonderful day my friend! God Bless!

Nel said...

How sweet, we could learn a lot from the little ones if we would just listen. lol.

until next time...nel

Faith Imagined said...

I LOVE that definition of patience! It is perfect and I am going to start using it!!!

Cute kiddos!

The French Bear said...

Andrea, that is the sweetest post ever!!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Surprised By Joy! said...

They are soooo adorable.....
Working on the whining and complaining part with the Lord.

I was reading about the Israelites today in the desert. I am doubly convicted.

Blessings,
Tammy

Velvet Over Steel said...

Awww... so true and sweet coming from a child! Great message!
Hugs,
Coreen

Wanda's Wings said...

What beautiful children. Thanks for your prayers and support.

Ruth said...

Beautiful definition! Out from the mouth of babes!

I need to keep that in mind. Thanks my dear Andrea for faithfully sharing your insights here.

Frau said...

When did two year olds get so wise! They are too cuties!

Tracy said...

Out of the mouth of babes....he's so right! And so cute - this picture is adorable

Katia said...

Amen and amen, Andrea.
Adorable children.
Blessings,
Katia

GrammyGoo said...

Andrea ~~
A "perfect" word !
Thanks for sharing.
Blessings, Ella

Kristie said...

They are adorable! And I definitely need to practice what I try to teach my kids more often when it comes to the whining and complaining! :-)

Charlotte said...

Sweet photo's and words that are oh so true!

sarah said...

they 're so cute...They actually look like twins...words...yep...totally true.

christy rose said...

That is just priceless!! Because it is so true and from the mouth of a 2 year old!! :)

SmilingSally said...

Cute picture.

Auntie Cake said...

Sweet picture! I love the fact that you seem to have a close family, that is such a gift! And great definition of patience!!!
Kate

Beth E. said...

An awesome definition...I'm feeling some conviction, too!

Together We Save said...

He is very wise! A lesson I must learn too.

Tootsie said...

what a beautiful photo...and great story girl!

Mary said...

Hi Andrea!

Words from little ones have such an impact on us...in their honesty and innocence, they "know". I was convicted as well. Whining and complaining only reveal my lack of faith and gratitude...that is not how I want to react to situations in my life. God is in every detail, watching and protecting, so to be impatient with His plans seems rather foolish.

Love your music...it's uplifting and "speaks" to me. I need to go back through your blog to see what I've missed the last few weeks...I'll catch up sooner or later!

Take care, and God bless you, Andrea!

Mary

RCUBEs said...

How many times we want to teach the right things to our children and end up being taught instead? So cute! So wise!

Just Breathe said...

How sweet of God you send you little Nathaniel to remind you about waiting for God's timing.

Girly Muse said...

They are so darling!!! And very wise. :)

Relyn said...

That's a perfect definition! I'm going to have to teach it to my students.

Kathryn said...

"Awesome! They outgrow these things so quickly they do not wear them out. You are wise to get them second hand.
Congratulations,
andrea"


Thanks so much for commenting, I wasn't sure what blog to reply to! :)

Yes, I am so glad to be blessed with so many things. Haha although I did not really want hand me downs at first, but we are on a tight budget so it has worked for us! Have a great day!

Monique and Granny said...

Cute kids! Clever boy!

lisasmith said...

May God grant me a childlike faith and LOTS of patience!!

what cuties!!!!!

quietspirit said...

Andrea:
I like the way he answered. He just might be a writer when he grows up.

Barbara said...

It is true that a child shall lead them....they have so much truth in their observations.....what beautiful children

Deb said...

Ouch! I'm thinking I need to tape that definition on my bathroom mirror.

Computer screen. At home and at work.

On the dashboard of my car.

Well, you get the picture!

Sweet dreams.

Saleslady371 said...

Now this is a smart little boy! Sounds like you had a great time!

Renee' said...

Hey A, I sent you an invite :)

Denise said...

