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While I'm busy pounding away at the keyboard on my latest project, The Sound of Forgiveness, my team has pulled a post from the Archives specifically for your Saturday morning. And don't forget to pop over to my Facebook page and check out the latest sale on My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife, and the fun giveaway we're having for its sequel, My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife. Hurry! The giveaway ends Tuesday.

In the meantime, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this post originally written in 2011. I love God's timeless Word and I pray that you hear from Him today.

 


 

Have you ever waited for God to work?

You're expecting, you're counting, you're hoping, you're.... waiting.

And the longer you wait, the more anxious you become? Or maybe the more perplexed? Or confused? Or discouraged?

Have you ever waited for God to work?

And yet, isn't God working all the time? For even when His hand is not obvious, isn't His Hand still on it?

Know what I mean?

He's got it. He's on it. He's working.

We just can't see it.

We're like the child who can't wait to open the beautiful wrapped gift sitting in front of him.

But it's not time.

And so we wait.

And we fidget and we get up and walk around, and we sigh loudly, or complain quietly.

That the waiting is taking too long.

Waiting makes us feel...unsettled.

I don't like to feel unsettled.

Limbo is not the address I wish to post on my Christmas cards this year.

But I think about some other folks who felt unsettled... and they got to feel that way for 40 years. And they sighed loudly, and they complained softly (and sometimes not so softly) and yet...

God was still in control.

Still in charge.

Still with a plan.

I think God uses our unsettled-ness to focus our attention. I'm doing a personal study of Hebrews this month and over and over, the author reminds us of God's sovereignty. And Jesus's gift. And God's plan for us all.

So we wait... for the things spoken, and unspoken. With hearts yearning for hope and spirits hoping for peace.

And let the unsettled feelings come.

Because regardless of how long we'll continue to wait...

There is one foundation we can rest our unsettled heads.

The Lord is my rock, 

my fortress, and my deliverer, 

my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, 

my shield  and the horn of my salvation, 

my stronghold. 

~ Psalm 18:2

Faith in the midst of uncertainty reminds us what faith means in the first place.

 

 

 

When Disappointment Dares

Disappointment came and visited my heart last night and I wasn't exactly glad to see him.

Something I hoped for, something I prayed for, something I looked forward to happening...

Won't. 

Ever been there?

Sounds so final, doesn't it? So unhappily ever after. Not what was wanted. Not what was asked for. Like a Christmas present wrapped up with beautiful paper and pristine bows - only to reveal an empty box.

When your dreams get squashed...

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When your requests are denied...

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When your prayers go unanswered...

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It's tempting to  lay down like a toddler demanding our way through cries and flailing fists.

Or we can wipe our puffy eyes, stand up once more, and continue trusting that He is there.

 

It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. Jesus has entered there on our behalf... 

We can still hope in the blessing unfulfilled because the ultimate blessing has already happened.

 

Some reminders of hope for your soul and for mine on this second to last day of 2013:

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." ~ 1 Peter 5:7

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fallinto the heart of the sea, though the watesr roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." ~Psalm 46:1-3

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." ~John 16:33

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." ~ Isaiah 41:10

"I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me." ~ Psalm 120:1

 

Let me repeat what has already been stated...

We can still hope in the blessing unfulfilled because the ultimate blessing has already happened. And I am so thankful for Him. 

"In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man cannot discover anything that will come after him." ~ Ecclesiastes 7:14

Selah.

Finding peace despite the crazy

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 Got peace?

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Well, do you? Do you have peace today?

Sounds a little like the milk commercial we've all come to know, doesn't it? Except I think most of us are less likely to scoff at the dairy product than we might at this question.

I'll admit that it seems harder and harder to see peace anywhere, especially when you read or watch the news.

There's not a whole lot of peace going on. I won't write out the list of everything not right in the world today - pick up your newspaper or turn on the radio this morning and you'll hear enough for yourself.

This morning, I studied Isaiah 26:3. Check out what it says (in the Holman Christian Standard Bible version):

"You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You."

My first thought: Easier said than done. My second - wow, wouldn't perfect peace be nice?

Unsettled

Unsettled

Have you ever waited for God to work?

You're expecting, you're counting, you're hoping, you're.... waiting.

And the longer you wait, the more anxious you become? Or maybe the more perplexed? Or confused? Or discouraged?

Have you ever waited for God to work?

And yet, isn't God working all the time? For even when His hand is not obvious, isn't His Hand still on it?

Know what I mean?

He's got it. He's on it. He's working.

We just can't see it.

We're like the child who can't wait to open the beautiful wrapped gift sitting in front of him.

But it's not time.

And so we wait.

And we fidget and we get up and walk around, and we sigh loudly, or complain quietly.

