Patience

30 Day Patience Bible Study: Jesus

Today’s post focuses on the 30 day Bible study on patience that I created for the month of September. It’s never too late to to join in on the study! You can download the calendar and information sheet below.

September 2016 Bible Study Calendar

30 Day Patience Bible Study Info

Each Monday on the calendar includes the study of specific people in the Bible who demonstrated patience. On Tuesdays (like today!) we will be discussing the study on the blog.


Yesterday’s reading was Mark 15 and Mark 16 and focused on the trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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I have to admit, this has been the toughest post in the Bible study series for me to write.

How do I sum up the patience, sacrifice, and trust that Jesus displayed in his life? It’s impossible to cover the meaning and impact of Jesus’ life and death in a blog post, so I’m going to keep it simple.

If you read yesterday’s reading and any of the New Testament, you know that Jesus lived his life absolutely knowing that he was going to be crucified. He spent around 33 years being divinely patient in God’s perfect plan.

On the day he was crucified, he was patient and even loving towards the people killing him. Jesus endured unthinkable torture as he was mocked, spit on, forced to wear a crown of thorns, and spent hours nailed to a cross.

The good news in Jesus’ story is that his suffering wasn’t in vain. He died a selfless death so our sins could be forgiven and we could spend eternity with him if we obey him.


I have included a printable below that incorporates questions about Jesus’ story for personal reflection on the study.

30 Day Patience Bible Study – Jesus

If you’ve been following along with the study, I hope you’ve enjoyed it! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments or send me an email at alliezottola (at) gmail (dot) com.

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30 Day Patience Bible Study: Sarah

Today’s post focuses on the 30 day Bible study on patience that I created for the month of September. If you want to join in, you can download the calendar and information sheet below.

September 2016 Bible Study Calendar

30 Day Patience Bible Study Info

Each Monday on the calendar includes the study of specific people in the Bible who demonstrated patience. On Tuesdays (like today!) we will be discussing the study on the blog.


Yesterday’s reading was Genesis 15:1-6; Genesis 17:1-21; Genesis 21:1-7 and focused on the story of Sarah and Abraham.

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I kind of feel like a kindred spirit with Sarah.

When she was told she would bear a son, she laughed and then lied and said that she didn’t laugh. She was 90-years-old when she had her son, Isaac. I think I’d be tempted to laugh if I was closing in on 90 and God told me I would give birth to a child.

What also makes me feel close with Sarah is how she tried to control her situation.

God had told Abraham in a vision that he would have a son. Time passed, and Sarah and Abraham grew impatient, so they took matters into their own hands with Sarah’s maidservant, Hagar.

Sarah told Abraham to sleep with Hagar so he could have a son. Hagar became pregnant and gave birth to a son, Ishmael. This caused all sorts of trouble for Sarah, Abraham, Hagar, and Ishmael.

Don’t we all do things like that, though? We get tired of waiting on God, so we try to take matters into our own hands. We don’t want to wait, so we force our plans into existence when God’s plans for us are so much better.

Part of me feels like Sarah believed she would have a child because God said she would, but maybe she was so bitter by that time that all she felt like she could do was laugh. I think Sarah had patience against all odds. She waited on God, and God was patient with her, too.

Sarah went on to give birth to her son, Isaac, and said in Genesis 21:6 “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”

Sarah wasn’t perfect. She had trouble waiting on God. She was human, just like us. Her waiting paid off, and she was rewarded with Isaac, whose name means “he laughs.”


I have included a printable below that incorporates questions about Sarah’s story as well as your own for personal reflection on the study.

30 Day Patience Bible Study – Sarah

If you’re following along with the study, I hope you’re enjoying it! Next week we will be studying Jesus. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments or send me an email at alliezottola (at) gmail (dot) com.

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