Hello Andrea... I am back to blogging and wanted to get by here to see you......... I needed time off but now am back now and going to switch gears and write on my Samaritan Women more and on the other Life at My House less..... I have been having long talks with the Lord and HE has given me great instructions.... of course all HIS instructions are great!

Sending warm Spring hugs !

Patricia said...

Good reminder.

Charlotte said...

Precious photo.
Hope you are having a good week.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Marsha said...

Oh my! Out of the mouths of babes! LOL That's GREAT!

In 15 days I'll be holding my precious 2 year old granddaughter, Savannah! Can't wait.

Hope you are feeling okay.

How's Amden?

Ozjane said...

Such a sweet dress on Savannah
Thanks for your visits....they are a blessing.
I noticed I had two less followers after last WFW which I find rather interesting. I have no idea who but am guessing non Christian friends who found it a bit close to the bone...I am not going to have a separate blog for my spiritual life, my garden life and my patchwork and cat life.....they are all part of me as a whole.
But it was interesting that it almost felt like a little persecution and the lack of popularity came up, but I would rather lift the name of Jesus than worry about followers. I hardly ever look but I was one off fifty and so I began to wonder when I would get there......I did and then one dropped off then another. Oh that the spirit of God may use what we write to put a hook in the hearts of those who read that He may follow it up in His time.

Regina said...

How adorable and sweet post.
Great message Andrea.

Have a lovely day.

Mary Moss said...

And the children shall lead us . . .

Too precious!

Janean said...

nathaniel's words came straight from the Heavenly Father! it also underscores what He's been telling me. *ouch* but needed.

what beautiful babes!

Miti said...

Well, he nailed it! That's a great way to describe patience.

Debra@Common Ground said...

They are darling! And such an accurate definition. Good reminder, our mouths can make such a huge difference!
blessings,
Debra

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Andrea,
What sweet little tots they are! And Nathaniel's got it right too! Thank you for a message to us to be patient, which is a fruit of the Spirit. Thank you also for your visit. I'm always happy to hear from you. Have a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Jo said...

So true, Andrea!

It's interestng how kids get things so simply whereas us adults forget the simple things that make life easier. And, oh my goodness, could they be anymore darling?????

ALWAYS a pleasure to stop by and see you, beautiful lady and I always feel doubly blessed when you venture over to my place.

Peace and serenity,
~Jo

koralee said...

So so so sweet. xoxoox

Denise said...

So beyond precious.

destrella said...

Good definition. I will have to use it on my kids and me! :O)

Nancy said...

Oh, Andrea - The picture of the children made my heart sing. And as someone once told me, "Sometimes your children speak from heaven." Blessings.

~*Michelle*~ said...

Oh my.....how precious is this!?!?

ps. If you EVER travel up to Vermont, I will seriously kick your patootie if you don't stop in CT for lunch.

*wink

Pet said...

Blessings!

Karen said...

Out of the mouths of children! :)

Sara said...

I learn so much from the kids! And delighted to hear about your name and how it came to be.

Hugs for your night,
Sara

Andrea said...

Found your blog from another, thought I would say hello to another Virginia, Andrea.
Amen on the Patience! :o)
Blessings
Andrea

sonja said...

That is precious Andrea, just so honest and yet clear and profound... the words of our little ones! What a treasure they are to us. These 2 little ones are so adorable!

Joyce said...

Oh this was sweet! Out of the mouths of babes.....

Have a wonderful day!

Goose Hill Farm said...

Out of the mouths of babes! What a great reminder, Andrea. We need to learn patience and to wait on the Lord. If we do, we will see blessings abound!

((((hugs))))~
Laura

VKT said...

Andrea,

Thanks so much for directing me to this before I go to bed. Out of the mouths of babes........!

Lora said...

Oh this teaches truth dear one!

Laura said...

awww... cute story and ADORABLE picture!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

They are adorable, and what a good explanation of patience!
Blessings,
Marcia

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Adorable! Great definition of patience.

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

oh so precious Andrea(:)
hugs,Patty

chili pepper said...

Darling picture. Love the quote of little Nathaniel. Kids say some things best!

Hugs,

kat