That the waiting is taking too long.

Waiting makes us feel...unsettled.

I don't like to feel unsettled.

Limbo is not the address I wish to post on my Christmas cards this year.

But I think about some other folks who felt unsettled... and they got to feel that way for 40 years. And they sighed loudly, and they complained softly (and sometimes not so softly) and yet...

God was still in control.

Still in charge.

Still with a plan.

I think God uses our unsettled-ness to focus our attention. I'm doing a personal study of Hebrews this month and over and over, the author reminds us of God's sovereignty. And Jesus's gift. And God's plan for us all.

So we wait... for the things spoken, and unspoken. With hearts yearning for hope and spirits hoping for peace.

And let the unsettled feelings come.

Because regardless of how long we'll continue to wait...

There is one foundation we can rest our unsettled heads.

The Lord is my rock, 

my fortress, and my deliverer, 

my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, 

my shield  and the horn of my salvation, 

my stronghold. 

~ Psalm 18:2

 

 

Faith in the midst of uncertainty reminds us what faith means in the first place.

 

 

 

Distractions of Deployment

I've been thinking about writing this post for a while now (you know, in the month and a half I haven't updated) but for whatever reason am just now sitting down at the keyboard to do it.

If you keep up with me on Facebook, you know my husband has been on a TDY and we still have some time to go. This experience has been different from our last deployment, probably for the better in most ways. There is something unsettling when half of you is 9 hrs ahead - not so bad when he's only 2 hrs behind.

Seeing God Through the Tough Times

One of the toughest times for a military wife is the season of deployment. I don't care how strong your faith is, how deep your relationship with God has become - you will have moments of despair, feelings of hopelessness and silent prayers that things were not the way they were.

Finding Favor in the Rain

I really did not want to blog this morning. I have tried to blog several times over the last month or so but the words just don't come out right. I want to inspire and motivate my readers, not bring you down, but the truth is that the past few months it's been harder and harder to keep the mantle of inspiration and encouragement on.

This morning I woke up to more rain. Like much of the country, Nashville has been getting downpours recently, and we may have to change our name from Music City to Noah's City if the weather continues like this!

I got ready and made my way upstairs to the office and sat down at my desk only to hear the sound of hard showers on my roof and at my window. And I sighed. Not a happy sigh, either. A "why does it have to keep raining" sigh. And then I realized I wasn't just thinking about the weather.

I felt God directing me to do a word search on Bible Gateway on rain. And here's the verse he led me to.

Proverbs 16:15 – When a king’s face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.

Favor like rain clouds? Really, God? That's a hard one. Because I don't like getting wet when I'm not dressed for the beach or a pool party. I don't like driving in rain because I always worry I'm going to hydroplane and wreck my car. And I don't like how rain cancels out the fun - playing outside, going to baseball games, even cooking on the grill. Not as great when you're having to do it under an umbrella.

Favor. A rain cloud in spring.

Now that I think about it, it's true the grass has never been greener (or higher, for that matter). The flowers are definitely enjoying their bath, albeit a longer soak than they probably needed. And there's certainly something fun about having a movie night in with the family.

But what about the rain that's been coming down in my life, God? In my family's life? Is that really favor? Because it feels more like frustration. It feels a lot like getting wet, getting soaked some days, with no dry towel to be found.

We have been waiting a lot lately. Waiting for answers. Waiting for checks to arrive. Waiting for something to happen. With no umbrella over our heads.

I was reminded a while back when I was going through the Beth Moore Esther study to stop waiting on the thing and instead, wait on God. I've tried doing that, but the rain, er, the waiting, has been getting to me. Maybe Noah's wife felt like this too. Can you imagine being crammed into a boat with all of those smelly, noisy animals and critters, peeking your face out to the sky through a tiny window and seeing nothing but rain drops? For 40 days?

And worse, peeking your head out and seeing the blue sky finally appear from behind the dark clouds, only to be told by your husband that you can't leave yet because the water is still too high?

Favor? A rain cloud in spring?

We have seen God's hand of protection and His provision during these last 10 months. We have seen our marriage strengthened despite the trials we've encountered. We do see the opportunities on the horizon. Though they still remain farther out than we'd like, nevertheless, they are God's promise that He hasn't forgotten about us.

And maybe that's the favor that comes with the rain clouds in spring. Because only after the storms pass, does the growth take place. The growth isn't always pretty - weeds can spring up with the blooms. More care is often needed after the showers leave. Clean up is required.

But without the struggles, we'd never see God's promises come to life. We'd forget the favor He bestows on us each and every day, in ways great and small. And He does give us favor - through a supportive friend, an encouraging phone call, a loving hug from a precious child.

Without the rain, we would never see the rainbows.

God, show me your favor today in the rain.