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Waiting for a Season

This post from last year is a great reminder (for me personally) that God’s timing is ultimately the best – even if it means that we must wait much longer for His promises to transpire than what we expect. May you be encouraged today, beloved. He is faithful!

“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:4

Have you ever casually been driving in your car, only to slam on your brakes suddenly because of unexpected roadwork? Or maybe the traffic light had just turned from yellow to red while you were approaching the intersection? Many of us can relate to the feelings of frustration, the sweaty palms, the spastic heart rate, and that sigh of relief that arise from narrowly missing the car ahead.

Yet regardless of the reason, we are stopped.

Our journey is delayed. Or so we think.

Waiting for God is hard. We want to follow Him and seek His direction while at the same time keeping our foot firmly on the gas pedal. We want to go, while He wants us to stop.

Yesterday I came to a new conclusion about my faith in God.

I expect Him to be patient with me (because He’s love and love is patient), but I don’t always feel the need to reciprocate the effort.

Recently, I began badgering God about how His timing (and forcing me to wait) is causing me to suffer, yet I had never realized that I caused Him pain simply by not believing enough in Him (by deliberately choosing not to trust).

“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” Psalm 25:4-5

I am the one who’s been selfish and arrogant, not God. Who was I to think that I could actually help God? That I could move things along by speeding up His pace so I could enjoy what He promised? What foolishness to try and manipulate God, yet I did it. We as humans are the ones who make a mess of our lives, not God.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

We’ll always settle for mediocre if we’re not willing to wait for His best.

I haven’t given God the space to be God, nor thought enough of Him to allow Him to be God.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27

I’ve been rushing to get my foot back on the gas and push through the delay. What I did not realize was that if He’s caused me to stop and wait, then it must be for my own good. This red traffic light is actually His way of protecting me and preparing me for what lies ahead.

Waiting on God is choosing to be intentionally patient with Him. It’s giving Him space to be God and to perform wonderful acts in our lives. And it is tremendously wise to do so.

King David waited years before He became the King of Israel, even after God had faithfully spoken this promise to Him.

Sarah waited decades before she received the son God promised to her (which then became the blessed nation of Israel).

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

God always delivered. He always provided at the exact time that was best for the individual. If God has made a promise to you, remain firm in what He’s told you. He is faithful, beloved.

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 119:18

In His goodness, He will not only prepare the circumstances (so they will be the absolute best), but He will prepare your heart to fully receive (and appreciate) what He has promised to you. He’s just that good.

“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:13-14 

Thank you for choosing His Daily Dose today! To God be the glory!

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Claiming the Unseen

Believing in the unseen is not an easy task for us humans. In fact, God designed us with the gift of physical sight so that we can assess our surroundings and respond to external stimuli.

Let’s take a look at the following scenario below:

While enjoying a brisk morning walk through a local park, imagine that you begin to notice something large and colorful slithering along the pathway ahead of you. This immediately registers in your brain as something dangerous, causing your pupils to dilate in order to see the object more clearly.

Like a dam with broken gates, your adrenal glands begin the “fight or flight” response by pushing out epinephrine. Your heart rate is high, and blood is quickly pooling into your muscles as you prepare to dash away from that vicious reptile as fast as you can.

This example showcases how we, as humans, are created to make decisions based on what we can physically see.

Now, how about when God speaks, but there’s no tangible evidence to support what He’s clearly telling you?

Nothing to stimulate your physical receptors – you can’t see, touch, smell, or taste what He is instructing you to do or promising will come your way.

Like a spouse. Or a job. Maybe a ministerial calling. Perhaps even physical healing in your own body. Or an unborn child.

How then are we to respond when God is clearly speaking, but we are NOT clearly seeing?

Trust in Him. And wait for Him to move.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

We have to stop looking for the supernatural with the natural.

We can’t expect to immediately see what God is spiritually speaking. I personally find this very challenging – to not only believe (and hope) in what God is telling me is true, but also to wait in patience for His perfect timing to arrive.

And this is where I am today. I’m waiting for several promises to be delivered. Perhaps you are as well.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word, I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for morning, more than watchmen wait for morning.” Psalm 130:5-6

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”Romans 1:17

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

This is faith, beloved. It’s clinging to what we hope for and expectantly waiting for that which remains unseen.

What I find most profound about this entire experience is that it actually has NOTHING to do with what I’m waiting for. It is actually about how I am seeing God in the process.

“Am I really perceiving Him as a good God who is truly for my good?”

“Am I truly believing that He is actually in control and doesn’t need my personal contributions (to speed up the process)?”

“Do I truly trust that He will take care of me and not make a mess out of my life?”

These are real questions that many of us have. And these are the ones that carry weight in God’s heart.

