Wednesday, February 1, 2017

While We Wait {3 Things We Can Do}

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about waiting on God and finding my hope in Him. I said my choice is to wait on Him, but I didn’t say it was easy.

Waiting sounds passive, but it’s not. Waiting does not mean doing nothing. {Tweet this}

Waiting on God is controlling my urge to take over. It’s letting go of my desire to know the details sooner, rather than later. It’s refraining from taking immediate action just because I think I know what’s best.

Waiting on God doesn’t mean we sit around letting life go by while we watch. We can still be active while we’re waiting.

*Three things we can do while we wait on God…

Spend time with Him.

This means we spend time in prayer, not only talking to God, but also listening for Him. That might be either a planned prayer time or a running conversation with Him throughout the day. Or perhaps it’s both scheduled time and an all-day discussion.

Tell Him everything on your mind—worries, concerns, fears, what’s keeping you up at night, and how you feel. He already knows what you’re struggling with, but taking it to Him helps us deal with it and starts the conversation. Ask for wisdom and guidance.

Don’t forget about silent time with God—time to listen and just focus on Him. Many times, I’m unable to see what He’s showing me until I stop talking and trying to think through my own solutions. Fortunately, God is patient and He’ll wait until I’ve worn myself out.

Acknowledge where you see God at work.

When we’re waiting for the big answers, it can be easy to overlook God’s work in other areas. Look for the small things that remind you He is with you. One time, when I was upset about several situations, I was reminded of His presence in new purple flowers on my African Violet plant that sits in my kitchen window. It doesn’t bloom often and He used it to get my attention.

When we look for Him, we will see Him at work. It might not be in the ways we’re hoping for at that moment, but seeing His hand in other ways shifts our focus from our problems to Him. Sometimes, I just need the reminder that He’s with me, and then I can breathe again.

Keep moving forward.

If we’re not moving forward, we grow stagnant. That’s not what we want, nor what God wants. We can still be active while we trust God and wait on Him.

What does that mean?

We do the next thing. We keep taking care of our families. Even when we can’t see what’s ahead, or what the future looks like, we don’t abandon what God has blessed us with. Love your family and friends. Spend time with those who encourage you and with those whom you can encourage. Be an example of what it looks like to walk in faith, trusting God with both what you can and cannot see.

Keep pursuing your interests. Maybe now isn’t the time to start that business or go back to school, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be time for it in the future. In the meantime, do what you can. Keep yourself active with hobbies and learning new things. Not only will it keep your mind active, it helps to distract from what you might be waiting for.

Keep dreaming. Despite what your days look like right now, life moves fast and seasons change. Don’t get stuck in the way things are right now. Although it may seem like a long time before circumstances will change, don’t lose hope. God is at work, and when the time is right, He will give you a glimpse of what He’s working on. {Tweet this}

In Christ,
Laura

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17 comments:

  1. We often think of waiting as passive, but it doesn’t have to be. I love all three of these: spend time with Him, acknowledge what He’s already doing, and don’t stop moving forward. Thanks, Laura!

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  2. I love this post, thank you so much for this reminder! I think the same thing goes with "rest" so many times we see "rest" as a passive but again it is just as active, because when we rest we trust and as we trust we wait! Love linking up with you on #tellhisstory

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  3. The faith it takes to believe in Him will be rewarded in the end. That is how it is designed. He will deliver the reward of eternal paradise with Him!

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  4. Such a great post! I especially love the "keep moving forward". I often get stuck while waiting for God to move. It's important we keep pressing towards our dreams/desires.

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  5. Especially encouraged by the exhortation to acknowledge where we ARE seeing God at work. If we let ourselves do this, there is so much to see and to be thankful for!

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  6. So appreciated this encouragement. "Waiting" is an action and often the most difficult of all actions. But as we wait on Him, we will be rewarded and moved forward in His time and in the best of ways! Blessings!

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  7. This is a great plan of action, Laura. I agree 100 percent: "Waiting does not mean doing nothing."

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  8. Aren't you glad He's in charge of the schedule? We'd rush stuff so much we'd never see the glory that comes from His patient hand working behind the scenes. -- Good tips, Laura, thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity today. ((hug))

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  9. "When we’re waiting for the big answers, it can be easy to overlook God’s work in other areas." This is so true!
    And He is working in so many ways all around us! Isn't it amazing how He takes care of all of nature without a single word of counsel from me?!! And He can take care of whatever situation I am waiting on Him for as well.
    May He forgive us for losing sight of that and for relapsing into doubt from time to time.
    I also like your definition of waiting on God (starting at "is controlling my urge to take over." Well written, clearly explained, and so true!

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  10. Waiting can become such a discouragement, but these 3 are encouraging. Thanks, Laura.

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  11. Such a good reminder, Laura! I'm SO not good at the waiting!! But you're absolutely right, we must keep moving, living, doing, being all that God calls us to in our everyday lives. There's a great deal of learning in the waiting. Thanks for sharing :) Stopping by from #FaithFilledFriday

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  12. Laura,

    Waiting is absolutely an active! It is often harder than the busyness of being active, at least to me. :) I think sometimes I forget to keep pursuing the gifts He has given me when I wait, though and I love that reminder!
    Thanks for sharing this at the #GraceMoments Link Up!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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  13. Laura, congrats on being featured at #faithnfriends AND #freshmarketfriday this week! I'm in a season of waiting, and your post speaks right to my wait.

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  14. So much biblical truth here Laura. Thank you for sharing these insightful tips. I am going through a painful period of waiting currently. I cannot see the big picture at the moment but I know that God will bring me through and put a new song in my heart. I ask for your prayers during this trying time. Thank you again for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours.

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  15. So much biblical truth here Laura. Thank you for sharing these insightful tips. I am going through a painful period of waiting currently. I cannot see the big picture at the moment but I know that God will bring me through and put a new song in my heart. I ask for your prayers during this trying time. Thank you again for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours.

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  16. Working and living while waiting...
    I love this. I appreciate that this was featured in many linkups today. This post is truly a blessing.
    God Bless Laura

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  17. Love your tips Laura! We all have to wait some times in life and I love your encouragement, God is still working it out on our behalf. It might not be what we had planned, it will be even better!
    #FreshMarketFriday

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!