I just finished reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. This was a great read and I highly recommend it! Because I am unsure of how to explain everything I took away from the book I want to share some quotes … Continue reading
Oh, this song…it is hard to sing it because it is so true in my life right now. Trust—to place one’s confidence in; to hope; that which has been entrusted. Trust is so closely connected to faith. Faith—reliance, loyalty, or … Continue reading
For my birthday (back in May) my sweet husband gave me a book off of my Amazon wish list. Prayer Fatigue: 10 Ways to Revive Your Prayer Life by Jennifer Kennedy Dean. When I received the book I was excited … Continue reading
I have been in the Caribbean before. I’ve seen the Bahamas, St. Croix, and Jamaica. I have cruised from Miami to some islands and ridden in a car down to Key West. But I have never seen anything like St. … Continue reading
I began this year with a need to pray for the women in my life in specific ways. It has been a journey with ups and downs. Many prayers have been answered and many are still on hold. In the middle of June I had no clue who to add to my prayer lists. I was in the dark. It was quiet. God didn’t seem to place anyone on my heart except for a teenager from church and I wasn’t sure if that was where I was supposed to go or not. A teenager? Really? So for weeks I sat in the silence and prayed that God would show me where to head next with this journey.
At the end of my St. Vincent trip I looked back a how many weeks it had been since I added women to pray for. 6 weeks had gone by. SIX! I then realized that with the five women from my trip and the one teenager who had been on my heart back in June that God had already shown me who those six women were supposed to be. God is so good!
I had been up since 2 am. I was tired. I just wanted to be on the island. We flew from Atlanta to Miami. From Miami to Barbados. And from Barbados to St. Vincent. We had a planned layover for … Continue reading
Do you ever feel unsafe and crave a fortress that cannot be penetrated? I know I do. I crave to feel protected and safe. When I was a young girl (okay even still) I knew that when I was with … Continue reading
So Saturday night my husband said, “I think your going to fall in love with St. Vincent and we are going to move there.”
Talk about a scary thing to say. It terrified me. I don’t want to move there. I don’t want to leave the U. S. I don’t want to leave my family, job, friends.
Saturday night I had a nightmare. I dreamt that I woke up and Kyle had gotten rid of my dogs, sold our vehicles, sold our home, and shipped our stuff to St. Vincent.
Sunday I cried. I mean bawled like a baby out of fear for my dream coming true. Kyle tried to calm me and reassure me, but I was still nervous.
What if God calls? What if we are called to ministry on the island long term?
I called my mom today to talk about it and she called me on the carpet. “Danielle, you don’t like the unknown. You like to plan, prepare, and be in control. You can’t be that way this week. You can’t control what happens in the future. What scares you most is that you know God could call you to that island.”
She hit the nail on the head.
She then told me to stop worrying, enjoy my week on mission, and stay safe. Somehow, mom made everything seem okay. Moms have that gift I guess.
God, Go before me to the island. Prepare the children there for VBS. Prepare my heart and calm my nerves. Guide me in the way my life should go.
A dear friend emailed me this earlier this week. It touched my heart. Well, more like covered me with peace.
Requirements of Waiting
Waiting for God’s timing is neither passive nor idle–it takes discipline and commitment. I can think of four basic requirements for successful waiting.
Faith. The Lord’s ways and timing are nothing like ours (Isa. 55:8-9). From a human standpoint, He usually does things in a totally different way than we expect. But as we trust Him more, we’ll discover that His approach isn’t so strange after all. And when we live in harmony with God’s will, His timing starts to make sense.
Humility. To wait for the Lord, you must be convinced of your need for Him. Submission to His divine will requires humility–you cannot charge ahead with your own plans and at the same time be fully surrendered to God.
Patience. Are you willing to remain in your current position until you receive clear divine direction? Pausing for clarity from God does not mean that you disengage and allow circumstances to fall apart around you. Waiting upon the Lord is a deliberate decision that requires patience.
Courage. Waiting for God often takes courage, especially when there is pressure to act. If you’re not careful, you might stop listening to the Lord and follow other advice. So keep your ear attuned to the voice of Almighty God, and you won t go wrong.
Waiting upon the Lord is one of the wisest, most important decisions we make in life. And contrary to popular assumptions, it is an active endeavor that requires faith, humility, patience, and courage. When you rely upon God and wait for His timing, the various facets of life fall into place.
This was from http://www.intouch.org and Dr. Charles Stanley.
Thank you for sharing this with me Suzanne! You are such an amazing friend! God knew what He was doing when he placed me at CES with you.