Welcome When people heard I was a kindergarten teacher, they would say, “you must have the patience of a saint.” Uh, no, not even close! My family used to make jokes about my patience, or lack of it. Being an impatient person is not a good thing. And I think the patience shortage has a lot to do with the problems of the world today! Let’s define patience today, and look at it from a worldly and Biblical perspective. And your patience will be rewarded today with homemade Honey Wheat Bread. Note-I may receive compensation from advertisers and affiliate links seen in this blog. For further information, please see my terms and disclosure page.
Food For Thought As we talk about patience today, let’s start by giving it a precise definition. “The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset” is the definition of patience offered by the Oxford Dictionary. As our society becomes more about instant gratification, we become less patient as people. We live in a world of instant credit, instant spray tan, meals in minutes, and rapid weight-loss gimmicks. This is becoming a huge problem! Not only are we breeding impatient personalities, but this lack of patience is leading our entire culture astray. Impatient people are showing up as rude shoppers…have you seen the pushing and shoving at Black Friday or Tax-Free sales? How many auto accidents could be avoided if people were more patient? Yes, you can wait to take that call or make that text! But impatient drivers are also the ones speeding 15 miles per hour or more over the speed limit, failing to use signals when turning, driving around on the shoulder, or passing on hills and curves. Last year I was involved in an accident where a woman ran a stop sign because she “was in a hurry.” In the classrooms and work places, we are seeing impatient personalities in the form of unfocused youth and adults, bouncing from task to task with the inability to complete anything. And sadly, I even see a lack of patience leading to increased crime rates. Why work hard and earn money when that takes so long? Criminals are impatient for the process, so they choose to rob and burglarize instead of earning an honest living, or worse-they’ll kill you for what you have and they want! People are going in debt because they can’t wait long enough to save their money. Homes and products are built with less quality because companies are in a hurry to turn a profit. I have even seen impatience create upheaval in churches, when groups start splitting off because they can’t wait for a change to take place in due time. I think it’s fair to say we can all use some exercises in patience.
It’s a good thing God is patient with us. He certainly would have wiped us out and started over fresh, if He exhibited our level of patience. A few weeks ago, we had a church sermon that discussed patience. I knew I needed to sit up and pay attention on this one! One of the fascinating things shared was this, “Patience is a symptom of living a life of seeking God and seeking love.” Over and over again, it was stated how we cannot have love, without patience. Not only does patience exhibit love to those around us, as the Biblical definition of loves states in 1 Corinthians 13:4, it sets a proper spiritual example for Godly living. Patience is a requirement of spiritual obedience and, possibly more important, a requirement of faith. How can I possibly prove to God that I trust Him fully and completely, when I am impatient with His timing? Christians must show the ultimate in patience to prove their faith. After all, God has promised the greatest reward of all with eternal life with Him in Heaven, but not only is that time a long way off, we don’t even get to know when that time will be!
Looking back, I realize I haven’t been as impatient as I thought. Patience and perseverance got me through my school years and into a career. Patience was the key element that made me wait for “Mr. Right” and marry later than all of my friends. Patience has kept our household from having outrageous and unnecessary debt. Now, I find myself needing great amounts of patience as I work and wait to see my current business of faith-family-food grow into what I hope becomes a future success. Exercising acts of patience is good for us. It allows us growth as Christians and as decent citizens, and the reward for that is worth waiting for!
Today’s Scriptures It is no accident that God provides reminders, over and over again, in scripture about the importance of patience. The word patience appears 34 times in the New Testament alone! Here are just a few verses that highlight patience.
James 5:7-9 “Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”
Colossians 1:11 “being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience…”
Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; patient, bearing with one another in love.”
Ecclesiastes 7:8 “The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.”
Proverbs 19:11 “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.”
Today’s Recipe I can’t think of many recipes that require more patience than homemade bread. When you are thinking about the warm, homey smells that’s going to be produced, not to mention the soft texture and rich, earthy flavors of a freshly baked loaf of bread, it is hard to wait! Waiting for yeast to activate, dough to rise, often twice, and then the baking, it’s no wonder we cut a slice and take a bite when it’s still piping hot! This recipe is actually super easy, and your family will have a freshly baked loaf of honey wheat bread in a matter of a few hours. It only requires six inexpensive ingredients, making one loaf of bread that yields 12 small slices or 8 “hearty” slices.
Honey Wheat Bread
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a small bowl, combine water and honey; sprinkle yeast on water; let stand for 10 minutes. In large bowl, sift together flours and salt. Using stand mixer with dough hook (or food processor if dough hook is not available) mix flours with yeast mixture until dough ball forms. Continue to knead until dough is no longer sticky. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place dough bowl, covering with damp towel and placing in warm location, like top of oven. Allow to rise until dough doubles in volume, about 1 hour. Punch down the dough and place on lightly floured surface, patting into large rectangle. Fold dough into thirds and tuck ends to form an 8-inch loaf. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray and place loaf in, seam-side down. Cover with damp towel and allow to rise in warm, draft-free location one more hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake on center rack of oven 45-55 minutes.