While You’re Waiting

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
Lamentations 3:35

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This song has been playing in my head today. It’s music for the hurting yet hopeful. An anthem for the waiting.

If that sounds like you, then you’re in good company. The Bible is full of stories of people who found themselves in that same scary place, straining their eyes in the pitch black, searching for God in the silence.

You can read the accounts of Noah and Moses and David and Job, who could be the poster boy of waiting, right on through to John the Baptist and Jesus himself.

And, at the end of the day, you’ll find a common theme. God is busy, even while we wait, working all things for our good. Because He is good.

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Psalm 27:14

I hope you’ll be blessed as you listen to this song, While I’m Waiting by John Waller.


You might also be encouraged by this powerful interview of John Waller talking about the writing of that song and his deliverance from depression.

What lessons have you learned from times of waiting in your life? Please share in the comments. You never know who might be inspired by your words.

 

How To Spring Forward When You Can Barely Move

So here we are again. That time of year when we push the clock ahead one hour and symbolically spring forward into a new season.

It’s usually fun for me. It’s when I start dreaming of planting a few veggies & herbs in the back yard, and filling empty terra cotta pots with mounds of lovely, fragrant flowers and letting the cool air breeze through open windows.

But I have to be honest. When you’ve been “under the weather” as I have this week, that sounds like a lot of work and I’m all out of energy.

So I ask myself, “What can be done when the heart is willing but the flesh is weak?”

Is it really possible to spring forward when it feels like you can barely move?

“From the depths of the earth you will again bring me up”
Psalm 71:20b

Yes!

Because God is still at work in us.

Isaiah 40:29 says, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Today, I rejoice in the promise of renewed life. For the coming spring that, even now, colors the world with hope.

And I especially thank God for a faith that, in spite of imperfect conditions, keeps growing.

Keeps nudging me up out of the ground.

Keeps moving me forward even when it doesn’t feel like I’m moving at all.

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The One Cure For What We Crave

You and I, we were born hungry. Hungry for hope.

And this gnawing ache of the soul cannot be denied.

We could spend our whole lives searching for substitutes, sampling every measly morsel that falls our way.

But why scrounge for crumbs when there’s bread at the table?

It’s like the question the angels asked the women at the tomb after the resurrection –

“Why do you look for the living among the dead?”
Luke 24:5

We can’t afford to waste time looking for hope where hope does not exist.

There is only One who can fill that hunger. Only One cure for what we crave.

Jesus, the Living Bread.

We will never be satisfied with anything less.

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
he who comes to Me will not hunger,
and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
John 6:35

I’m sure you’ve heard about the movie Son of God opening this weekend. Below is a short video highlighting scenes from the movie with a song by the band For King & Country, appropriately entitled Crave. Enjoy!

How To Keep Believing In Miracles

When hearts are fragile, that’s when they may be most faith-filled — believing in miracles before life makes sense. Ann Voskamp

(Hello out there! It has been a long time since you’ve heard anything out of me. We are coming out of a deep freeze where I live and I sort of feel the same way about my writing. I’ve been chipping away at this particular post for a while now. I hope it will encourage any of you who may be looking for a miracle today.)

Believe - Finding The InspiringWe want to believe in miracles. Especially at Christmastime and, really, at all times.

But sometimes life makes it hard. People make it hard.

Like frozen ice hard.

And as a winter storm turns liquid to solid, pain can turn a heart cold.

Suddenly, pulsing flesh can feel like a cocoon of crystalized tears.

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And, yes, we could let the hurts of this hurting world overcome us. Let all that bends us break us.

But this is not who we are.

“We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. Hebrews 10:39

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We are believers.

We may be fragile, but we are faith-filled.

Even when that faith seems more like a toothpick than an ice pick, and we wonder if we will ever be able to touch the tender petals of hope again.

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We keep believing because Jesus gives us reason to believe.

His star, still guiding us through the darkest winters of our souls, birthing faith in us before life makes sense.

Faith. This gift from God. Evidence of things not seen.

This is the miracle that melts away all doubt.

There will be a springtime. There will come a thaw. And, as we wait, we sing.

Our praises wrapped in warm breath, like angels wings, rising to heaven in frost-covered air.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

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Oh, Light of the World, shine on us today. Whatever the situation, help us to draw near to you. Let us rest in your presence. The place where all miracles begin.

His Wonders Never Cease

So I’ve been a little busy lately. Busy trying to make my life make sense. Busy watching the calendar pages turn fast while I keep moving in slow-motion. But not too busy to stop and let that woman pray for me at church this past Sunday.

I didn’t know who she was but it didn’t matter. Sometimes God uses situations and people unknown to us to work out His purposes in our lives. We just have to be willing to receive it.

Then, today, I started thumbing through a devotional book and I found myself lingering on the pages of the entry entitled “The Tune of the Unknowns.”

The author, Calvin Miller, talks about how the heroes of the Bible were just ordinary people who said yes to God’s extraordinary call.

People such as Mary, who despite her feelings of unworthiness, willingly surrendered to God’s plan for her to give birth to Jesus, the Son of the Most High.

What a wondrous moment that must have been! She had to get over her initial shock but, ultimately, young Mary taught us how each of us should respond to God’s calling in our own lives.

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Luke 1:38

Maybe you’re feeling unknown and unworthy, like your life is filled with a lot of nothing- special days, one more mundane than the next. If so, this post is for you.

Because you need to know that God is still in the wonder-working business! He sees you. He loves you. And, no matter how it feels right now, He has a purpose for your life, and that purpose will be fulfilled.

I’ll leave you with these encouraging words from Calvin Miller:

“The work of God in the hands of an ordinary you or me is a living picture of God’s grace and glory – His grace, in that He invests Himself in one so frail and faulty; His glory, in that He creates such real art with such raw clay. Are you at the end of your own strength? Have you bottomed out on self-confidence? Trust. Wait. Behold what wonders can be done through you by the Spirit of the Living God.”

Would you like to pray with me?

Father God, your power is unchanging. I know that you’ve been able to do extraordinary things in the lives of ordinary people just like me. I pray that I will always be able to hear your call. And, when I do, help me to say “yes.”

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