Prayer for Patience and Gentleness

Ever hear of the expression: “Be careful what you pray for, you just may get it:? I think it is like that with patience. You know, you pray for patience and the Lord gives you opportunities to practice it! LOL!

As I write this (Tuesday evening), I am just exhausted and spent. Andrew and I have been butting heads the last few days and he seems to have a real knack for pushing all the right buttons to get me going. :/ I know in my head that the best way to handle those situations is to stay calm and disengage temporarily. Alas, I instead feed into his behavior and lose my patience more often than I should. Please tell me I am not the only one!

Prayer for Patience & Gentleness

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Since I probably am not alone in this struggle, I am reposting this prayer that I had linked to Fearless Friday a few years ago. Clearly, patience is something that I need to work on for the long haul.

Prayer for Patience and Gentleness

Bestow on me, O Lord, a genial spirit and unwearied forbearance;
a mild, loving, patient, heart;
kindly looks, pleasant cordial speech, and manners
in the exchange of daily life;
that I may give offense to none,
but as much as in lies live in charity with all men.

—-By Johann Arndt (1555-1621)

Let us pray for each other that we will grow in patience, gentleness, and humility. Are you with me?

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Fearless Friday: Prayer for the Despairing

There are so many people who are suffering terribly and/or on the brink of despairing. Many of these people have little or no faith or understanding of God’s infinite love and mercy. Many of these people are crushed with disappointment, illness, or tragedy. Many have faced hard-knocks or seemingly insurmountable struggles.

So today, I am praying for the despairing. Will you join me in praying for those who are at their wit’s end or struggling with despair?

“Almighty, ever-living God, You give strength to the weary and new courage to those who have lost heart. Hear the prayers of all who call on You in any trouble that they may have the joy of receiving Your help in their need. Amen.”

(Prayer found at 2heartsnetwork)

Add your own Fearless Friday prayer intentions over at Free Spirit Haven.

A Prayer for Fathers

“St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty.
You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands.
Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes.
They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness.
But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother.
Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done.”

– Pope John XXIII

(This and other Catholic prayers can be found at catholic.org)