Faith

Waiting is Not Wasting

Simeon was a man who was on a waiting mission. I don’t know about you, but I find that waiting is one of the most difficult missions in life.

We feel like things are happening if we are doing something… anything.

What we and our friend Simeon didn’t know at the time was…

While We Are Waiting – God Is Working…

 God would send an angel to tell Zacharias that the son he would have in his old age would become John the Baptist, who would prepare the way for the coming Messiah

 God would send and angel to Mary to reveal His news that she would carry His Son

 God would convince Joseph to take Mary as his wife

 God would move upon Herrod to tax the Israelites, which would begin Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, the City of David.

 As Mary and Joseph traveled, the Lord would guide their way to Bethlehem.

 Once there, God would make sure that there was no room in any inn, His Son would be born is a lowly stable.

 As Jesus was born God would have angles fill the sky heralding the Good News to shepherds nearby – those shepherds were the first to come and worshiped the Savior of the World.

 God would fill every part of prophecy to perfection

We must reassure ourselves that…Waiting is not Wasting.

No matter what you are waiting for …

When you are Waiting – God is Working.

We do not see that Simeon became discouraged in his waiting. Instead he was just and devout as he prayed and waited.

Let us not become discouraged or give up either!

Instead let’s be women who press in to Him as we wait…
In prayer, In trust and In wonder.

Merry Christmas !

Praying the Psalms Project

Psalm 13 – Praying the Psalms Project

Have you ever wrestled with your own thoughts until you are completely exhausted?

I have.

Have you ever wondered if God has forgotten you?

I have. 

Have you ever been waiting on and answer?  

I have. 

Have you ever felt like you are loosing at life?

I have 

David, the man after God’s own heart, felt these things too. 

Psalm 13

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.

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Lord, I feel like You have forgotten me.   Are you hiding from me? 

I can’t stand to wrestle with the thoughts in my mind for one more minute. 

My heart is sad and heavy. 

How long will all of my anxieties triumph over me? 

Will you give me an answer to my questions?

Lord, pull me out of the darkness with your everlasting light.

So that my enemies cannot say they have overcome me or laugh with joy when I fall.  

I trust in You and Your unfailing love for me, Lord. 

I can rejoice in my heart, because my salvation comes from You. 

I will turn from my sadness and sing Your praise, Lord. 

When I look back upon my life, I can see that You have been good to me.

 – Amen

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Praying the Psalms Project – Psalm 4

I am finding as I pray through the Psalms that God is showing me more and more –

Who He Is 

He’s reminding me the He fills every hole we might have.

Psalm 4

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.

Answer me when I call to you,
    O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
    Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people ruin my reputation?
    How long will you make groundless accusations?
    How long will you continue your lies? Interlude
You can be sure of this:
    The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
    The Lord will answer when I call to him.

Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
    Think about it overnight and remain silent. Interlude
Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
    and trust the Lord.

Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
    Let your face smile on us, Lord.
You have given me greater joy
    than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

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Oh Lord, Even though I am steeped in sin, like an old tea bag, through Jesus you find me innocent.   I am so very thankful for that.

No matter what trouble comes my way, You hear me when I call.  You set me free from the things that hound me.

It is true, people will speak out against me, not agree with me even lie about me. What can I do about it? Not much!

But you, Lord –

You set me apart, close to you.

You answer me when I call.

Help me to hear Your voice above all the other noise in life.

Many days, anger and impatience get the best of me. Teach me to sleep on it, before I say one word.

When I come into Your presence in worship, in thanksgiving, with the first fruits of my day help me to have the right attitude.

I know I can trust you Lord, above all else.

So often I ask you to make everything perfect, to make every day great.  I want You smiling on me all the time.

You give me something greater.  Greater than the earthly perfection I am looking for.

You give me peace.  So much peace that I can lay my head down at night, close my eyes and sleep, knowing that you keep me safe from each day’s troubles.  Amen and Amen

Praying Along Here:  Praying Psalm 4

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