Waiting

5.19Have you ever waited for days or years for something you’ve really wanted? You already know it’s in God’s plan but it’s just not happening? It could be anything from getting married, having a baby, financial issues, buying a new car, moving to a new house, getting the right job… Of course you have. We all have.

The people of our time and culture are impatient waiters. We want it now. We want it our way, now.  Yet, if patience is the fruit of the spirit within us, why are we so impatient? Why are we so unwilling to ‘wait upon the Lord‘?

When I graduated from college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education I expected to have an immediate teaching job offered to me. Well, that didn’t happen! (At that point, there were more teachers than jobs, especially in specialized area’s like music.) God had decided I needed to grow more first. So for 10 years I substitute taught, opened my own piano studio, and learned more about being His child and being a teacher.

But, I knew only a part of His plan for my life. My Spiritual Gift was teaching. I knew that. I prayed about that. Yet, it seemed I was being blocked for some reason. What was going on? Why was my life not moving forward in the way I thought it should?

I still don’t know the why’s but I do know these things about the wait. First, I was not ready. I had much to learn. God wanted me to be the best teacher I could be. Not just in the public school elementary classroom. His plan was so much bigger than that! Second, He wanted me to teach His Word. He wanted me to be prepared to help others as they searched for meaning in their own lives.

He wanted me to depend completely on Him in both areas. He was determined not to move me forward until I was ready. He can be stubborn. (Have you discovered that, too?) When I finally gave up and gave in (To His plan.) He started opening doors.

How did I learn to know what He wanted for me? He showed me through:

  • His Word – As I read there would be a sudden answer in a specific verse.
  • Those He put in my life.  Many friends and colleagues who supported and prayed.
  • Remembering that His creation took 6 days. He showed me that even though He could have created the earth and the heavens at a snap of the fingers, He took the time to do it right. Through His Word He was showing me a picture of patiently waiting.

His plan made all the difference and He wasn’t about to let me do it my way.  I have spent many years teaching His Word and will continue until He opens the door to Heaven. I spent 30 years in the public education system as an elementary teacher and principal. Even now, I’m still teaching! God opened the doors after I retired from public school education to a new career as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher/tutor to people from all over the world. I’m still teaching His Word in my church, in a private home Bible Study, through this Blog and other Social Media.

He cared so much that he made me wait!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

This post is in response to Week 12 of Deb Wolf’s 52-week Devotional Journal for Women.

Perservere

Each year I choose “One Word” to help focus and define the days ahead.  This time I was quite challenged.  I had prayed and thought and talked and listened and waited.  Finally, the word was made plain to me.  It would be a year to perservere.

I was quite surprised at the many different words that mean the same thing as I looked for the One Verse that would underscore 2020 for me.  I chose James 1:4 and found that persevere can be translated as patience, endurance, steadfastness, strength, and wait(ing).

Although the NIV is my preferred translation for memorization (as seen above) the VOICE Bible with its preceding verses was quite interesting.

The MESSAGE, another favorite of mine adds to the meaning, also.

The New Living Translation says it like this,

It looks like I’m going to have an interesting and busy year. Hopefully, the joys and the challenges will be tempered with a new sense of perseverance.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Quit Gloating

Have you heard this? “I knew that would happen!” “S/he got what s/he deserved!” “Told ya!” There’s a word for enjoying another person’s consequences.  Epicaricacy means ‘delight in another person’s misfortune’.

God has plenty to say about this and when that happens we can know where He stands on the issue and what He wants us to do about it.  So let’s dig in…

Do not gloat when your enemy falls

God knows everything, every thought, every moment of our lives.  He knows what we’ve done, said, or thought.  You cannot hide from Him.  Sure, we know when someone has failed or worse, sinned.  God says, “Let Me handle it!”  The writer, Solomon, is saying that if we dish out disapproval  He will turn toward us instead of the person it’s aimed at.  Trust me, I’d rather have someone fail miserably than have God point His finger at me.

If I have rejoiced at my enemy's misfortune...

Job 31 is a list of the ways Job could have sinned and hidden in it is the verse above.  Read the whole chapter and you’ll discover that Job understood, totally, what God wanted him to do and he practised it.  He was not a gloating, self-centered person.  He had a very clear picture of what God wanted and he followed through.

Since God chose you to be the holy people whom He loves

And so, what does God want of us?  We are to be merciful.  We are to choose kindness and gentleness.  We are to model patience.  We are to forgive like God has.

Marie

Recall Notice

Sometimes I wonder if God would just like to RECALL the whole project.  I know He loves Go and sin no more!us more than anything but I really think He gets tired of it all.  Don’t you?  A dear friend sent me this and I thought it would be good for all of us to read.

Dear Human.

The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype unit’s code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.  This defect has been identified as “Subsequently Internal Non-morality”, more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.  Some of the symptoms include but are not limit to:

Loss of direction…Foul vocal emissions…Amnesia of origin…Lack of peace and joy…Selfish or violent behavior…Depression or confusion…Fearfulness…Idolatry…Rebellion

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect.  The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs.  There is no additional fee required.

Duerer_praying_handsThe number to call for repair in all areas is: P-R-A-Y-E-R.  Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure.  Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.  No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.  Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.

WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems to numerous to list, and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded.  For free emergency service, call on Jesus.

Fiery FurnaceDANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace.  The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility.

 

God Letter Closing

 

P.S. Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by ‘Knee Mail’!