God knows exactly where we are. We may think we should be further along, but we are exactly where we need to be. God has not lost track of us. He cares what happens to us. We are the ones that need reminding of care for ourselves and that He is waiting for us to put our care in His hands. He will energize us and renew our thinking. We simply need to turn to Him. We do this best when we wait for Him. When we long to hear from Him. When our dependence on Him is how we breathe. The biggest stronghold of our lives is when we think we can be given a direction by God and then do it without Him. We must slow ourselves down. We need to take time to talk to Him and pray for His will. We are not meant to be tired and weary, but we can let our weakness be the indication that we need more of Him. Through Him we will gain power and strength that will carry us through to the great plans for our lives.
Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV
Letting our lives to be led by confidence is how God intended for us to live. Unfortunately, much of the world is consumed with confusion and despair. We live in uncertainty because we do not rely on God. Reliance on God is our greatest strength. It teaches us to live in confidence and not fear. We learn to wait on Him, and peace fills our lives. Oftentimes, it is in the hurry to get somewhere we are trying to go that we lose what God needs for us to gain in order to move into what He has for us. We miss His plan way before we have even started, because we are on the world’s timeline and not His. We must focus on the goodness all around us and find trust in His ways. We only notice these subtle things when we move more slowly. Let us not quit, but simply take a more intentional approach to everything we do. We can have confidence in the pace of God.
Psalm 27:13-14 NIV
Considerations for your planner:
- Do you feel like you are where you are supposed to be? Write down where you are and ask God to help you understand what you are learning in this season.
- Are you confident in your path in life? Write down what confidence means to you.
A Story of Waiting:
I used to be quick to respond to everything I felt. This was never a good practice. I usually put my foot in my mouth and hurt someone’s feelings or simply said things that I regret. This way of being was all around an inconsiderate way of being. It took me years to notice there was an issue. I only started to recognize the problem when I realized how much I dwell on things.
Once I realized my quick retorts and how they were perceived I did a complete 180. I shelled up and just would not offer my opinion. I ended up bottling up many of my emotions. This felt like a disservice to myself. I often felt silenced or even taken advantage of.
I finally went to God. I asked Him to help me with my responses. When I feel the feelings of anger, sadness, regret, or really anything I go to Him. I ask Him for His consultation. Often He tells me to wait. Then He tells me to write it out. Sometimes He tells me to speak about my feelings with others. Always trusted sources mind you, so as not to gossip. This practice of going to Him first and waiting to respond has done wonders for my life. Learning to communicate not only with God in this way but with others has brought me much further in the plans I know He has for my life.
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