Waiting. It's something we all have to do. In fact, if we stop and think about it, the vast majority of our life is spent in one season of waiting or another. If we are not intentional, we can become so focused on what we are waiting for, that we miss the gift of the season we are in.
I first identified the need to embrace the wait while we were in the process of our first adoption. The wait to bring our son home was long - and hard - but oh so worth it. And one of the many things the Lord taught me during that wait was that living a life of perpetual longing could distract from the beauty of each moment.
God began to show me practical ways I could steward time well - ways I could be purposeful and cherish these seasons of waiting as the gift from God that they are! As He always is, His instruction was gracious and full of truth and love.
Last year, I released my first book, Don't Waste Your Wait: Embracing the Journey of Bringing Your Child Home. In it, I share some of our journey, and the things God taught us along the way. Today, I'm tackling 4 practical ways we can stewards the gift of time well - especially in seasons of waiting!
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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Anxiousness robs us of the ability to see the blessings around us. When we are anxiously awaiting the answer to a prayer, or the fulfillment of a promise from God, we are exchanging His perfect peace for the chaos of anxiety.
When we press in with prayers and petitions, we are choosing to embrace His peace - despite not having the answers yet. It is imperative to note that praying is not simply listing our complaints to our Heavenly Father. Prayer is bringing a burden before the throne - and leaving it there.
You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.
Friend, if there is one thing I want you to take away from this it's that we cannot become so in love with the dream that we lose sight of the dream Giver. When we worship His plans for us, they become idols instead of gifts.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
How can we hope when the answer for our prayers seems far off? How can we hope when we have waited for months, years, even decades for the fulfillment of a promise from God? By placing our hope in God Himself, instead of the answers and promises we are awaiting. The hope that anchors our very souls is unwavering, because it is placed in a Savior who is interceding on our behalf.
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
While we don't wallow in our wait, we can prepare for the promise ahead. The Word of God is full of encouragement to not lose heart, and continue doing good! Perhaps your preparation includes research, training, seeking wise counsel, preparing physical space, making adjustments to your schedule - whatever the case is, remember to work diligently, as unto God! Being diligent to prepare is a sign, and a strengthening, of our faith. (click to tweet!)
What are you waiting for? What encouragement could you offer someone in the midst of waiting? Do you feel like you are embracing your season of waiting, or fighting against it?
Here you will find the musings of a homeschooling, work from home, adoptive Momma of 7! Adventures in faith, family, adoption, and training up a tribe to follow hard after Jesus are spilled into these posts --- most often written with a cup of coffee in hand. I hope you'll stick around a while and find something - more likely SOMEONE! - that brings you hope!
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