How Do I Get Patience?

I have heard so many people say, "Don't pray for patience.  Then God will give you hard times to make you more patient."  I know those people are joking, somewhat.  Still, I do pray for patience.  I believe that I have the Holy Spirit inside of me.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit are Love, Joy, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, and Self Control.  So, I believe that I have all the patience I can ever need right inside of me.  So, how do I get it out?  Prayer, choices, tapping into that deep sense of peace and patience, endurance and faithfulness.  I pray, "Lord, help me walk in the fruit the Spirit which you have placed inside of me."

Now, I'm sure everyone that I know would tell you I am a very patient person, yet not perfectly patient.  That is why I am writing about patience.  Lately, my patience has been running thin.  I don't seem to have the time to really answer the ones I love in the most loving way that I could.  I need to take more time for an appropriate response.  I know I have been short with my dear hubby.  I just need to get some major projects done before we can move in our camper again.  

Once I get that done, it will be better.......but what about today.  

Do I sacrifice today for tomorrow?  

What if there is no tomorrow?  

Or what if tomorrow is as crazy as today was?  

I need to remember that I will never have today again.  I know I got a lot done, but did I sacrifice the patience I needed to have for my loved ones for completing a project?

Yikes, I guess I am setting myself straight.....I will try to apply it to tomorrow....