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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.

January 7

Today’s prayer:

Lord , my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever.
Psalms 131:1‭-‬3 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your faithfulness. In a time and season such as this, these words are so applicable. Help us to quiet ourselves before You and to walk with understanding in Your ways. Lord Jesus, please guide and protect us, that we might walk in Your ways and live honorably before You. Lord, let our hearts not strive to “do” or “make” or “force” but instead help us to hear Your voice and to obey. Lord, it is only in You that we find truth. Only in You that we find security. Lord Jesus, please hold us in Your ways and teach us what Your will is daily. Let us not be distracted by arguments, nor slide into selfishness, but instead with humility bring all our needs before You. Thank You for all Your wonderous works. Please, free the captive, save the lost, heal the hurting and sick, protect the innocent, provide for the needy, and return the prodigal. Thank You. Amen.

“Only for God…”

“Only for God in silence does my soul wait.” Psalm 62:1

It was as if the words leapt out of the book.


Reading again,

I felt so clearly the Lord’s understanding.

I had been reading Pastor Charles R. Swindoll’s book Three Steps Forward Two Steps Back.

The literal Hebrew sentence reads almost backwards from the English translation: “Only for God in silence does my soul wait.”

I knew.

That is what God was teaching me throughout these past weeks of uncertainty.


the waiting came to an end.

Tuesday, our plans were to drive to the valley with a stop in Eugene for my specialist appointment.

The whole family was coming so our daughter could pack our house while I was nearby with the baby to give advice or answer questions.

We had reached the point.

The decision was made.

We would prepare for moving,

even though we didn’t know

where we were going.

My appointment took longer than expected, but was a blessing.

When we finally arrived at our property we were all tired and hungry.

It was lovely to see my husband and middle daughter again.

The next day was full, as packing began in full swing and Anne had a doctor’s appointment.

Later that day my husband and I were able to chat about where God was leading.

Should we buy a house?

Was that a responsible choice when our property wasn’t ready to sell?

What was God’s will for us?

We needed a home, how should we proceed?

It became clear we should rent.

After some internet searching we found several which might work and one we were excited about.

I sent tour requests.

Answered email responses.

Was excited when the house we wanted offered a tour the next evening.

My husband and I would have to drive up and it meant I’d leave all the packing to our daughter, but I was wearing out quickly.

So, I emailed back we’d be there Thursday at 6:30.

During this our Bell had a meeting with the track coach.

Her summer has been full of disappointments when it came to her future at the college she had agreed to run track for.

By the time she was home from her trip she didn’t see any other options other than walking away from it and going to a different school.

When the coach requested meeting with us, there were some concerns.

What did God want for our Bell?

Could the issues be reconciled?

My husband went with her and I prayed.

When he called his voice was calm.

“They are signing her up for classes now. Everything has been taken care of.”

I had to take a deep breath.

“Well, praise God!”

He related the whole story.

I was stunned by the Lord’s provision.

I would have to pack the car and leave to meet him soon.

My emotions were all stirred up between stress, grief, and joy.

I hated leaving the house for our daughter to do while taking care of her five month old.

I was sad at leaving our middle girl behind.

I was overwhelmed by God’s grace and provision.

I was so thankful for everything God was giving us.

I was exhausted from it all.

So off we went to look at the house we hoped to call home.

After a long nap my attitude and emotions had all calmed.

We were going to be early so we could look at the neighborhood and get a feel for it all.

When we pulled up to where the navigation system said,

“You’ve arrived”.

We both just stared blankly.

“Uh, honey, it’s a duplex.”

My heart felt that something had gone wrong.

“Please check to make sure you got the address correct,” was his sensible reply.

I did.

It was.

“What are we going to do?”

I looked at him with concern.

Was God asking us to stretch?

Or was there something else He was doing?

My husband pulled the car farther down the street.

Our eyes met with a FOR RENT sign in the lawn of a different house.

This one a single family home.

My husband pulled up and parked.

Then he grabbed his phone.

“What are you doing?”

“I’m calling the number.”

I began praying.

We wanted God’s will and we needed to know what that was.

After he left a message he turned the car around and headed for our daughter and son-in-law’s house.

We were halfway there when the phone rang.

(Bluetooth is really nice!)

My husband answered and began to chat with the home owner.

As they talked the fact that our last rental was in the UK led to the information about why we were there.

It didn’t take long to discover the landlord is a strong believer.

As the conversation ended it was with hope.

We were to be shown the house that evening by the neighbor.

Our hearts were glad and thankful to the Lord for guiding.

I emailed the duplex and thanked them, but cancelled our tour.

We prayed again together before we headed back to tour the other house.

My heart tried to stay calm and quiet and wait for God to show us His will.

The neighbor was a welcoming gentleman and very personable.

The house was incredible.

Bigger and more than I would have ever imagined.

But it was our conversation with the neighbor which blessed us the most.

He invited us into his home to meet his wife.

Before we knew it we were seated in their living room chatting.

They both are strong believers.

With daughters near our youngest girl’s age.

Hospitality was poured out.