He wants us to know Him as He truly is. For many of us as His children, this will include walking into unfamiliar territory in order to grow in full dependence on Him with our lives.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. ” Hebrews 11:6

May you be encouraged and challenged (just as I am) by the following Scripture provided by the Lord to me this morning:

“My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” Psalm 131

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Unplugging the Drain: A Refresher on Avoiding Distractions

Have you ever woken up in the morning and tried to take a shower, only to notice that the drain is clogged? The water will not flow because a clump of hair or some nasty gunk is creating unnecessary blockage.

This morning, my overly-busy schedule, which is inundated with important meetings, deadlines, and acts of service, is reminding me of that slow moving drain. My time and energy are not free to invest in my most important relationships, which should really be my top priorities.

Life has a way of doing this at times, beloved. We become so busy and distracted that we lose sight of what is most important to us. May you all be encouraged (just as I have been today) to reassess where your time is spent and how to truly living our lives for the glory of God.

Let’s unplug the drain today so that we can “slow down and remember our priorities“.

“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth’.” Psalms 46:10 

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

For that reason, I’ve been grateful for brief delays. Over the past few days, God has taught me to stop and evaluateYou might be asking, “Evaluate what?”

Evaluate my priorities. Evaluate how well I am investing into the people and things that matter the most to me, even when I’m stretched in a million different directions. Is my time spent balanced among the priorities that are closest to my heart?

Let’s take a quick look at the priorities that the Lord and I have set together. I encourage you to do the same, beloved.

1My relationship with Jesus. My time spent with Him is the most valuable appointment in my planner. He alone is my irreplaceable, eternal husband. And He’s my lifeline for the day because He keeps me together.

“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5

2My husband, Keith. Keith is the most important mortal being I have in my life. Why? Because God entrusted His adopted son, Keith, to me as my husband. Therefore, it is my God-given responsibility to love him well, to respect him, and to honor him according to the scriptures, all of which please God’s heart. Any of you married folks out there know that if you want the highest-quality marriage possible, it’s going to take some serious time and effort. No joke. Marriage is a full-time ministry.  

“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body of which He is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” Ephesians 5:22-24

“Her husband has full confidence in her  and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:11-12 

3. My Role as a Wife and Future Mother. As a wife, I believe that God has asked me to steward our home well in preparing it as a place of refuge for Keith and I. In addition, it often serves as a place of ministry to others. Therefore, to me it’s important to maintain clean rooms, cultivate sweet aromas (from sources like a freshly baked loaf of bread), fresh flowers showcasing His beauty, and play worship music. By doing so, I can nurture my family by providing healthy meals, and encouragement through God’s word. In the future this will include looking after our children. But make no mistake: I’ll let the house get messy if it’s a matter of choosing between spending time with Jesus and/or Keith in comparison to spending time cleaning, since those are my top two priorities. And I do not strive for perfection (since this is impossible), beloved. I just want a place where Christ is always revered (which is still very much attainable with a messy kitchen, I might add).  

“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27 

4. Ministry. Any God-given work that the Lord has entrusted me to do must come after my relationship with Jesus and my family – whether it is counseling, consulting clients, mentoring, writing, praying, encouraging, discipleship, listening, or just loving others. Why? Because before I was married, one of our pastors shared this incredible nugget of wisdom: “Always remember there is no covenant in ministry; there is only a covenant in marriage. So make sure your marriage ALWAYS comes first.” Wow. I’m not talking about Keith being more important than God (because that is not true). But I am talking about God caring enough about the covenant of marriage that He instituted (which represents the relationship between Jesus and the church) to prevent any ministry from throwing this sacred marriage off kilter. In addition, for clarity-sake I will also state that good self-care, and investing in close friendships remains equally important to me as managing the work God has entrusted into my care. Stewarding relationships with others (and myself) is vital for the thread work of my life. 

“For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” 1 Timothy 3:5

“Be imitators of God, therefore as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-3

5. Work and Education. These are very important to me. I have BIG dreams, many of which have come from the Lord, that only He can fulfill. However, they are not my most important priorities in life. I understand that by seeking God first and His kingdom, everything else will be freely given. Often times, when the demands of work and education take over our lives, they become the first priority while everything else suffers. In this place, deriving a false sense of self-worth, value, or purpose is easy to do. Work is important and is certainly a  means to create income and provision, but it must not precede our relationship with Christ nor should it ever come before a marital covenant.

If you haven’t taken the time to evaluate how you spend your time in relation to your priorities, then I encourage you to do so, beloved. This will bring you great freedom to enjoy a life that is purposeful and well-lived. And it will look different for many of us depending on the season of our lives.

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

Invest in what matters the most to you. Our time is limited, and we must make the most of every opportunity (even when our schedules seem clogged).

“Be very careful, then how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”  Ephesians 5:15-17

 

 

 

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