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How patient are you?

It has occurred more than once.

I’ll be praying and…

feeling sorry for myself, to be bluntly honest.

I’m telling God about a circumstance and how long I’ve waited for His answer and Abraham comes to mind.

Genesis 12:7 KJV — And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

Genesis 13:14-16KJV — And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

It’s unclear how much time passed between these two promises, but Abram had become very wealthy in that time despite a famine and his trip to Egypt and back.

Genesis 16:3 NKJV — Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan.

Genesis 16:16 NKJV — Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.

Abraham waited till he was in his eighties and then he took the suggestion of his wife on how to “help God” and had a son the his wife’s servant, but Ishmael was not the son of God’s promise.

Genesis 18:10 KJV — And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.

God’s promised son was outside any human plan or ability.

Genesis 21:5 NKJV — Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

Abraham didn’t know the Lord’s plan and He didn’t realize Isaac would be a foreshadowing of Jesus.

And although Abraham did try to “help” God’s promise, the inspiring part of the story is Abraham’s faith.

Genesis 15:6 NKJV — And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.

Abraham waited a long time for God’s promise to be fulfilled and God used him mightily.

And then God’s whisper to my heart:

How patient are you?

God’s way of reminding me to wait upon Him with joy, peace, and patience.

He was faithful in His promises to Abraham, I know He will be faithful with me.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word and for Your servant Abraham. Lord, thank You for taking me back to this story time and again when I’m feeling sorry for myself or thinking I’ve waited long enough. Lord, my patience is supplied by Your Holy Spirit and I thank You for that. Lord, please continue to help me to not quench Your Holy Spirit, but to allow Your fruit to be plentiful in my life. Please help me to be humble, teachable, and patient. Thank You. I know You are worthy of all my trust and Your ways are perfect. Thank You for Your love and salvation. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Endurance in the little things

That’s what bread baking has been for almost a month.

I’ve baked our family’s bread for many years.

It began as a way to save money.

Then blossomed into a way to say, “I love you”.

One of my favorite memories about homemade bread involved a young man who lived in our community when our middle girls were in highschool.

He had been a regular visitor to our home during one summer and I was baking bread regularly.

As I cut into a new loaf one day, he asked me, “Why do you buy your bread like that? Why not get bread that’s precut?”

I smiled, “I baked this myself.”

“Oh, well I guess I won’t ask you where you buy it then.”

He grinned at me, “It’s really good bread.”

I have always baked my bread in loaf pans.

It was available for both sandwiches or toast or just easy to eat with butter.

I’d never learned to make it in a round loaf.

About a month ago I began trying my hand at the round artisan bread.

It’s been a long rough lesson.

My first loaf went in the garbage, it was not able to be eaten.

My second loaf was raw in the middle, but we were able to eat the ends.

I had one set where I gave up on round and shaped them into long loaves which worked well.

When I made two round loaves that turned out nearly perfect I thought I’d finally found the correct process, only to run into more trouble.

The loaves kept rising too much and by the time I baked them turned into bread sticks, because they had fallen.

During all this I read recipes, watched YouTube videos, and prayed.

I was wear thin my patience, but I felt God tell me to try again today.

Before beginning, I gave my efforts to the Lord.

As I worked I prayed, not for the bread, but for a long list of people God brought to mind.

I’d already learned that God was going to use all my effort in bread baking, because God continued to remind me of God’s Word.

Romans 8:28 KJV — And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The Lord reminded me I had a choice: to believe His Word or not.

I knew God was teaching me to trust Him, even in my failures.

It’s an area I’m still working on.

Failing is difficult for me.

So, that was why I was praying for others while baking bread, because people are more important than bread and I want to use my time to lift up those the Lord places on my heart.

And God blessed the work of my hands as well as my heart.

Not only did the bread turn out better than any I have ever made, I got a text message with a picture.

I’ve been praying for a preterm baby and the picture was of his cute face.

The message was informing me that he’s a complete miracle and doing very well.

Praise God! What a blessing!

While I don’t really understand all the reasons God allows things, I can rest in His promises that He knows what is best and is working through it all.

And I’m glad He’s having me continue to bake bread at home.

I need the extra practice to endure through failure and be faithful in the little things.

