Waiting on the Lord… Wait, What?

I’m not a very patient person. In fact, if you asked any of my family members or close friends, they would tell you with certainty that I am in fact not a patient person at all.

In some ways, this can be helpful. When the Lord tells me to do something, I usually move quickly and act on his command. But what is an impatient girl to do when the command from the Lord is to wait on him?

Wait.. what??

How can I wait on the Lord when I have a hard time even waiting on a bag of popcorn to pop in the microwave?

I’ve been studying the book of Habakkuk for the past year or so and I am blown away by the little nuggets of goodness tucked in the middle of it.

Like this little guy:

“I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint.” Habakkuk 2:1 NLT

Habakkuk had been struggling. He was confused and He honestly spent most of the time in this book complaining to God about his circumstances and the mess he found himself in.

God had responded to his complaint and Habakkuk is ready to stand on God’s words instead of his circumstances.

I think we as impatient followers of Christ can glean some truth from this verse. Habakkuk did four things in this verse that would give him the courage to wait upon the Lord.

Habakkuk chose to climb up to the watch tower.

He decided to elevate himself to a position where he could see the bigger picture. No longer would Habakkuk walk with tunnel vision, he would position himself to see God move near and far.

HAbakkuk Chose to stand guard

He knew that he would need to position himself to stand guard against the enemy’s attacks. In the waiting place, the enemy knows that we are weak and a lot of times wounded and torn. 1 Peter 5:8 says that the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. If we are going to make it through the waiting, we must position ourself through prayer and communion with the Father so that we can stand firm against our enemy.

Habakkuk chose to wait upon the lord

Waiting on the Lord is a CHOICE! We can choose to wait on the promises of God. Habakkuk chose to stay positioned even if he would have to wait. He didn’t attach conditions.. He simple resolved within himself to wait upon the Lord.

Habakkuk opened his heart to the lord’s response

Habakkuk decided that he wanted to hear what GOD wanted to say more than just what HE wanted to hear.

Friend, if you and I are going to be able to wait on the Lord when he says to wait we must shift our sight, stand guard, choose to wait and open our hearts.

It’s going to have to be a daily choice. I’m choosing to wait on Him today, knowing that he doesn’t make us wait to punish us or hurt us. It is actually quite the opposite.

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.  The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. ” 2 Peter 3:8-9 NLT

If it seems as if God is being slow in answering your heart’s cries tonight, I want you to be encouraged by this truth: He isn’t being slow, he is being patient for you. He doesn’t want you to miss what He has for you in this place..

Embrace the wait..It will be worth it.

 

 

 

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How to Pray Bold Prayers

Praying sometimes feels like a task on the to-do list instead of a way to tap into the power of our Heavenly Father.

I grew up in church and was ready to give my weekly prayer requests. Does anyone have an unspoken prayer request? Hands would go up everywhere.

Or what about when one of your friends come up to you and share a big problem they are facing? I’ve been guilty of saying “I’ll be praying for you,” and then forgetting to pray for them that night during my nightly prayer routine (Cue the hand over the face emoji).

Can you relate? If you can then I have good news! There is a better way. What if I told you that your prayer life didn’t have to be routine? It could be life-giving, encouraging and could bring water to your dry, dry soul?

There is a way friend. We can pray bold prayers and see God move mountains every single day!

Understand that prayer is a never-ending conversation with God

I learned at a very young age that prayer was an important part of the daily routine. We said our meal-time prayers and our bed-time prayers every single day. Saying these prayers taught me that it was important to pray daily, but it didn’t teach me to build constant conversations with God. Prayer is more than something to check off of our to-do list.. it is a lifestyle to embrace.

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Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT

To pray bold prayers, we must never stop praying. We must develop a habit of praying without stopping. This just means that we will talk to God continually throughout our day.. about every little thing.

Include scripture in your prayers

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12

We have no power on our own. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing. 

But there is good news! God has given us his word as a tool to break chains and to fight against the darkness. In Isaiah God says that he sends his word out and it ALWAYS produces fruit. It WILL PROSPER everywhere he sends it.

