Thursday, May 30, 2019

May Hit Me Hard + Wait and See

I recently picked up a book that I've picked up before but, never finished. "Wait and See" by Wendy Pope. As I'm reading through the pages, I wanted to share a few things with you.

Ever since last Spring, when Nick and I felt the call to expand our family, we have been waiting. You can read the post from last May, here: Faith Over Fear + A Second Child.

This month kind of hit me hard. It's been an entire year since we took that faithful step from "maybe"  wanting another child one day to "yes". An entire year of waiting. I have had days of doubt, days of sadness and, by the grace of God, I have days filled with an undeniable hope and assurance beyond understanding.

In the book, "Wait and See", Wendy says that "waiting is inevitable. Waiting with hope and courage is optional."

I started out this year waiting well. I lost nearly 15 pounds from January to April, all with preparing my body for another pregnancy in the back of my mind. When May came, and it still wasn't a reality, it hit me hard. I did gain some weight this month. I did not "wait well" in May. However, now that I've picked up this book again, I am being reminded of how good God is even in this season of waiting.

I'll be closing out today's post with some more quotes from Wendy's book and, a song that has been very dear to my heart:
"God tucks a dream deep in your heart. You believe Him for the completion of this dream. You patiently do all the "right" things. Then you wait." 
"The wait is more about experiencing God than enduring the delay."
"Waiting well looks forward to the future while staying present in the present. Waiting well means I remain open to God and allow Him to move me toward the future He has planned, in His time." 
"When we ask God to show us His plan, we begin to align our heart with His heart. The door opens to experience God in deeper, more real ways. We still wait, but we deepen our knowledge of His character and goodness. We learn to trust that God acts on behalf of those who are willing to wait and see (Isa. 64:4) and that He does immeasurably more than we can think or imagine (Eph. 3:20). As we wait, we find peace in God's plans and hope in His pauses. Our focus moves from the object of our wait to the Person of our faith." 
"The wait and see is a time of action, excitement, and joy when we join God in His plans for our life." 
"Yet when my trust wavered, I recognized my only hope was to return to this place of surrender, again and again."   
"I came to see His pauses as a safeguard and comfort. I came to view Him as a trustworthy advocate. He is for me. He is for you." 
"The Lord longs for us to reach out to Him and ask for help, clarity and direction. See what James 1:5-8 says: "If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who 'worry their prayers' are like wind-whipped waves. Don't think you're going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift in sea, keeping all your options open". In this  verse, James clearly tells us we are to ask our Father for what we need. James says God loves to help."
"The anxiety over your future will change to living peacefully in God's pauses as you wait for Him to fulfill His plans. Instead of living in the shadow of depression, doubt and discouragement, you will bask in the light of hope, trust and security." 
"If we want to wait well and experience all God has for us in the midst of our waiting, we have to be honest with Him about our fears and struggles. We also have to ask Jesus to give us eyes to see through a lens of hope and a heart molded by faith that He is working for our good and His glory."

"A common misconception might be that if I am waiting, I must not have heard God correctly We can redirect the negative thoughts we often receive by revisiting the moments when we sensed the Lord's nudging. Reliving the moments of pure excitement we experienced when we felt the prodding of Hid Spirit with extinguish uncertainty that tries to creep in to steal our joy." 
"We need to prepare in the pauses so we're ready to embrace God's plans." 
"God seldom hands out passes so you can avoid the wait and skip to the front of the line. That's not a bad thing, as painful as it is at the time. A rush through the wait has the potential to stunt our spiritual growth and dull our senses to what God wants us to learn as a result of our wait. James 1:2-4 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get our of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so that you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way." 
"Waiting isn't meant to be a grueling process. What if we view it as a pause or interlude, a place we can experience the peace of God while He works in us so He can work through us? He is actively working while we wait - a promise that never disappoints in the end - and that work somethings gets personal."

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