Colossians 3:23 KJV — And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

Ecclesiastes 9:10 NKJV — Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for this lesson in trust and endurance. Lord, I don’t know if I’ll be able to continue to bake bread like today’s, but I’m so thankful for the ones You helped me do. Lord, thank You for Your answering prayer. Thank You for Your patience with me and my struggles. Lord Jesus, thank You that You can be glorified even when I fail. For all things belong to You and Your ways are perfect. Lord Jesus, as I walk into each day, please help me to remember the truth of Your Word and the blessings of obedience. I love You. Amen.

The opposite of anticipation

Like the frost covering the ground this morning, my unacknowledged fear had coated my outlook.

Dread, had coated my attitude and I’d walked in that for days, unaware of the distortion of my perspective.

The realization that I’d been dreading this day hit me this morning.

Which is embarrassing, but true.

Where’s the fear coming from?

The Lord pointed directly to my fear while I was praying.

After all this time of chronic illness, I’m afraid of the unknown.

Which is why it’s embarrassing to admit my fear, because the future is always an unknown for us, but it’s never an unknown for Jesus.

In prayer, He showed me that my unwillingness to try a new doctor or medication is a failure to trust Him.

He reminded me that when I was the sickest I’ve been with this, I had the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with many.

He also reminded me, that He is in charge of all these things and I should never dread the unknown, because no matter what, He is with me.

It’s funny how we can hide our true feelings from others and ourselves, but never from God.

I’m so thankful He has revealed that which was lurking in my heart, so I can be honest about it, repent for it, and turn to Jesus to heal and restore.

James 5:16 KJV — Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for showing me my heart to clearly and for restoring me to faith, trust, and love. Lord, thank You for Your patience with me. I’m so grateful for Your gentle correction and Your love. Lord Jesus, please continue to teach me through Your Word, that I might not sin against You. Thank You for life experiences which bring out what is in my heart and draws attention to the areas which need Your touch. Thank You for Your promises and the joy of Your salvation. Lord Jesus, I know You are walking with me always. Thank You for Your faithfulness, mercy, and grace. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Learning about waiting

That bush in our yard is a blueberry.

Although, it looks a bit lost in the space all alone, it has been used by God to continue to teach me about waiting.

Because we have plans, some might call them dreams, but many blueberry bushes is part of that.

Our family loves blueberries.

(To give you an idea we picked over forty pounds of them last summer and they didn’t last past October.)

From before I knew God was going to move us here, I’d been talking with Him about my desires.

Psalm 10:17 KJV — LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

My heart sometimes begins to long for things and I’ve learned to take those things before the Lord.

He’s taught me to be honest about my feelings and surrender my wishes to God, for He knows best.

Waiting upon Him is a lesson I’m still practicing.

In the past I wasted so much time and energy trying to “make things happen” which invariably turned out disappointing, to say the least.

One of those moments came a few weeks ago.

My husband showed me a Craigslist post.

It was five to six year old blueberry bushes for sale and it was the kind I want, Early Blue.

He looked at me with uncertainty.

“We have the money, but I don’t know how much the garden is going to cost.”

We’d previously agreed, after praying about it, that we needed to make the garden our first outdoor priority.

“Let’s pray about it “

One of the ways we have grown in this area is agreeing not to purchase something if the other one doesn’t have peace with it.

In this case we both wanted the bushes, but neither of us had peace about it.

So, we dug a hole for the one we already own and we are waiting upon the Lord.

Often, I’m surprised how much joy that one bush brings me.

It’s because I know we could have several rows of bushes out there, but my heart wouldn’t be filled with the peace I have now.

Waiting for God’s timing is so worth it.

My husband and I were reminded of this fact the day we planted our bush.

He’d been walking around a section of the yard which has decorative bushes, an area neither of us have spent time in.

His attention became drawn to two dormant bushes a little bit away from the others.

His smile was broad when he showed them to me.

“Look closely at these two bushes, honey.”

I inspected them and was blessed.

They’re blueberries.

