Introduction to Waiting

Introduction to Waiting

 Introduction to Waiting I came into this world with an inherent dislike for waiting! When tired of lying in bed and no one appeared to know that I wanted attention, I learned to cry until I received that attention. Then if my mother became involved with her daily activities and my feeding time was a bit late, I cried to get her attention. I loved sitting in her lap, taking nourishment from her breast while she smoothed my hair or patted me and told me how much she loved me. Soon I was so relaxed I went to sleep. Being her …

Waiting Becomes a Reality

Waiting Becomes a Reality

      Waiting Becomes A Reality   The Psalmist wrote that “sons are a heritage of the Lord, and children are a reward from Him; like arrows in the hands of a warrior, are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed in the man whose quiver is full of them.” Psalm 127:3-5. My parents were not familiar with that promise, but I did not wait long for a baby sister to share my parent’s attention. When I was barely eighteen months old, my sister Helen was born on December 24,1919. Her arrival caused some changes: first I must relinquish sleeping with my …

Waiting Then and Now

Waiting Then and Now

      Waiting Then and Now     At age ninety-nine plus again I am dependent on others for many of my needs. I’m thankful I can care for personal grooming, make my bed, spend many hours writing, and then put my thoughts into my computer. Though many years have passed since I was a dependent little girl, still I am trying to learn the importance of waiting and this verse gives me courage: Count it all joy, when you meet trials of various kinds: for the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. Then James adds: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast …

I’m A Slow Learner

I’m A Slow Learner

      I’m a Slow Learner   Though I have found it necessary to wait from birth until almost 100 years of age, I’m still learning to wait patiently.  God is allowing me some difficult circumstances in life through which I must wait. When my husband was drafted to serve in the army, I did my share of waiting: waiting to see where he would receive basic training; where he would be stationed; and when shipped oversea, that was a long wait to hear from him; then the twenty-six months over sea was a very long wait. There was waiting involved each time we adopted one …

Importance of Waiting

Importance of Waiting

      Importance of Waiting           God’s timing is perfect always! And when we become tired waiting and run ahead of His plan, we will face disappointment and trouble. I admit it is difficult to pray and wait for God to come to our rescue when we see no visible evidence of His answer to our prayer. But this is where faith is necessary: remember faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Also we need to remember that  “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Sometimes it is …

Waiting Patiently Will Be Rewarded

Waiting Patiently Will Be Rewarded

      Waiting Patiently will be Rewarded   I believe waiting patiently is about the same as perseverance. And I like to think of perseverance as finishing something we begin. Perhaps salvation is one of the best examples. Even though true salvation can’t be lost; it will take perseverance to fight the devil and live the kind of life God intends. I will be glad if before God calls me home, I can truthfully say I count it all joy when faced with trials of different kinds: because the testing of my faith produces perseverance. During the past two years I …

Things Don’t Bring Contentment

Things Don’t Bring Contentment

    Monetary Things Don’t Bring Contentment     I have lived almost 100 years and seen electricity replace oil lamps, furnish refrigeration to preserve our food, power to wash our clothing, and to operate many other appliances which make our lives easier. Automobiles, trains, and airplanes have replaced the horse drawn buggy and wagon of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Then there came telephone, radio, television, and we marveled that we could receive messages and programs world wide. And I never dreamed during my lifetime I would be typing on a computer. With these and many other inventions, and …

Contentment Not Found in Success

Contentment Not Found in Success

  Contentment not Found in Success       Contentment is possible or Paul would not have advocated it. He wrote,” But godliness with contentment is great gain: for we brought nothing into this world and it is certain that we will take nothing out. And having food and clothing, let us be content. But they who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare. and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men into destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” 1Timothy 6: 6-10a. It appears if one has the essentials …

Contentment is a Condition of the Heart

Contentment is a Condition of the Heart

    Contentment is a Condition of the Heart     Paul was a man who knew the meaning of contentment, but he did not learn it overnight. While in prison, or his rented house at Rome, he wrote these words, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation; whether well-fed or hungry; whether living in plenty or in need, I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” Philippians 4: 12-13. Paul was a wise man when …

Am I Wired for Contentment?

Am I Wired for Contentment?

    Am I Wired for Contentment?     At almost 100, sometimes I wonder if I shall ever reach the age when I will not have one more goal to achieve or one more project to complete before my life is over on earth. Is that wrong? Is my ambition misdirected? During my current inabilities is God trying to teach me the importance of resting in His arms of love and enjoying His presence? I’m not sure that I know the answers to those questions, but I believe my Father wants me to be faithful to the end and will give me …

Contentment Isn’t Mere Inactivity

Contentment Isn’t Mere Inactivity

    Contentment isn’t Mere Inactivity     Some have the misconception that elderly people are feeble individuals who exist from day to day waiting for the Death Angel to knock at their doors. That they arise in the morning, and if capable get dressed for the day, eat a light breakfast, then watch television until about eleven-thirty when a van comes to take them to the senior adult center for lunch and to play bingo and dominoes. Then about two o’clock the bus comes to take them home where they takes naps and then watches more television, eat a bowl of cereal and go to bed. What …

Laziness or Contentment

Laziness or Contentment

    Laziness or Contentment     I remember when my husband and I were planning to take early retirement because of my parents’ failing health, I had no idea of the plans God still had for my life. But God knew and equipped me to serve in some interesting and challenging ways. I’d spent thirty-two years in the teaching profession and have spent almost thirty-six years serving in other ways. Some may consider retirement as the time to take life easy; many however, feel as I now feel: that it is a time to perform other activities God has planned …