I Need More Patience

This story was sent to me by a friend who knows how much I enjoy a good laugh.

A man observed a woman in the grocery store with a three year old girl in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the child asked for cookies and her mother told her “no.” The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, “Now Ellen, we just have half of the aisles left to go through; don’t be upset. It won’t be long.”

He passed the Mother again in the candy aisle. Of course, the little girl began to shout for candy. When she was told she couldn’t have any, she began to cry. The mother said, “There, there, Ellen, don’t cry. Only two more aisles to go, and then we’ll be checking out.”

The man again happened to be behind the pair at the check-out, where the little girl immediately began to clamour for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there would be no gum purchased today. The mother patiently said, “Ellen, we’ll be through this check out stand in five minutes, and then you can go home and have a nice nap.”

The man followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her. “I couldn’t help noticing how patient you were with little Ellen…”

The mother broke in, “My little girl’s name is Tammy… I’m Ellen.”

I know how that Mother must have felt. Patience is not my strongest quality. I understand the concept but feel a little like the man who prayed God grant me patience and please do it today


Why am I feeling impatient?

Because for some odd reason Christian House Sitters is going through a period when we are getting loads of new sitters but the number of new houses is way down on what I would have expected. I know we go through cycles. It seems that we can go for a while with no new houses and then suddenly we get lots coming in all on the same day. There are times when we seem to have too many houses and then other times, like now, when I know we have sitters waiting for the perfect house and it simply does not arrive.

I need to remind myself that God is perfect in His timing. The right houses will come at the right time for the right sitters. I do believe that but need reminding from time to time.

The shortage of houses is something I really do not understand.

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God bless you



Patience Needed. But please hurry.

patience neededI do know about being patient.

I know about it but that does not mean that I find it easy. Oh no! I am by nature impatient. I do not enjoy waiting around for things.

Yes, I am aware that this is nothing to be proud of or to boast about. I remember the patience of Abraham, Joseph, Job and even Simeon in the New Testament. But once again knowing does not seem enough at times.

Does that mean I am lacking in faith? I hope not but in all honesty I guess if my faith was stronger I would not become impatient but the truth is that I do trust God. I do believe He is in control and I actually believe His timing is perfect but I still get impatient.

What has brought this about?

We are waiting to hear from a lawyer who is looking into how badly Marilyn was treated when she was in Worthing Hospital a few years ago. We were promised that the findings would be available no later than the 18th of August. As that date approached we were given a bunch of excuses and asked to wait another month. We agreed. As the next deadline approached we were told it would be the end of September. Again we agreed and guess what. Come the beginning of October we were still waiting. I contacted the lawyer who thanked me for our patience (if he only knew) and said we would hear within a week. So come Monday I contacted him again. He said he had everything ready and that he was posting it to us. Well it is now Thursday and nothing has arrived. I have emailed him and he is not even replying.

I know we will hear and I do believe God will bring a just result to this enquiry but my patience is wearing thin.Grow faster please

As you know we also run Christian House Sitters. Until August we were almost flooded with houses, sitters and enquiries. Great! But for the past month things have been deadly quiet. In all the years this ministry has existed I have never known it so quiet.

Oh I know it will soon buck up again and there will be at least the normal flow of new houses, new sitters, etc but at the moment my patience is again being tested.  So many people all over the world count on us to enable them to have a rent free vacation. But we are naturally dependent on others making their homes available while they are on their vacation. The children at the home we run in Kenya depend on this ministry for their food, clothing, accommodation, schooling and everything.

Please pray for us that the lawyers will do the right thing and do it soon. Pray also for Christian House Sitters. Finally please pray for me.


God bless you,



NOTE: The 2 pictures used were obtained from email I received. I do not know who created them.

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