Love was abundant.

It was such a blessing.

At one point in the conversation she looked at me and said,

“We’ve been praying for a nice family with kids to move in.”

And God answered.

Both our prayers.

We moved in on Monday.

Praise God!

All the weeks of quiet waiting upon the Lord has culminated into so many answered prayers.

From the packing, to the loading, to the unloading (one of our friends from the valley drove all the way up here to help with the unloading) our son-in-law, his brother and friend showed up as well, and our oldest girl baked pizzas for everyone.

Even to the details of my furniture fitting.

It is so worth while.

All these weeks

quietly waiting

upon the Lord.

2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV — And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Refusing stress

Yesterday, I practiced refusing stress.

The Lord has been working on me to simply trust Him no matter the circumstance.

To learn to listen and adjust my own schedule or ideas to His will and timing.

To walk with such faith and peace that when troubling things occur, I can remain quiet at heart and simply listen for His guidance.

The lesson began Friday.

Our daughter, hubby, and granddaughter were visiting, and the baby shower for our granddaughter was at 6pm.

Both Anne and Bell had to work that day, but Sis was ready and willing to help me set-up.

I’d prayed several times, inquiring of the Lord how He wanted me to schedule my day and He kept answering the same thing.

Arrive at the building at 10 am.

My morning wasn’t unfolding like I’d hoped and 10 am seemed to be coming faster than normal.

When I thought I was ready to have Sis and baby in the car I realized the keys were missing.

Not to the car, but to the building.

“Uhm, Lord, I’ve lost the keys.”

Arrive at 10 am.

So, I walked in faith.

I told Sis of the circumstances and we buckled the baby into her cat seat and drove down.

Sure enough it was locked up tight.

I prayed as I walked to the double doors and there was a light on inside.

And the Lord had answered.

I know the cleaning person and he not only opened up the building, he helped me unload the car.

Later that day, about two hours before the shower I was stretched again.

I had felt the Lord encourage me to make a quick visit to a dear friend who recently had a baby.

Jase was having a great time playing in the yard.

We’d been there for a while when one of the children came to tell us Jase was hurt.

When I looked at his leg I prayed.

It had a break in the skin, was already swelling and turning colors.

He was obviously in pain.

My first thought was, “Could it be cracked?”

When we reached the couch our friends went into help mode.

One person got ice and wrapped it in cloth.

Someone else got a large glass of water.

My friend got some Ibuprofen, after asking me if I thought it best.

And lastly, someone else got Jase a puppy, just to take his mind off the pain.

It all turned out simply amazing.

The swelling went down, the color went from purplish to pink, and the cut didn’t bleed hardly at all.

I dropped him at home with my hubby and went to the shower without any concern.

His pain subsided and he was up running around in a few hours.

So when my husband and I had an important dinner for his work last night, I wasn’t stressed.

Nothing in my schedule really was going the way I expected, but I refused stress.

“Jesus, I trust You.”

Even when I realized that the dinner started half an hour earlier than I had thought, it wasn’t a concern.

I drove to where I had told my hubby I’d meet him.

I knew we would need to be promptly picking up his suit, so we could swing by a store to get a few things we no longer own, like mascara, nylons, and dress socks.

As I waited, it became harder to refuse stress.

But each time it started to knock on my heart’s door, I refused to open.

“Jesus, I trust You.”

Finally, my hubby arrived.

He thought we should drop the one vehicle elsewhere so we drove there.

After he got in the car and greeted me he asked, “Did you pick up my prescription?”

“No, I didn’t know you wanted me to.”

So, we headed there and bought the needed items and prescription.

As we headed to pick up the suit he asked, “You grabbed my tie and cuff links, right?”

“No, I didn’t even think about them.”

In my heart, the tapping of stress and fear, asking to be let in.

Silently, I prayed.

“Jesus, I don’t know what to do, but I trust You.”

My husband’s voice broke the silence.

“Well, I bet my dad has both, I wanted to get dressed there anyway. ”

He called him and all was layed out on the dresser when we arrived.

After dressing and getting back into the car I was praising God.

He had helped me refuse stress.

He had walked us through all the details.

He had everything in His hands.

And we arrived ten minutes early.

It is so worthwhile trusting Jesus.

No matter the circumstance, big or small,

His hands are able,

He can carry





Sitting in the brisk air.

Surveying the beauty.

Just listening.

“Make me understand the way of Your precepts; So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.” Ps. 119: 27

Without the Word, and knowledge of God’s law it is easy to miss the blessings He has bestowed.

How long is the list of blessings?

Thank You, Father, for

clean water
the right to vote
church family
history that speaks of Your mercies
shampoo and conditioner
(thanks for clean hair!)
music teachers
good coaches
soft comfy blankets
bed that doesn’t hurt the back
fire wood
the Bible…

The list goes on and on.

Yet without
it might all be taken for granted.

How sad to miss the tiny blessings and gifts.

It takes effort,
but looking past the wants into the
manifolds of already have is truly a
chance to live in peace.

For thankfulness and peace live together with joy.