Patience Through Prayer

Actress Angie Harmon learns good things do come to those who wait thanks to an answered prayer from God.

By Angie Harmon as told to Ginger Rue, Los Angeles, California

As appeared in


It went right into the cup! I don't know what I would have done if it hadn't, but God didn't put me to that test. He's always been a lot more patient with me than I am with him.

These days I'm learning the art of patience, mostly from Jason. I see how good he is with our girls, Finley Faith and Avery Grace, ages four and two. He spends hours with them in the backyard looking for bugs and snails and frogs (I think, Gross, those were a plague for a reason!). 

My favorite time is right when the girls get up from their naps. They have their little sleepy faces, and they crawl into my lap and snuggle. They're so still I can feel their hearts beating. I hold them close and think how grateful I am that I waited to meet the right man and have our wonderful family. Not in my time but in God's. 

And never do I feel more like I'm living in his time than when my little ones are in my arms. It's a reminder that all good things come to those who wait. Even to an impatient person like me.

The Story Behind the Story

I went to L.A. to interview Angie Harmon and bring her story to the page. We're both working moms with two young daughters so I know how hard it can be to balance a career and kids. In fact, the interview had to be delayed because Angie had pinkeye—we'd been through that at our house too. Chatting with her was like talking to an old friend. We're both Southern (Angie's from Texas; I'm from Alabama) and have a lot in common, especially our belief in the power of prayer.

I asked Angie what she wanted her girls to learn from her. She didn't hesitate. "That there's always room to improve. We can always do something that makes us a better person." I love that! Clearly Angie is a beautiful woman, but from working on this story I found out how beautiful she is on the inside too.—G.R. 

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