"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen



Patience is a fruit of the spirit that is slowly ripening in me (fitting, don't you think, that it wouldn't show up quickly?). I think it's that way for most folks - and maybe even for most of the fruit. I am getting better at waiting as I grow in Christ.

And that's something I need to remember, especially this time of year. You see, I've been saved for almost 12 years. My kids? They've been ALIVE for less than that.

And, yanno, it's less than a week before Christmas. Can I REALLY blame them for wanting to know exactly what we got them? For hoping that presents can be opened yesterday instead of in four days? For wanting to celebrate Jesus' birthday now instead of later?

This is, after all, the season of Advent--of celebrating Christ's first arrival on earth, and anticipating His second. We're supposed to be anxious, waiting with eager anticipation for this celebration, and the celebration to come when He returns for His Church.

And you know, maybe I'm not quite as patient as I thought I was. I'm pretty excited about our Savior's return, and about celebrating his coming. But I can wait. :)

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. "Patience is a fruit of the spirit that is slowly ripening in me." I soo relate!
    A lovely post--thanks for sharing it!! A wonderful Christmas to you and your beautiful family! Hugs, Rita

  2. Some things are worth the wait. Even while we're in wait God is at work in our lives. Working to conform us into a greater image of Himself.

  3. It has been so nice getting to know you this year:) You are a blessing to so many, Joanne. Merry Christmas!

  4. I echo Wanda's words above!

    Joanne, I pray a beautiful Christmas for you and your family! Blessings to you!


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