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Revised: The Power and Prudence in Waiting on God

***Please be advised that the draft version of this post was published in error this morning. However, please enjoy this final version. To God be the glory!

As I sit at my desk, peering out at the hazy skyline of Atlanta, my mind drifts to a journal entry that I wrote after meditating on Psalm 40 and thinking. That memory reminded me specifically about waiting for God.

While I don’t know all of you, I believe many of you need to be encouraged in hope and in truth today. God hears your cries for help. He knows exactly what you need, and when you need it. Do not grow weary in waiting on Him. He is the Almighty God for a reason.

Let’s dive right into a small fragment of Psalm 40, followed by a few thoughts to ponder on our own before the Lord.

 “I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the LORD. Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD, who have no confidence in the proud, or in those who worship idols. O LORD my God, you have done many miracles for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.” Psalm 40:1-5 NLT

Allow me to encourage you if I may. There will be a season for God to lift you out of the mud and mire of life’s difficulties and pain, but you must trust in Him now. God is good, and He desires good. In times of trouble, the temptation to run from God and to run towards something else (such as self-dependency, another person, habit, or item) is very real. Avoid this temptation through the grace of Christ (remember that Jesus was tempted in all areas without sin, so He understands). Seek His will for you. You will never make a poor decision by trusting God for anything, no matter what the circumstance may be. God is good, and God is for your good.

When it comes to David and the benefits he received in waiting for God, there are four quick points that we can all be encouraged by:

1.David was lifted out of despair by God. God relieves the anguish that David feels (while being pursued to death by his enemies) by removing David from challenging situations (either physically, mentally, and/or emotionally).

2. God sets David’s feet on solid ground, meaning that He provides a place of refuge and safety away from the turmoil. God gives David a new perspective (whether that is literally a new, physical place or a mental shift in perception). God does the impossible in a trying situation.

3. God steadies David as he walks. Not only does God direct David’s steps, but He also brings incredible stability to David’s life as he explores this new place of trusting Him.

4. God places a new song of praise in David’s mouth. God fills David’s heart with a renewed peace, wonder, hope, and joy that causes David to overflow in praise to His faithful God.

As Christians, you and I still serve, love, obey, and pray to the exact same God that David did thousands of years ago. Think about this truth for a moment. If God is just and faithful, and He does not change, then how in the world could we dare to believe that He would rescue and restore King David (one of His own) but not us? If we are praying to God and seeking His face, God hears us. While we cannot determine when He will answer or what He will say, we can know that He does hear and He does act. You and I must trust in God for His perfect timing, and believe with all of our hearts that He is in fact, good, trustworthy, and faithful (because He is). God has no favorites (Rom 2:11). He loves us all the same, and remember that Jesus died for the entire world because He loves mankind so much (John 3:16).

Be encouraged, beloved. Draw close to God and seek Him. And know that just as God delivered David, He will also deliver you. Blessings quickly follow after suffering has been surrendered to the Lord. To God be the glory!

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Dreams Do Come True: A Story of Encouragement with Jesus

No matter who you are or where you come from, everyone has the ability to dream. What do you dream about deep within your heart? As Christians, we have the honor and privilege to dream BIG with God. If you haven’t had a chance to read yesterday’s article (The Permission to Dream BIG with God”), you’ll want to check out that post (directly on our site) before diving into this one.

During a recent trip to Spain and France, some of my long held dreams finally became a reality. For me, these particular dreams began as a teenager. On lazy Saturday afternoons, I would prop myself up against my pillows and metal bed frame, with journal and pen in hand and the sound of the fan softly drumming away. I was dreaming of what my life could be, and my thoughts turned to Spain.

Like most 14 year old girls, I dreamt of romance, adventure, and beauty unlike anything that I could experience in my hometown, Atlanta, Georgia. I longed for a warm, salty breeze carried in from the Mediterranean sea, Spanish-style homes lining cobblestone roads, swaying to the sounds of Flamenco on the street, crimson wine sipped by the sea shore, and tropical flowers engulfing my every view.

As a young teen, these dreams seemed completely within reach. However, as time progressed and my fragile heart became calloused from life’s hardships, this dream became a long-lost memory and seemed more like a far-fetched fairytale.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

Can you relate? What did you dream of as a child? Or even as a young adult, before your imagination was restricted by cynicism from the broken world that we live in today?

May today’s post be used to awaken your own imaginations, to revive those dreams that were buried long ago (after feelings of defeat and despair from the trials of this life), and to surrender them to the Almighty.

Here is one scene that that I will never forget. A gentle breeze carried the strums of flamenco from the guitar straight into my soul. The evening was warm, and the last rays of the Spanish sun glimmered through a few leaves of giant palms. Flowers stained with bright violets and deep crimson cascaded down white-washed Spanish homes. There was a huge tree decorated with light purple buds, and small kittens playfully pounced on each another. This was my dream.

A few hours earlier, our afternoon was like a scene from a movie. As we prepared lunch with a Spanish chef and a French woman with Julia Child’s mannerisms, classical guitar and sunshine filled the kitchen. We snacked on goat cheese and fig jam (from their farm). While I relaxed on the back patio, plump olives marinated in garlic and lemon burst in my mouth with robust flavors. Just like a small child, I could swing in her back yard beside a giant lemon tree and stroll through the groves of almonds, olives, orange trees, and apricots. This was my dream.

