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A time to wait

Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV — To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

Currently, it is a season to wait.

Waiting upon God to guide and direct our family.

Waiting for my body to recover health.

Waiting for our property to sell.

Waiting…

Many years ago, during those final months of pregnancy God taught me that even in waiting there is work.

Normally I am unaware of the work, because I’m focusing on the waiting.

Unfortunately, allowing myself to fear with a thousand, “what if?”.

What a waste. Instead, I’m waiting on God with a different perspective.

Through these days of waiting I’m choosing to focus on the tasks and joys of each day.

To mentally check my thoughts into the here and now, without striving to guess and plan for the unknown.

It’s out of character for me.

I’ve always wanted to know “the plan” so I could prepare.

The LORD has been teaching me how good it is to simply rest in His plan.

He knows exactly what He is doing.

He has all the details sorted out.

When I need to know, as long as I am listening, He will tell me.

Where I run into trouble is when I go dashing ahead of Him and then realize I’ve left the side of my Master.

It’s difficult to hear God if I’m running away from Him, doing my own thing.

So, I’m waiting and working on the task at hand.

I’m learning to taste the joys of the season of waiting.

Leaning on the everlasting arms

I grew up in an old fashioned church.

It had wooden pews.

Sunday school for all ages.

The best potluck meals.

And hymns.

Music is a blessing.

And I’m very thankful for worship music.

I enjoy singing,

and when I am able,

I do.

But there’s something deep about many of the hymns I grew up singing.

And this morning I woke with my heart singing this one:

“What a fellowship, what a joy divine

Leaning on the everlasting arms

What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,

Leaning on the everlasting arms…”

And it was exactly what I needed.

Yesterday afternoon was a struggle.

Something triggered my asthma and I couldn’t leave my room for several hours.

It was discouraging.

I had taken my medication and my inhaler.

But I was blessed when Anne came in to pray for me.

It was after the prayer I began to improve.

Yet the exhaustion continued.

And before I was really awake,

those sweet words of comfort

“Leaning on the everlasting arms…”

were already in my heart.

Jesus was reminding me just to rest in Him.

No matter how difficult my day is,

He is able.

No matter what occurs,

He is faithful.

My life belongs completely to Him.

And I have peace,

leaning on His everlasting arms.

“Dear Jesus,

Thank You for all the hymns I learned while yet so young. Thank You for Your Word which gives me guidance and encouragement and wisdom. Lord Jesus, thank You for today and all the busyness, schedules, and work. I trust You completely for every detail. Lord, I’m resting in Your arms, thank You for Your peace.”

Simple rest

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It was a beautiful sight.

Snow makes things so lovely.

I was happy for the beauty and the break in routine.

School was canceled for the day.

We still worked at home on school, but it was nice not to have to go anywhere.

I find I’m weary.

I’m worn out with sorrow and pain and illness.

Yet, the snow is a wonderful reminder of rest.

Many animals sleep all through the harshest weather.

Although I’m not planning on hibernation, sounds fun though, I can trust God to bring the rest I need just as the animals trust there will be a Spring.

Just this morning a dear friend was texting me encouragement in the Bible to rest in trusting God.

It was very timely as I had to remind myself and one of our children of the exact same thing later in the day when we were both facing hurt and disappointment.

My daughter smiled softly and said, “God keeps telling me to just trust Him. That’s all He says over and over.”

I had to nod my head as I’ve heard the same thing.

So, as I learn to lean back in His plan and His will, I’m looking for the opportunity to rest.

I am tired of saying, “Oh, I’m just tired today.”

The truth is deeper.

I should be saying, “Oh, I’m struggling with a few things, but Jesus is teaching me more about trust.”

I know there will come a beautiful Spring.

I know rest is around the next bend.

I know the Lord Jesus is faithful.

Simple rest = simply trusting.

Keep it simple

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Beautifully simple.

My husband coined the phrase while gazing down at this lovely flower.

He’s not the kind of guy one would expect to be looking at flowers.

Yet, the simplicity of the white petals against the dark center attracted his attention and we bought the plant.

How often I forget the beauty in simplicity.

It has been a very full and often rushed two weeks since coming home from our trip.

I’ve slid into the error of working hard, harder, and hardest on my own strength, guaranteeing I’ll get it all done.

Nope.

It normally guarantees nothing but a headache, literally, and my poor family trying to get Momma back to her happy face.

The Lord spoke to me about all the work and try I’ve been putting out.

He reminded me He never called me to do it alone.

He has been with me from the beginning and when I rest in His ways everything gets done, well.

The simplicity of waiting on the Lord.

The beauty of living a flexible schedule, open and willing to change as He leads.

I’ve been neglecting that truth.

My morning devotion brought me back to the excellent truth of resting in God.

“I cried to the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. Selah
I layed down and slept;
I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves up against me all around. ” Psalm 3: 4-6 NKJV

Resting in His arms

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Despite my inability, God has truly blessed me with a great amount of responsibility.

He has placed children in my life, both my own as well as others.

He has called me to teach and between my own family, school and Sunday school I’m often very busy.

It was in my quiet time with the Lord this morning He spoke something directly to my heart.

Isaiah 61:11
” For as the Earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”

If I rest in His arms, while diligent in my daily activities, He Himself will cause it to bare fruit.

I can dig a whole.

I can plant a seed.

I can water it daily.

Yet I can’t make it sprout, grow, or bring forth a crop.

Only God can.

And He will.

My position is to simply be honorable before Him daily.

To complete each task unto the Lord with the humility and joy of a bond servant.

Then I am able to rest in His arms and trust the outcome to His perfect will.

I may  never see the fruit here on Earth, but true contentment comes through a life of service.

Stillness

SAMSUNGI love the beauty of nature.

That is why I take pictures, because I want to crystallize what I see into something forever to be enjoyed.

This picture was taken when I was learning an important lesson.

You can’t rush God.

I was waiting

on God to move

and NOT patiently!

I was anxious about God moving so I could go to the next step and get on with my life!

That was not what He had in mind.

His plan was to wait,

for almost two months.

In that time of waiting I learned something called

stillness.

I used to gather the kids together and take them to a pool just beyond this where they could splash and play and lay on the sandy bank in the shade of a large tree.

It was in these outings I learned stillness.

To sit in the quiet and listen for the voice of the Lord in my heart.

It was in these times that I was able to reflect. To heal.

As I look at this picture I remember that when this season of waiting was over there was a deep time of work, work, work, almost without let up. And I think…

Would I have held up under that burden if I had not had the time of stillness?

If you are like me, work can at times be almost a disease of flurried activity. And it can consume if allowed.

But work is important and if we did not many things would crumble.

But stillness before our Lord is important too.

I ask you, have you been still lately?

What helped you to find that quiet?

What did you hear when you listened?

I pray you were blessed and refreshed and ready for the next section of work that came your way.

And if you are feeling ragged, worn, tattered, it may mean you have yet to be

still.