waiting



                               

Winter Sky

I cannot begin to remember and count all the different times I have wanted to know how God is working in and through a particular situation and also wanting to desperately know when I will have answers. I think it was my pattern for life especially as a younger Christian without a lot of spiritual growth under my belt, so to speak.

Too numerous to count are the times answers did not come on my timetable, but as I have walked longer with the Lord, I have learned more about the process of waiting. Learning about waiting is not an easy or pleasant experience. Instead, it tends to grow in aggravation and frustration and ultimately reveals the impatience in our hearts. Waiting is waiting, and waiting is hard. There is no other way to honestly describe waiting, we all have experienced it and we know – it is hard.

Yet, it can be an invaluable teaching and testing tool—one God will use in our lives to grow us in our faith.

When I don’t know what God is doing, what am I doing? I am praying, definitely praying. I am seeking wisdom and guidance through scripture and watching for direction and movement from God. I am learning to trust and I am practicing my faith and I am filled with hope.

What does God do for me while I am waiting? He gives me peace. Suddenly, the questioning and the wondering and the waiting become endurable because He answers my faith and trust and hope with a full indwelling of peace in my heart.

This peace strengthens my resolve for the wait. This is such a great mystery but I have experienced it over and over again as I grow in my relationship with the Lord.

This peace strengthens me as I continue to seek Him for answers and direction.

Because of this, I now know that answers aren’t everything, but peace is.

But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31



                               

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New Beginnings…All Year Long

New Beginnings
A new year makes me think of new beginnings. The move to a new calendar feels like a fresh start—a blank page with all sorts of possibilities. It’s easy to think now is when everything can change.

Then as January progresses into February, the newness wears of. The New Year’s resolutions are long forgotten and life feels the same as it was.

Or have we just stopped looking for the newness in our everyday?

New beginnings don’t depend on the change of the calendar year. God gives us a new start every day.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions (mercies) never fail.

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When the Waiting Gets to Be Too Hard

Psalm 62.5I remember as a child waiting in anticipation for my birthday or for Christmas to arrive. Time moved slowly and the waiting dragged on forever.

As an adult, that time moves much more quickly. It seems like Christmas is around the corner again before last year’s gifts are put away. And birthdays…well, each one is not quite as exciting anymore. The anticipated wait doesn’t drag anymore. Now it flies by.

Waiting for the calendar page to turn—that’s not so hard. Unless time ends, one month will flow into the next, guaranteed.

But waiting on God? It. Is. Hard. Some days waiting on God feels impossible.

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Something New Has Begun

Something New Has Begun 5MfF 12.12.13 pic

Advent is the season of waiting expectantly and preparing our hearts for the arrival of Baby Jesus. We reflect on the miraculous conception, the birth in lowest of conditions, and the fulfillment of the prophecy…

…the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). Isaiah 7:14 (NLT)

We rejoice on Christmas morning—Christ is born!

And then…Christmas is over. Or at least that’s how it feels. We put the Christmas decorations away and go back to our busy lives as usual.

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Prayer Is . . .

I’ve been working my way through Your 100 Day Prayer: The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting On God, by John Snyder, over at Counting My Blessings this summer.

I believe that finding this book was a God appointment in my life. You see, I’ve been praying about something for a VERY long time. God has blessed me with peace and patience most of the time, but occasionally when longing sets in and my heart hurts . . . well, I’ll bet you can relate.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is:

Prayer is not like rubbing a magic lamp to get our wishes granted.

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While I’m Waiting

Wait. It’s the spiritual exercise most followers of Jesus dread most. But from it comes the fruit of patience. Waiting builds a faith muscle of tremendous hope and perseverance for what lies ahead. Waiting on the Lord is never in vain.

Has the Lord ever whispered to your heart, wait on me? Have your petitions and pleas been met by the quiet presence of a perfect God, reminding you once again that He is in control?

When God handed me four children to raise up He had to of been chuckling to himself. Patience was never my greatest strength. As a mommy I needed it in abundance and I needed to teach it to my own little ones.

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Peace in the Waiting

“I’m confident of this very thing, that he which hath
begun a good work in me will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil.
1:6)

Sometimes waiting is not about being denied what we want, it’s about molding, and shaping us into who God wants us to be.

Doesn’t make it an easier, huh?

Waiting is not easy. It’s not even fun. But it is necessary.

Why? Only God knows for sure. I remember a time I used to ask a lot of “W” questions.

“Why did she get that book contract instead of me?”
“Why are you blessing her and not me?”
“When will it be my turn?”
“What more can I do?”

Unfortunately, God didn’t shout the answers to my questions, but slowly brought me to a place of acceptance and peace.

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