Psalm 21:2 KJV — Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word and Your blessings. Lord, these temporary things of earth are of such little importance when I think on eternity, but You use them in our lives to teach us. Thank You. Thank You for continuing to hold us in Your ways and guide us in Your truths. Lord, thank You for the lessons and instruction. Lord Jesus, as I wait upon You, thank You for the reminder of the peace which follows obedience and the blessings we have in You. Lord Jesus, I never want to get so focused upon desires that I forget to praise You or I stop being grateful for the things You have given already. Lord Jesus, as I step out this week in obedience in an area which is very uncomfortable, I ask that You will surround me as with a shield and fill me with Your peace. Thank You so much for Your wondrous works. Thank You for salvation and the gift of Your Word. Thank You, Jesus for Your incredible love. I love You! Amen.

Patience, a precious fruit

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2‭-‬4 NKJV

Difficult words to swallow.

Difficult truth to digest.

Yet, this words are a promise, not a judgement.

For the Word is clear, following Christ Jesus is costly, He suffered and so shall we.

Therefore, these words, this truth, is a gift to instruct.

When we fall into various trials we can find hope that God is using it to teach us many traits which the child of God should have.

One of the most profound being: patience.

It’s something we learn.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5‭-‬8 KJV

It’s also a fruit.

Galatians 5:22-23NKJV — But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

The word long-suffering is often translated as patience.

The scriptures are full of those who patiently waited upon the Lord.

My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
James 5:10‭-‬11 NKJV

Thus, for the follower of Jesus Christ, we can find perspective in the truth that God builds our character and provides bountiful fruit from the seasons which we walk through with Him in patience.

Knowing this truth means, we do not merely endure the trials, looking for the end of our lives on earth, but rather we await the return of Christ our Lord, understanding the blessings of patience and steadfast obedience through times of difficulty.

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
James 5:7‭-‬8 NKJV

Not only do we anticipate the return of Jesus Christ, we have the opportunity to live daily bringing glory to His name and shining the truth of His Word to those around us.

For the patient faithful servant of Jesus Christ understands why they are waiting upon the Lord.

God has promised great things to His own.

Revelation 3:10-12 KJV — Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Let us, each one, look to the promises of the Lord with encouragement and expectation.

For the fruit of a life lived wholly unto Jesus is beyond the value of earthly things and to those who serve with anticipation it is a sweet reminder of the promises God’s Word gives.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2‭-‬4 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the promises to those who rest in You and endure the various trials and tribulations with patience found in Your Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus, I long for my life to be honorable before You and that I might bring glory to Your name. Thank You for allowing us to share in the marvelous work You are doing each day in the hearts of people. Please continue this same work in my heart. Lord, please help me not to chafe at times and seasons, but rather to embrace each circumstance with joy and gratitude, understanding that this is how our hearts learn well. Thank You for Your wondrous works. Thank You for Your blessings. Lord, thank You for Your promises. May we eagerly await Your return, redeeming the time, for the days are evil. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

The gift of patience

1 Thessalonians 1:3 KJV — Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians holds these beautiful words:

“…and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ…”

For the follower of Christ, their reason to be patient is their hope of eternity, bought by the precious blood of our Lord Jesus.

Patience is a consequence of a soul secure in Him.

It is an understanding of who God is and what He has done.

It’s also an opportunity.

Patient obedience to pickup our cross daily and follow Christ is a privilege.

It draws our hearts closer to our LORD and it helps us to be a testimony to others.

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 6:11‭-‬12 NKJV

Our diligence in following Christ is a testimony to those around us.

Thus our patient attitude of hope is a witness to the world.

This Christmas let us give the gift of patience.

James 5:11 NKJV — Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

May we be patient and steadfast in shining the truth of Jesus Christ in mercy, gentleness, kindness, compassion, and grace with those God has placed in our lives, loving as He does.

For all times and seasons are in His hands, and:

“The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.” Psalm 145:17 KJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your gift of patience. Thank You that it is through Your salvation we can rest in hope of eternal life. Lord Jesus, only in and through You do we find the ability to be patient, gentle, kind, merciful, compassionate, and loving. Lord, on our own we are simply unable to wait patiently, because it is through Your hope we have peace. Thank You for that. Thank You for Your birth, Your death, and Your Resurrection! Thank You for Your Holy Spirit which teaches and admonishes our hearts. Lord, please help us to be people of patience, peace, and joy. Thank You. Amen.

Finding hope

1 Peter 1:3-4 NKJV — Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

Unless we truly understand the truth of these words, we will miss finding hope.

