Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Waiting (patiently)

I've been reading the well known devotional, Streams in the Desert, this year. And as I've long been in a season of waiting for writing and book related matters, I thought today's entry was very appropriate and wanted to share some of it here. It's a timely reminder for me. For anyone else who finds themselves in a season of waiting ... selah.

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7
Patience eliminates worry. The Lord said He would come, and His promise is equal to His presence. 
Patience eliminates weeping. Why feel sad and discouraged? He knows your needs better than you do, and His purpose in waiting is to receive more glory through it. 

Patience eliminates self-works. "The work of God is this: to believe" (John 6:29), and once you believe, you may know all is well. 

Patience eliminates all want. Perhaps your desire to receive what you want is stronger than your desire for the will of God to be fulfilled. 

Patience eliminates all weakness. Instead of thinking of waiting as being wasted time, realize that God is preparing His resources and strengthening you as well.

Patience eliminates all wobbling. God's foundations are steady, and when we have His patience within, we are steady while we wait. 

Patience yields worship. Sometimes the best part of praiseful waiting is experiencing "great endurance and patience... joyfully" (Col. 1:11).
While you wait, "let patience have her perfect work" (James 1:4), and you will be greatly enriched.

WAIT FOR IT....
 photo credit: child by Leszek.Leszczynski; 
waiting dog by tinou bao; 
dog with cookie by trazomfreak. 
All via Flickr Creative Commons.

5 comments:

  1. Thank you, Lori! This spoke volumes to my waiting heart today.

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  2. Thank you, Lori. This is just what I needed to read today!

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  3. Karen & Brenda, I knew I couldn't be the only one. :)

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  4. Hi Lori, I'm a fellow Bookie and have seen your name around the blogosphere. I thought I'd come say hi, and then I read this convicting post. Wow, what great reminders. Thank you so much for sharing! ~ From a fellow waiter. :)

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    1. Hi fellow waiter. :) I've seen your name on some of the blogs I visit too. Thanks for coming by mine. Are you thinking of attending the Bookie retreat in the fall?

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