Able to feel empathic for the screaming child this evening after a tough day, I reflect on the increase of my patience. I’ve been praying for it for years, the elusive patience, and for years I’ve had mine (what l little I possessed) tested repeatedly. This is because GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS and while I’m sure my daughter thinks I was cruel by not allowing her to get her way after some really bad & disrespectful behavior, I know I was patient and firm but not unkind. In that strength is so evident to me, the love of the Father, who is firmer but also kinder than I could ever be. Thank God for answered prayers!