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  • Writer's pictureTammy Arlene

Waiting . . .

Waiting is hard for me. You?



In August of last year, I made a decision that surprised me. After 26 years of regularly coloring my hair, I decided to go gray! You can read that post here, if you care to.


It may seem like it's been an easy decision to stay on the path, but I’ve wrestled with it most of the last 6 months. Progress has been slow and frustrating. When I colored my hair regularly, it seemed to grow quickly—I was constantly needing a touch up on the roots. Now that I want it to grow, it seems to be growing at a snail’s pace. Of course, this isn’t true. Perception is a funny thing.


I’ve smoothly avoided the store aisles that contain neat rows of hair color boxes—even though I regularly catch a glimpse of my line of demarcation in mirrors that are strategically placed everywhere. Sadly, I did not avoid the scissors as I chopped my bangs.


Curious, does anyone else do this when they are unhappy about their appearance? Or is it just me and the frustrated toddler with scissors who goes for the micro bang look?

I am finally seeing progress, though. And truth is, I love my gray. I am embracing it like the 50 something woman I am. I love the texture; my smooth waves, and I love the color. I don’t love the waiting.


This post isn’t just about growing out gray hair.


It’s about patience – something God is helping me with.


Today’s fast paced environment, where everything—good or bad—is a click away, causes us to think things should happen faster than is natural. This results in anger, depression, frustration, and a sense of uncertainty. We can be certain of one thing, God.


I am learning to take a deep breath, or five, and relax. Trust that everything happens in God’s perfect timing, as long as I do my part. And, my part is not to be impatient! I do what I need to do in a timely fashion, and let God’s grace handle the rest.


I am working on patience in the following areas:

Answers to prayers

Health results following a diet change

Physical results after starting a new exercise

Return phone calls/resolutions


How about you?


Blessing and love,


Tammy


P.S. If you’d like to join me in a 12-week study, check out From Pain to Purpose https://a.co/d/8pFK5Nr

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