We may not have any power, but we serve a God that has endless amounts of power. If his word doesn’t return void, then we can trust that when we add his word to our prayers, we will begin to see his power at work in our lives.

What are some things that you have been praying about but have not seen any improvement? Find a verse that speaks to whatever your need is and begin to add it to your prayers. You don’t have to have it memorized, write it down on an index card and repeat it throughout the day.

One that I like to use when I feel like giving up is Psalm 51:10 that says “Create in me a pure heart O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Say your prayers out loud

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There is power in our words. Have you ever been hurt by what someone has said to you? Or have you ever felt the joy of an encouraging word?

What we speak has the potential to become who we are. 

If our words have power even though we are powerless, how much more power will the word of God have?

We must speak our prayers out loud. Everything has to bow to the name of Jesus. When we use his word and pray in his name, the floodgates of Heaven will be open and he will pour out his blessing on us.

Saying  prayers out loud remind us that He is in control.

There is just something  so encouraging about praying out loud.

If you aren’t used to doing it, it will feel silly at first. Do it anyway. I promise you won’t regret it. Push past the awkward, and watch God move in a bold way as you walk in boldness in your prayer life!

Are you having a hard time praying because you feel like God let you down? Have you been walking through a hard season and don’t know how to pray because of your pain and confusion? I’ve been there and I wrote a devotional just for you! You can grab a copy of my Fifteen Day Devotional… Habakkuk- Embracing the Journey through Seasons of Pain and Confusion here.

 

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3 Reasons Why the Dishes are NEVER CLEAN

 

I did the dishes this morning… and now the sink is overflowing again. :/ And so I’m going to have to do them again this afternoon.. It’s the never ending cycle of dirty dishes… like a merry go round I can’t get off of. Anyone else relate to my struggle?

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So I find myself asking the question “WHY ARE THE DISHES NEVER CLEAN?” I mean, where is the dish fairy when you need her? (Oh wait.. I guess that would be me. Sigh.) So I have been sitting here feeling sorry for myself and my endless pile of dirty dishes… and the Lord begins to speak…

And so today I want to share with you the 3 reasons why the dishes are NEVER CLEAN.

#1- I’m Loving my People

My husband works long hours to provide for my family. He teaches Elementary PE.. Coaches Elementary Archery, High School Basketball, and we just opened a Basketball facility in our home town. Talk about a busy man! We also had our first baby boy back in July. The Lord has really been teaching me about his sacrificial love for others in this season.

I want the dishes to be completely clean all the time.. but when my husband comes home and I haven’t seen him and he wants to spend time watching our favorite TV show curled up on the couch, I am choosing to say no to the need to have perfectly clean dishes, and yes to quality time with my husband. When my baby boy is fussy and needs to be held, I’m saying no to having perfectly clean dishes, and yes to providing the comfort he needs. 1 John 3:16 NLT says “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

If Christ laid down his life for me, I can most certainly lay down my desire to have a perfectly clean kitchen for the sake of others.   Tweet: If Christ laid down his life for me I can certainly lay down my desire to have perfectly clean dishes for others @jordantwhitlock

#2 I’m Learning to Trust God

When we first got married, we ate out A LOT.

My husband is a super picky eater, and I struggle with being disciplined so eating out was always just a quick fix. In this season of a new business venture, we have to make smart financial decisions. Even though eating out is quick and easy in the moment, it will not produce life for us in the future. And so.. I am making an intentional effort to cook.. a lot. I’m getting a chance to learn new recipes and supply food for my family out of the abundant supply God has given us. There is less of us wondering “What’s for supper?” and more of us eating the food that God has so beautifully supplied.

Luke 12:29-31  “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.”

#3 I’m Enjoying the Life God has Given Me

We spend so much of our lives stressing about what isn’t perfect. We miss the people right in front of us because we are worried about the mess around us.
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Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 says “So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.” The need to have perfectly clean kitchens is robbing us of enjoying ourselves. So I’m deciding to be okay with dirty dishes sometimes. I’m choosing to eat and drink and enjoy the gifts God has given me. 

Embrace the mess today and let go of the need to be perfect. In letting go, we will finally be free to enjoy the gifts God has given us.

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