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
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
So we made is back to Barbados and waited at the luggage carousel for more than thirty minutes when someone finally arrives to tell us our luggage is still in St. Vincent. Why? Because it was either only part of … 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!
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.
I have big news!
God sized news!!!
We had three…3…ThReE … pray to receive Christ as their Lord and Savor last night!!!!
I am so exited to hear and see so many decisions made by our students!!!!!! God moved in our group last night and I can’t wait to see what today will bring with it!
My prayer for this week has been for God to move me out of the way and work among our students. As I continue to pray this prayer I hope you will begin to pray that same prayer of your children, students, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, youth group, whomever.
Last week was week 22 of my prayer journey and the first week that I didn’t reach out to each of the women on my prayer list. The previous week I only had 8 women responds to my text and I was discouraged. I am still praying for all of the women the best I know how, but it isn’t always easy to pray when you don’t know what or how to pray. I am unsure of what God is directing I do with this journey, but I am sure that He will reveal His plan or desire in due time. I added a new woman to my list last week and will continue to pray for all of my friends, but as for now, I don’t know how to proceed.
Do I continue to text everyone and hope that it doesn’t annoy them to have this crazy Christian lady asking how she can pray for them? Or do I just pray the best I know how and wait for them to contact me with prayer needs?
Yesterday was my birthday. It was a good day, but by the end of the day I was struggling. I thought that by 27 I would have at least one child. Last night as I tried to sleep I found myself without hope. At times I slip into this state of hopelessness. Kyle reminded me that we have hope in the Lord.
Today I will “REJOICE IN HOPE, BE PATIENT IN TRIBULATION, PRAY CONSTANTLY.” (Romans 12:12)