Patience

Patience is the first song that I finished after deciding to leave the band I’d been with for seven years. It was a tough decision, and it literally left me wondering “What next?” From my earliest memories, music has been part of my life, and even though I knew it was time to quit the band, I knew God didn’t want me to leave music behind all together. I prayed so many times that He would show me what he wanted me to do. I had learned to love performing, and had grown from a quiet, behind-the-scenes person to someone who loved singing and playing for a crowd. And then there was the fact that, in the previous three years, I had started to write songs. So, a week or two after quitting the band, I decided to consider becoming a solo performer. I took out a pen and paper, and wrote down all of my song titles… ten, written over the previous three years. A nice start, but hardly enough to build a show or a career on.

Where to start? It’s awesome when a song just pops out, lyrics, music and all, but that doesn’t always happen! So, I decided to dust off some song sketches in my songwriting book. A good tune had been kicking around in my head for nearly a year, but the right words hadn’t shown up yet. As I thought about my circumstances at that time, the lyrics for Patience came to be. They apply to so many situations, and the happy tone of the song helps to keep me going some days when things are pretty challenging. After finishing Patience, I was blessed with another twenty or so songs in just a year–a huge increase for me! God is great, and I am grateful!!album art 1

Patience (c) Tina Pumfrey, 2012

I’ve been making plans to try something new, but it’s hard to follow through

Life gets in the way, excuses multiply, makes me wonder, should I even try

But these dreams, they just stay in my mind, there’s something out there I was meant to find

I wanna know now, will I make it somehow, is everything gonna be all right

So hard to think straight while I keep on waiting, been lyin’ awake at night

I’m spinnin’ around, need to slow myself down before I lose my mind

I’m prayin’ for patience… and I want it now.

I could play it safe, take the easy way, say it’s just too hard to make a change

But if I never try, how will I know everything the future has to show

But these dreams, they just stay in my mind, there’s something out there I was meant to find

I wanna know now, will I make it somehow, is everything gonna be all right

So hard to think straight while I keep on waiting, been lyin’ awake at night

I’m spinnin’ around, need to slow myself down before I lose my mind

I’m prayin’ for patience… and I want it now.

But these dreams, they just stay in my mind, there’s something out there I was meant to find.

I wanna know now, will I make it somehow, is everything gonna be all right

So hard to think straight while I keep on waiting, been lyin’ awake at night

I’m spinnin’ around, need to slow myself down before I lose my mind

I’m praying for patience… and I want it now.

Ooh, I want it, I want it, I want it now… I’m prayin’ for patience, and I want it

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2 thoughts on “Patience

  1. I can so totally relate to the line, “I’m praying for patience… and I want it now.” I’ve often prayed for patience because I am far from being a patient person. Having a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, and having to help him with his school work, and teach him how to read in English, has helped me a lot. I truly believe that I have more patience now because of that in my life.

    • Yes, I can definitely see how you identify with that line! I’ve had a lot of things come my way that demanded patience, too. I think God was trying to tell me something!

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