“Wait for the Lord; Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
Remember that dream God gave you, even the one from long ago? You have watered it, now, let it be! This is the hardest part of the process of your vision and passion the Lord has birthed within you. Waiting is not easy, fun, and it tests what we are made of. Waiting can be can be used to our advantage when we look at it through the Creator’s eyes.
Waiting is when we learn to draw closer to the Lord and it is when He beckons us to seek Him and hear His voice. Spend time with Him and yield to the Holy Spirit. He wants to prepare us for the reality that your dream will come to pass that He instilled in you. Are you ready? Are you ready to do what it takes? An orchid needs time to bloom, your house will take time to build, the call on your life from God needs preparation time. Allow God to bloom in your heart His heart’s desire. Spend time with Him so you can grow into His likeness. Allow God to build your ministry and dream behind the scenes while you pray for revelation and favor. Allow Him to breathe into your life all you will need, so He can take you to the desired place He has for you. He’s equipping you deeper as you spend time with Him.
Waiting, not a pleasant journey, for some discouraging. Yet, your “heart-a-tude” determines the journey! So, in that season of waiting, be productive and be open to what the Lord wants to do to prepare you. He is the Creator of our dreams and knows the perfect time for your dream to come ALIVE!
A Growing Heart
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns.” Isaiah 52:7
Recently my husband dropped me off in the Great Smoky Mountains to attend a post-abortion healing retreat, Go Deeper Still. He then went to stay in a campground and have his own retreat with the Lord. The mountains are God’s country, so peaceful, and yet very unpredictable in the path you follow at times. You have to be an experienced backpacker to know what to do when the path takes a different turn than you expected. Serving the Lord is the same way. We need to be willing to leave our comfort zone and totally depend on the Lord and where He is guiding us. This can be scary at times, and to be honest, it has for me lately.
I was recently reminded the Lord gives us the grace to go to the next level He is calling us to. Let go of where you came from and move on ahead. This is how we grow. The easy way of life is an escape of what the Lord has for you, the hardship He allows you to go through, helps your growth and getting to the next level and blessings He has for you. Be adventurous and see where the Lord takes you.
A Servant’s Humble Heart
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet”. John 13:14
Have you ever allowed someone to wash your feet clean and to perfection? If you are a woman reading this you have when you’ve gone for a pedicure! Sometimes your feet need extra attention because you have neglected them. You can’t believe you let it go this long. Yet when it’s all over, you walk away feeling lighter, refreshed and brand new.
Compare washing feet with what your Savior does for you. All of us come to Jesus broken with wounded hearts, trying to act like everything is okay. Yet our hearts are hurting and need Jesus’ cleansing blood to wash over us and begin to heal us. Many times He puts others in our path to begin to help us heal. We are Jesus’ hands and feet, His mouthpiece to serve others and meet them where they are. Are you willing to humble yourself and go where few want to go; to be a light in someone’s heart as The Great Healer uses you to serve and help others? Going to the messy, painful places with someone and walking this journey with them is not an easy task. Yet, the Lord will guide your steps and keep you humble along the way. In the end, the transformation of one’s heart is worth all you endured along the path.
A Reminiscent Heart
“Be careful not to forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” Deuteronomy 6:12
Have you begun to look over this past year and see where you were 12 months ago? Did you feel the Father’s arms holding you when you felt like giving up? Did you hear His voice encouraging you not to give up and you would make it? Did you see His hand upon your circumstances creating a way when there seemed no other way? Do you recall the ray of sunshine which showed you there is light at the end of the tunnel? OR, maybe your year was one of: “I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me! With God all things are possible”. My God is Jehova Jira, my provider! My God is rest, peace and all knowing!!
Those of us who have made the Lord Jesus, just that, the Lord in our life, know that life is not always perfect. The Lord has a purpose for all He allows in our life. As we begin to look back over our year, remember who brought you out of “your Egypt” and the life of bondage. He saw your struggles and felt your pain; He sees your successes and feels your peace. The Lord has a plan for you. He is all knowing, and that alone will give your heart a peace that passes all understanding. Don’t look back and regret, look back to see how far you have come. What did the Lord do to help you grow stronger and become totally dependent on Him? Be careful as you end 2016. Remember how much the Lord loved you as He walked 2016 with you and set your feet on the solid ground. Look forward to what is ahead. You may not know what is around the corner, yet your Lord does and He’s with you as you totally surrender and trust Him to walk with you once again, on a new journey of growth.