A Project in Patience

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Hubby decided we need to replace the doors on the shed. He’s been talking about it for some time now and he decided it is time to take action. So, we headed to Lowe’s to pick up the wood. His job is directing me while I push the cart to the right area.

Then it is my job to pull the boards down so that he can eyeball them to make sure they are not warped. Once he is assured they are good, then I put them on the cart he pushes as a walking aid and to hold his oxygen tank. Then we measure to make sure they are truly the length the store says they are. Once that is accomplished, I put the boards on the large cart which I push to the cashier.

After the boards are paid for, I drive the truck to the loading area and put them into the bed of our vehicle.

Part of being a caregiver is making sure my hubby has things to occupy his time…things he enjoys doing. He loves building things, so making doors for the shed is a great project for him to undertake. He uses the tailgate of the truck to do most of the work and he’s under the carport so he’s protected from the weather and gets plenty of fresh air. I carry out the heavy equipment for him and then I have to leave him on his own and trust he won’t overdo. Today he managed to cut the ends from four boards and brought the small ends in to trim them by another 1/16″. Not sure why, but I don’t question his ability to know what he’s doing!

The hardest part of this is the patience it takes for me to get him to and through the store. Just waiting for him to hook up his oxygen tank, make sure the strap is perfectly straight (he is a Libra) and make it to the door…a five minute task…is hard for me (a Scorpio) who just wants to hurry and “get it done!” What would take me about 20 minutes to accomplish alone takes a good hour when we are together.

The lesson I’ve learned is that I do have to be patient. I have learned to move slower and smile. After all, what is the rush? Every minute we spend together is a wonderful blessing from God.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

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