Because true hope, confident expectation, is through Jesus Christ.

Acts 4:12 NKJV — “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Thus, when we believe on the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ and we accept His payment for our sins, we are granted hope, confident expectation, of eternal life.

Our future lies in heaven with Him.

Therefore, nothing on this Earth is permanent.

No circumstance is everlasting.

No pain endures past the grave.

Jesus said:

John 14:3 NKJV — “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

Thus, finding hope resides in understanding salvation.

Finding hope requires our complete surrender to God.

It’s also a beautiful daily practice.

Romans 12:12 KJV — Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

For the follower of Jesus, our hope is in Christ and in this truth we can rest secure, patiently hopeful.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for salvation. Thank You that You know what each one of us needs each day. Lord, help us to daily rejoice in our hope, to be patient in tribulation, and steadfast in prayer. Help us to view life through Your Word. Lord, please continue to polish and hone us as we seek to honor You every day. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for first loving me. Amen.

The kindness of a stranger

It was later in the evening when my husband looked at me and said,

“Let’s go buy the babies a kiddy pool.”

The day had been warm and their little faces had been rosey when he arrived home from work.

He wasn’t wanting them to have another warm afternoon without the opportunity to cool off.

I agreed and we drove to where we thought we might find a kiddy pool.

It was after 7pm so some stores were already closed.

Home Depot was open and although they didn’t have kiddy pools there were some other items we needed.

I’ve been planning to paint furniture and needed paint.

As the paint was finished, my husband was concerned if I’d like the color and showed it to me.

I signed that I had a good feeling about it, I liked it. (My voice had disappeared during our walk around the store.)

He placed it in the cart and began to move toward the check out.

I had noticed another employee looking in my direction previously and had nodded a “hello”.

As I looked up from the cart she was looking at me again.

So, I didn’t look away, nor walk on.

She carefully signed to me a nice greeting and wished me a good day.

I smiled behind my mask and signed back: “Thank you, same to you”.

As I walked after my husband I thought about how this lady’s kindness blessed my heart.

She didn’t have to sign to me, but she did.

She was reaching out to speak to me and it blessed my heart.

I’m not deaf, but when I can’t speak ASL is the easiest way for me to communicate.

When others see this, it’s understandable they assume I’m deaf.

I’ve been truly blessed at different times when people who saw my signing responded with an effort to communicate.

Sometimes it’s by a simple “thank you” in ASL.

Sometimes it’s looking me in the eye or trying to point to things to help me understand.

I praise God for these moments of kindness in others.

I’m so thankful for their efforts.

I often pray for them afterwards.

Because it’s difficult to deal with someone who doesn’t communicate the way you do.

Unfortunately, some people become so uncomfortable, they react in ways which make it more difficult to communicate.

There’s been a few moments in stores when we left feeling very stressed.

But these are rare and God has taught us something each time.

It was a stressful moment several months ago when shopping with my husband that he said, “I have to get better at ASL” and he has been practicing ever since.

Another time Jase and I were shopping together and several unfortunate circumstances caused us a great deal of stress.

Days later we talked about it and both of us were able to see things we should do differently in the future.

Something a young man said to me recently has been the point of truth in this part of our journey.

“Everyone learns at their own speed.”

He was referring to learning ASL, but of course the truth is far more applicable.

For me, I’m not just learning ASL, I’m learning a new way of thinking, along with a new way of communicating.

I’m learning to keep my eyes upon the face of the person I’m dealing with.

Because people often think I’m deaf if I look away they think I no longer care or that I’m not paying them attention.

To look away means “not listening”.

I’m learning to plan ahead.

I’ve been stranded on my own with no one to speak for me and no one who reads ASL, so I carry paper and pencil now.

I’m learning that many people want to communicate and try hard to do so.’m learning to read sign better, which wasn’t something I’d worked on as I was the one signing, my family just speaks back to me.

I’m learning to read sign better, which wasn’t something I’d worked on as I was the one signing, my family just speaks back to me.

A couple of times I couldn’t always understand someone who stopped speaking and only signed.

I’m learning to be patient.

My voice disappearing is a response my body is having to triggers, often fragrance or chemicals in the air.

Sometimes my chest begins to hurt and I find it difficult to think clearly as my body is struggling.

