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Wait!

 

 

No ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you who works for those who wait for him.

Isaiah 64:4

One of my daughter's favorite words is "wait"  She says it all the time at random moments, and most of the time we are not sure what we are waiting for. The word "wait" can just suddenly burst from her mouth.  God has called me to wait so many times, there are areas in my life that I'm still waiting on. It use to feel like a random, harsh word from him, but now I am seeing that when God calls me to wait it is because He is working for me in ways that are amazing and undeniably beautiful. I may not be able to see all that he is doing or hear about his handiwork at the time, but when I am able to wait on him, the end result is incredible. When I am able to wait and listen to his gentle, soothiing voice, the reward is far beyond anything imaginable.

Is there something you are waiting for? Does it feel like it's never going to happen? Does God keep repeating the word "wait"? Is he prodding you to rest in his wait and enjoy this very moment, while he works for you? What is the promise you are waiting for? Do not let impatience knock at your door, just wait and watch for the timing of your God.

 

His Promise

 

 

 

 

 

Look, I've written your names on the backs of my hands. The walls you're rebuilding are never out of my sight.  Your builders are faster than your wreckers. The demolition crews are gone for good. Look up, look around, look well! See them all gathering, coming to you?  As sure as I am the living God-God's Decree- you're going to use them to dress up like so much jewelry, you're going to use them to dress up like a bride. And your ruined land? Your devasted, decimated land?  Filled with more people than you know what to do with!  And your barbarian enemies a fading memory. "It's getting too crowded in here, I need room" and you'll say to yourself, "Where on earth did these children come from?"

Isaiah 49:18-21

I've been reading through the Bible this year and with each day it has been beautiful to me to see the numerous promises from God. I love the one above. I love that He has my name on His hand, a permanent tatoo. I love that He sees the good in my life and He knows all about a life that needs to be rebuilt. The days that I feel weak and I think that it's all for nothing is a lie, for my builders, which is the strength of Jesus, is much stronger then the weakness. He sends away all the demolition crews and clears the areas of my life for freedom, life and boldness. He continually is bringing me into new lands where the enemy fades and the family of life gathers around me to rejoice!

This is your promise too! Are you building new walls of strength and light? Are you bringing in new family that gathers around you with love and hope? Is your strength gaining and your beauty blossoming?  God is dressing you up in His light today, are you looking around in wonder?

Your name is on His hand, forever.

 

Heart Talk

God, you did everything you promised, and I'm thanking you with all my heart. 

Psalms 56:12

My week has been one of thanking God for bringing His promises together for me and for our family.  I've spent some time recounting all that He has done for my heart, and the words He has so graciously spoken over my life, and my heart has been full of thankfullness towards Him. 

What is God saying to your heart today? What are the promises He has fulfilled for you, and how are you expressing your thankfullness to Him today? How is He expanding your heart?

He has challenged my heart to look deeper this week, to stand firmer, and to be resolute in all that I know of what is true. He has reminded me to be true to who I am, and not cave in to what I perceive others might be thinking. He has confirmed over and over again that I hear His voice and my heart beats with His.

How does He speak to your heart?

Blessed is the Man

Praise the Lord! How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.

Psalms 112:1-3

Psalms 112 has been my favorite chapter this week. It's full of promises, very rich promises.  Blessed is the man, and the woman, who fear God. For believers of God to fear Him is to have a great reverence for Him. In Proverbs 1:7 it says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.  When we begin to understand who God is and develop a reverence for Him, we begin to develop wisdom. Therefore, someone that truely fears the Lord delights in His commandments because he has grown in reverence and wisdom.

When I come before my God with great reverence, I develop wisdom. I delight in the gift of His commandments for me, and teach them to my children, they in turn become mighty on the earth because they, too fear the Lord. They teach their children ,who grow up to be upright and blessed. Our hearts, Spirits, and lives are rich and there is laughter within our homes. There is a legacy of right doing that endures forever.

And, the Lord is praised, again and again!

This is my prayer, what about you?

 

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