Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Homemade Popsicles: a lesson in patience

Homemade popsicles: a lesson in patience

Today Hazel and I bought a Crayola popsicle mold (at one of our favorite stores, Grocery Outlet). She could hardly wait to get home and make popsicles! I was thinking of the low sugar juices we could freeze. I bought some V-8 Fruit Fusion too thinking these would make excellent juice pops. We unloaded our groceries and Hazel could not wait to pour the juice in the molds and FREEZE! Trouble is, a three year old doesn't have a lot of patience for homemade popsicles. And you know, if you open the freezer every five minutes it seems to delay the process. :)

I have been taught several lessons in patience in my thirties and I am so happy to report I am much more patient at thirty something compared to what I was at twenty something. And there is much more work to be done in me. I need to continue to be patient with those around me and with myself. I need to pray for patience for my children and help them in this process.

Hazel ended up forgetting about the popsicles, either that or she was just being very patient. :) When she asked me at 3:00 if they were ready, I told her "yes"! And boy did she love her clementine, low sugar, juice pop.

As our family grows in #s - I think our patience is tested. We have to wait for others. We have to be patient with one another. Yesterday, Willem and I needed to find something to do while Merit was at Math is Cool. Sometimes the boys need to wait for help with homework because I am helping someone else with homework, working on dinner, playing with Hazel... Sometimes laundry doesn't get done in a timely manner and my family shows me patience.

The popsicles are a sweet lesson in patience. And I am sure enjoying these days of having a little girl home with me - pretending, playing, often teaching me patience. I don't sweat the sticky fingers, the messes, the little person who NEEDS me. And how is it that I am so blessed to be able to add another little one to our family? My first pregnancy was a true lesson in patience. It seemed to take FOREVER. But baby #4 is growing quickly! I have learned a little more patience in my "old age" AND life is cruising along at a faster pace!

Galatians 6:9
And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.


Tami said...

Wonderful writing! Patience is hard. Especially when you're three. :)

Katie said...

What a fun day...great analogy too! Sweet Hazel, just love her little spirit! Patience is something that I really lack in some areas of my life... I like instant results and put expectations on too much. Love you friend!!!

Sharon and Caleb - Erlenmeyer Photography said...

I can agree with every word! I love the verse you shared too, "Do not lose heart..." what great encouragement!