To combat this I have to focus on breathing calmly, walking at a normal pace, and thinking about opening my airways.

Trying to communicate while all this is going on can make me want to rush, to just “be done” and not even try, but that never works and it’s not what Jesus would want me to do.

And if I were to simply “give up” I would miss all these moments of blessing.

For God has something good in all these things and I don’t want to miss a single one.

James 4:6 NKJV — But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your faithfulness! Lord, thank You for Your help, love, and lessons. You have taught me so much and Your blessings have been incredible. Lord Jesus, thank You for walking with me through this. Thank You for walking with our family through this. Thank You for all the people who have tried so hard to reach out to me. Thank You for the kindness of strangers. Lord, please continue to teach me how to live daily unto You. Thank You for all Your wonderous works. I love You. Amen.

P.S. We went to another store and bought the kids a pool. I had to laugh when I woke up to it raining!

“A little more suffering, please.”

Has anyone said this?

From the beginning of our lives, pain and suffering is something we want to avoid.

Physical pain helps us to know when we are endangering ourselves or something is wrong.

Physical pain is beneficial, because our physical bodies need to be protected from harm and pain can be a warning.

That’s why a parent teaches their child not to touch something “hot”, not to eat or drink something “yucky”.

It’s a safety issue.

So, purposefully guarding our bodies from harmful substances and activities is wise, it honors the One who gave it to us.

Yet, the spirit is a different matter, completely.

James 1:2-4 NKJV — My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

It’s not comfortable or fun to “fall into various trials”.

Actually, the average American person spends a good deal of their adulthood trying to avoid trials.

Scripture makes it clear God uses trials.

He works on our character by walking us through tribulations.

Romans 5:3 KJV — And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Trials are not something a we have to look hard to find.

As Christ followers, we should expect them.

John 15:18 NKJV — “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

Jesus’s life is our example and that includes suffering.

He suffered to an extent no human can comprehend.

God became man, to allow His own creation to accuse Him of being Himself, beat Him and crucify Him.

He came, choosing the greatest suffering, that mankind might be saved from eternal suffering, the consequence we chose when sin contaminated our race.

With this gift of salvation from Jesus Christ, we get another choice, that of following Him.

It’s the best kind of suffering.

To live in the world and yet not to be of the world.

To walk daily, choosing to allow God and His Word to work in us, continually shaping our hearts.

Letting patience have it’s perfect work that we might be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

2 Corinthians 4:17 KJV — For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for salvation and Your example to us in all things. Lord, please continue to hone our hearts and to guide our steps. Lord, help our mouths to be full of Your praise, our eyes fixed upon Your Word, our hearts tender, and our minds focused upon You. Lord, it goes against our earliest emotions to be willing to die to ourselves, but it’s the only way we can live unto You. Lord, please help us to better understand how to rejoice when we fall into trials and how to walk with You in patience. Thank You for Your Word, Your truth, and Your faithfulness. I love You, Jesus. Amen

Quietly waiting

Lamentations 3:26 NKJV — It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the LORD.

It’s one of the most difficult things to do.

Wait quietly.

But in the case of our salvation, it’s a pleasure and privilege.

Because we don’t earn our salvation.

Hebrews 12:2 KJV — Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

We can simply wait upon the Lord Jesus.

Because He provides all our needs.

He has given us His Word.

It’s a wonderful gift which brings us knowledge, understanding, and hope.

He has blessed us with salvation, when we believe and trust in Jesus Christ.

Psalm 68:19 KJV — Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

We even have the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our hearts.

Acts 2:38 NKJV — Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

John 14:26 NKJV — “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

Thus, we can live unto the Lord, with confident expectation and quiet waiting.

2 Timothy 4:5 NKJV — But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Our patient endurance will be rewarded, one day Christ will return!

Isaiah 40:31 KJV — But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for salvation! Lord, please continue to teach me how to walk in Your Word daily, waiting quietly upon You in all things. I know often I get distracted and worried by many things and I get tangled up in trying to do things on my own instead of humbling myself and waiting upon You. Lord, I do not want to continue in that. Please help me to recognize when I am, that I might return to trusting and waiting upon You. Thank You for Your love, Your mercy, Your faithfulness, and Your grace.