Patience produces virtue

Last Thursday morning, I turned on my laptop and saw the computer black screen of death and words on the screen to the effect of “corrupted hard drive.”  (Always have a back-up. My most important info was, thank God!)

Ray knows a lot more about computers than I do, but even he couldn’t fix this. With serious misgivings, I sent my laptop into the shop, trying to patiently wait things out. I could do life without my laptop, right?

I should have listened to my gut on this one! Not having my computer forced helped me to clean the house, organize closets, and get things ready for the city wide garage sale in a couple of weeks.

But I’ve been having SERIOUS laptop withdrawals….and I have NOT passed this test well, because the man at the computer repair shop working on it:

  • promised it back last Friday
  • made me wait over an hour in the shop one day, only to finally tell me that it was NOT going to be ready that afternoon. My time is VALUABLE! Why didn’t he tell me that to begin with?
  • told me numerous times it was going to be ready by a certain time, and then it wasn’t
  • charged $100 more than he told me it was going to cost
  • and worst of all, talked to me about BORING computer stuff in which I have NO interest at ALL!

Smart phones are wonderful, but it’s a lot harder and much more time-consuming to blog a post or write articles on a little phone…so that’s why it’s been a little quiet around here at www.BethJones.net.

This week I also over-extended my elbow working out my upper arms with dumb bells, and I’ve been in a lot of physical pain all week long. So much for toned upper arms.

Yes, I’m being tested in patience again, which is producing virtue IF I allow it.

Can’t wait for God’s finished product in me!

How has YOUR week been?

Also, what do you use for backing up your data – Carbonite, Mozy, or something else and why? Please say hi and leave your comments below!

“By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

 3-5There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!”

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