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 25 – Praying the Psalms Project

Some days are a battle and sometimes those days stretch into weeks, months, even years.  The last few weeks have been a battle, we have seen heartbreak and sadness at every turn.   Sometimes just waiting and hanging on is winning. 

David was ready to give up many times.  He found fear and turmoil swirling around him, more time than he could count he would find himself hanging on and waiting.  As he began to talk to God, something stirred within him.  That something was Faith.

Believing even when he could not see the outcome. 

Hang on my friends, wait and believe – the Lord is near. 

Psalm 25

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in You;
Let me not be ashamed;
Let not my enemies triumph over me.
Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed;
Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.

Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.

Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;
According to Your mercy remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.
The humble He guides in justice,
And the humble He teaches His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth,
To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

12 Who is the man that fears the Lord?
Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.
13 He himself shall dwell in prosperity,
And his descendants shall inherit the earth.
14 The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me,
For I am desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart have enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses!
18 Look on my affliction and my pain,
And forgive all my sins.
19 Consider my enemies, for they are many;
And they hate me with cruel hatred.
20 Keep my soul, and deliver me;
Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
For I wait for You.

22 Redeem Israel, O God,
Out of all their troubles!

For You are the God of my salvation;On You I wait all the day. Psalm 25-5

Lift up my soul, Lord. 

I trust in You! 

Don’t let the enemy win any longer. 

I am not ashamed as I wait on You.

Show me Your ways, teach me Your paths.

Lead me in Your truth.

You are the God of my salvation.

I will wait all day for You, Lord.

Thank you that You forget the sin of my youth.

By your mercy You remember me.

You are good and upright

You teach sinners, like me, the the way.

You teach me with Your mercy and loving kindness. 

You show me the way to humility and justice.

The paths that lead to You are paved with mercy and truth – 

When I reverence You and follow Your teaching 

You lead me in prosperity and show me Your Word. 

I fix my eyes on You. 

When you turn Your eyes upon me,

You will lift me out of my distress, affliction and pain. 

You forgive all my sins! 

Deliver me Lord – 

I am not ashamed to put my trust in You. 

Let your integrity and uprightness preserve me – 

while I wait for You.  – Amen