: This heavenly exchange shares questions, doubts, fears, and concerns from an earthly perspective in the form of prayer-letters to heaven. Then in heaven's kind and loving response, your heart will soar as you experience God's wisdom and insight gleaned from His Word. Whether for yourself or a special friend, this beautiful book is a meaningful and memorable treasure that will be kept close at hand and cherished for years to come.
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Debbie Webb has extensive experience in writing and teaching curricula for women's classes, seminars, and retreats.
A minister's wife for the past twenty-three years, she and her husband, Stan, have four biological children and a covenant son.
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Heavenly Mail/Words of WisdomPrayers Letters to Heaven and God's Refreshing Response
By Debbie Webb
Howard BooksCopyright © 2002 Debbie Webb
All right reserved.
Teach Me the Wisdom of Patience
Dear God of Great Patience,
I feel like I'm at the ragged end of a rugged day. It started
out badly and kept getting worse until finally, I just blew up.
I woke up tired and temperamental this morning. There wasn't
any orange juice for breakfast for the second time this week. How difficult can
it be to keep orange juice in plentiful supply?
I stopped by the drugstore to pick up a prescription, and
already late for work, I backed into a car behind me, crushing my taillight. I
dented the bumper on the other car, and the driver was very angry. It took
forty-five minutes to complete the police report.
When I got to my desk, I realized that I had missed the first
thirty minutes of an early meeting that my boss had scheduled yesterday. The
discussion concerning my department was completed before I ever entered the
And finally, when I picked the kids up from the baby-sitter
this evening, my son had been bitten by another child and had a bruise on his
I've told You all of this so that You'll understand why I
yelled at my spouse when I found out that supper was going to be late.
Lord, I considermyself a patient person, but everyone has
limits, and I felt I had reached mine. I'm truly sorry that I lost my cool, and
I know that it was wrong. How can I keep from losing my temper under
circumstances like these? I really want to learn patience, Lord.
Your Hot-Tempered Child
Dear Hot-Tempered Child,
Everyone has days when everything seems to go wrong. It makes
you wish you could crawl back into bed and stay there -- safe from the difficulties
that life imposes. Sometimes you can't escape the feeling that everyone would be
better off if you just stayed out of circulation for a day.
Let me encourage you to consider this: Patience is really a
matter of perspective. When things start piling up and you begin to feel
overwhelmed by the pressures of life, just remember that you are not alone. Many
times your impatience is a result of feeling as if you are on your own, as if no
one is there for you.
panic swells within your spirit and washes over your heart. You fly off the
handle because you don't feel adequately supported.
I assure you, My child, that I am with you. If you will turn
to Me, I will generously supply all that you need. Whether you need wisdom,
insight, patience, support, strength, or encouragement, I will be there for you.
When you feel anger in times of stress, find a time and a
quiet place where we can talk. I know you are busy and hurried, but that is part
of the problem. You need to slow down. Pour out your heart and your anxiety into
my lap of love, and I can make a difference.
Remember, everyone has a bad day once in a while. Just make
sure that your bad days are not outnumbering your good days.
Your Patient Father
2 Timothy 2:22-26
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and
peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Do not have
anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce
quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to
everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently
instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a
knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from
the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays
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Table of Contents
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Patience||2|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of True Joy||6|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Avoiding Gossip||10|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Courage||14|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Asking for Forgiveness||18|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of a Good Name||22|
|Teach Me the Greatness of Little Things||26|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Avoiding Envy||30|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Obedience||34|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Forgiveness||38|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Being Teachable||42|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Diligence||46|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Doing Good||50|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Faithful Friendship||54|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of True Contentment||58|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Discernment||62|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Avoiding Vanity||66|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Mercy||70|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Love||74|
|Teach Me the Wisdom of Rest||78|
|Teach Me to Use Words of Wisdom||82|