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Waiting Well

        JAMES 5:7–11 “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as …

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Operating on God’s Time Table

    We are introduced to Noah in when he is 500 years old as God shared with him his intentions and his instructions. Genesis 6:13-14 “I have decided to put an end to every creature, for the earth is filled with wickedness … Make yourself an ark of gopher wood.”  (CSB) Notice in Genesis 6 – 8, Noah must operate on God’s time table. God gives verbal commands “Build,” “Enter,” and “Exit.”  Noah must wait on God for further instructions. Perhaps the construction project took 100 years!  They entered the ark and waited 7 days before the rain started. …

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Patience Is A Virture?

        Have you ever waited on something to happen or someone to make a move, but neither happened? How long did you wait? While you were waiting, what did you do? So many think that God’s not listening. That He doesn’t care that you’re suffering, worrying. If you think this, then you don’t know God. He’s a God of miracles, of last minute breakthroughs. Persevere through the hard times but keep this in mind. God sees you and is with you. It’s up to you to acknowledge this truth. Proverbs 15:18 – “A hot-tempered person stirs up …

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Waiting With A Purpose

  i’ve heard, “just enjoy where you are” a million times. sometimes in-between where you are, and where you want to be can feel like an endless waiting room. when i’m down in the dumps, the “Christian answer” would be that i always pray or open my Bible. sadly, this is not always my response. i have a Pinterest board filled with thousands of pins of positive quotes. i scroll relentlessly until i find “the one”. i want to read something that makes me feel better.  i don’t want to dwell on where i am- i’d rather fixate on where …

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Waiting

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15 NAB   Waiting There’s beauty in the waiting. Wherever you are in life, chances are you’re waiting for something. Waiting can be arduous but it can also be fruitful. When we acknowledge that God’s timing is perfect, our waiting takes on a whole new meaning. Waiting is not a waste of time. In fact, through waiting, God may be preparing you for what’s ahead. We have such a limited perspective …

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You Can’t Hurry God, You Just Have to Wait

      “Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with Him to come to his house and heal his little girl” (Luke 8:41-42).   Jairus was desperate and we are told that he repeatedly begged Jesus.  If there ever was a time for Jesus to hurry, perhaps getting to Jairus’ house was one of them.  However, Jesus agreed to Jairus’ request so they set out toward his home. While pressing through the crowd, Jairus’ request was delayed by the interruption of a courageous and desperate woman who also needed healing.  Time was not a factor …

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Trust in His Timing

        Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Waiting is one of the most difficult things we humans do. We wait in line at the store, we wait for that package that we ordered, we wait in hospital waiting rooms, we wait in line for coffee with no problem but always have a problem with waiting on the Lord. We must wait on the Lord and let His divine power manifest in our life. When we start to doubt that can hinder our prayers from being answered …

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The Hope

We went to visit my aunt yesterday. She is so ready to go home from rehab. She was sure she was going home today. While we were there, she was convinced that surely tomorrow would be the day. After we left, I got the message that Thursday would be her day. She will be living, hoping and waiting for Thursday. Scripture comes to mind – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when longing is fulfilled, it is a tree of life. I get it don’t you? Sometimes we can so focus on what’s going on around us that we …

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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 …

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Job: Another Man Who Waited on God

      Job, Another Man Who Waited on God   Perhaps we have heard of the patience of Job, but I believe he learned patience through his suffering and hardships. Many years later Paul wrote, “Let us also rejoice in sufferings: because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character, and character produces hope that does not disappoint us: because God has poured out His love in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given.” Romans 5: 4. If we read the book of Job, we find that because at Satan’s suggestion to God, Job lost all …

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Lord, Help Me Be a Better Waiter

    Lord, Help Me Be A Better Waiter   “For who hopes for what she sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And He who searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Romans 8: 24-27   I am ashamed to write …

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God’s Purpose in Our Waiting

      God’s Purpose in our Waiting The Psalmist tells us in Psalm Ninety that a thousand years are as a day in God’s sight,  yesterday as a watch in the night when past; therefore, we should number our days and gain a  heart of wisdom.  So it appears if we use waiting properly, we will gain wisdom. Long ago Micah 7: 7 wrote,” Therefore, I look unto the Lord; I wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.” According to this promise, if we continue praying and believing, God will hear and answer our prayers and bring …