Then there was the early morning stroll through a small public park right by the Mediterranean sea. A plethora of surprises awaited my heart, hand-crafted for me by the Father. A line of baby chicks greeted me from a small bush at the park entrance. Then came the butterflies and dragon flies, fluttering through the air around me while various birds chirped to a stunning melody. Suddenly, we came upon a peacock with gloriously long feathers studded with vibrant colors and oval shapes boldly strutting along the small path as though we weren’t even there. Two beautiful swans glided, along with the baby turtles, in sheer curiosity of who we were. As we approached a goat family, there was a lively bunny hopping to and fro. And wouldn’t you know, one little baby goat began nuzzling his sweet little nose to my finger, reminding me of  the Garden of Eden. This was my dream.

One night in particular I’ll never forget. As though God had not done enough already, He prompted us to go to an unknown restaurant located in a small village hanging on cliffs above the sea. As the Argentenean hostess guided us through the rounded corridor, she excitedly revealed that we’re stepping into the Secret Garden. My heart leapt. The place was lined with ivory candles, lemon and lime trees, flowers on trellises, and a small table with a crisp linen tablecloth that was awaiting us in the back. Never in my life have I experienced such romance. On the walk back home, with the stars looming above and the ocean breeze kissing my skin, Jesus began to speak. It was as if He was on my right side, while Keith was on my left with my hand firmly resting in his. Both of them were telling me how much they love me. Whoa. My mortal and eternal husband were wooing my heart under the Spanish night sky. This was my dream.

An Evening in Mijas, Spain

But, the truth is, that was no longer a dream; it had become my reality. Jesus granted me my dream in His way and in His timing. And He had provided it all. I could never have made any of those things happen. Nor could Keith.

“‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts’.” Isaiah 55:8-9  

Allow me to boast in Christ for a minute. Jesus is Kind. Jesus is interested in YOU. Jesus is Powerful. Jesus is Creative. Jesus is Lord. Jesus is EVERYTHING we could ever want in this life. Everything good is found in Him. He deserves your heart, beloved.

He is the One who longs to make your dreams come true in His timing and in His way. He knows best. You can trust Him with your deep desires and the things you dream for today. He’s faithful, good, true, and trustworthy.

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 

Jesus has caused me to fall deeper in love with Him because of His extravagant giving (once again).  Will you allow Him to be Lord over your dreams? And will you start dreaming again?

God is the safest, securest, most powerful, most brilliant, and most wise Person that we can ever share our hearts with. Do you know why? Because dreaming isn’t even about the dream; it’s about you and Him. I want to strongly encourage you to surrender your dreams to God – whatever they may be. Ask Him to purify them, to direct them, to guide you in pursuing them, and to allow your dreams to draw you closer to Him. You will never regret this decision.

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” Psalms 23: 1-3

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When God Provides for Us

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice n hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:2-5

Because it’s late, my eyes are droopy, but my heart is intrigued to write about an episode in my life that I’ll never forget.

For some of you, this will serve as a reminder that wherever you may be and whatever needs are in your life, God will provide.

Just as He provided for me, He will provide for you, beloved. 

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” Matthew 6:31-32

This story isn’t about the $50,000 that He provided for our missions team to go on an outreach trip in under 3 days. Nor is it about how He provided me with $1,400 from an unexpected tax return on the very day that I needed to depart Sydney on the last flight to Los Angeles (so that I could eventually meet my team in Mexico City). And this isn’t about how God provided a buyer for my house (which had been on the market for months during the “Great Recession”) just days before the bank would have turned it over because my own funds had run out.

God has provided for me on countless occasions, just as He will provide for you. Today’s simple post is a short reminder of one humble story that is seared into my mind for a lifetime.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1 

“The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalm 34:10 

While staring up at the Aussie sky on one mild evening , I asked God exactly how I would eat the next day. At that time, I was completing a Discipleship Training School with Youth With a Mission in Perth. Unlike my housemates, I didn’t have much food, but I knew that I’d need something before heading to my lectures the following morning. So I began inspecting the fruit hanging from our backyard fig tree, but to my dismay, they were all  hard and inedible. In a short, gentle, and undramatic prayer, I simply asked the Lord to provide before heading to bed.

The next morning, I made coffee from our communal stash and walked to the back patio to reflect. As the sun began peeking through the branches of our tree, I happened to notice something unusual. Walking closer,  I saw three plump, soft, and beautiful figs ready to be picked.

“If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 

Lord, that’s impossible! Last night none of these were even close to ripe; in fact, they all should have taken days to ripen. Right then I knew that the Lord had caused that fig tree to produce food so that I could have something good to eat (even when I had nothing).

And moments later, a housemate also brought in a beautiful seedy piece of bread that a bakery had donated (just for me)!

To many, this meager breakfast of figs and bread may seem small. But seeing God show up so tangibly when you’re hungry and in need is breathtakingly beautiful.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17 

Today I felt that God wants you to be reminded of this truth. God provides even when nothing seems possible. In my case, He caused figs to ripen in His timing and made them both sweet to my taste and nutritious for my body.

 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

As His children, God supplies exactly when we need it and in the way that we need it. When we trust Him with full hearts and openly cry out with our needs, He as our Loving Father delights in giving us good things. Look to Him, beloved. Look to Him. He will provide all that you are in need of today. He is faithful!

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