Learning to Wait



Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…

Psalm 37:7


“If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people” – Charles Spurgeon

I admit it, I lament over the fact that when trials arrive I have to be taught another lesson on patience. You would think that over time I would have mastered this ability and could wield it like a superpower. But I seem to do an amazing job…in spurts. The spurt ends when I’ve attempted to second-guess God and assume that perfect timing has passed me by.

Lord, give me the strength to wait, to trust, and obey. – In Your Holy Name, Amen


You Will Arrive Safely



By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

Hebrews 11:8


I and two other close friends have been on a journey for the last 7 years. The road has been fraught with financial hardships, health issues, and a range trials. When we set out on this path we had a clear direction we were headed. In the midst, God threw us all a curve ball we didn’t see coming. But we have stuck to the path. Many times when we are called to do something and it fails we count it as a loss and move on. But if you’ve been called, shouldn’t you stay the course? God’s calling may include some rough seas, stay the course and He will safely guide you to the goal He has set before you!

The Valley…



Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.

Luke 5:10


It seems counter-intuitive to “rejoice” while you’re spending time in the valley of suffering, but there is wisdom in these words. There is a verse that says, “God is light; in him, there is no darkness at all.” God’s goals for your life is 100% good! Being aware of that we can enter into trials knowing that major spiritual growth is going to happen and that we will come through them in one piece.

Jesus is Near



I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.

Psalm 16:7


I don’t know about you, but most of the time I picture God being far off in heaven, sometimes drawing near when we’re in distress, then zooming back to His throne. Yah, it does sound rather strange. What if the kingdom of heaven was all around us, unseen, and Jesus was actually standing next to us when we were going through trials? I believe that’s closer to the truth than my shallow version. When trouble comes, and it will, Jesus is near; giving you the strength; holding you up; helping you get through it!

A Hardened Heart



O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you? You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.

Psalms 89:8-9


The waves that ebb and flow during trials can sometimes feel like they’re gaining in size and threating to take you down. The greatest risk is a hardened heart. I know many times when things get seemingly unmanageable, I tend to compartmentalize things. Dealing with everything as a whole becomes overwhelming. God is faithful to calm the waves before they overtake you, reach out to Him.

Make it a Point



I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5


Do you hear God’s “still, small voice”? Do you feel as though God is guiding your steps?

As believers, we are like a freshly installed and calibrated satellite dish. Once the power switch on the television is turned on, voila, the transmission is received! But so often it’s us. We neglect to move the switch to “on” through prayer and conversation with God. There’s no two-way communication. Make it a point to have a conversation with Jesus daily, allow Him to light your path and enrich your life!

Those God Puts in Your Path



And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Matthew 25:40


I remember years back working for my best friend at the time. It’s a deep endeavor because you feel much more pressure to go beyond your best. We had an employee that managed the front office who was basically clueless when it came to using Office software. I must confess, at one point I begged him to replace her. At some point, I made it my mission to teach her as much as I could to give her an opportunity to succeed. I pulled my hair out and screamed inside my truck, but she became one of my closest friends and became an amazing office manager. Remember, we’ve all frustrated our Savior and have fallen short. Take time to encourage those whom God places in your path.