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Question about Patience
By dstanley
6/6/2011 1:13:46 AM
I’m reading Clean Hands, Pure Heart is written by an LDS man who had a porn and masturbation addiction. It is about working through the 12 Steps. I’m on Chapter 7 (in between steps 3 and 4). At the end of each chapter he has some questions to write about. Usually I don’t have any trouble writing about them. This chapter has me kind of stuck. The first question is “Write about your willingness to practice patience as a tool of recovery. How are you blessed by being patient with the struggles addiction presents?” I’m only sort of sure about my willingness, and totally clueless about how it’s a blessing. The other questions in the chapter are making me realize I have a long ways to go to get back to where I need to be, but I really don't know how to answer how I'm blessed by being patient (maybe that's because I'm so not good at being patient). I'd love to hear other people's opinions.

D

Comments:

Mosiah 24:15    
"And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.

I have a problem with patience too. I talked about this scripture last night at my ARP meeting. Deep down I believe that the Lord has a timing problem because I want healing NOW. But real strength comes from perhaps waiting for the answer and having faith that the Lord has something more instore along the journey.

I love the phrase "submit cheerfull and with patience.""
posted at 08:35:32 on June 6, 2011 by maddy
Thanks    
"I like that quote, and it gives me something to think on. I like "the Lord did stengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease". I need some ease for my burdens. Just between the addiction and single parenting 2 kids with two loser dads is a major struggle, not to mention all the other things. I'd love to be cheerful and patient too. :)"
posted at 00:14:08 on June 7, 2011 by dstanley


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