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“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14

How can we be courageous in waiting?

Relinquishing our control can be such a struggle because it is human nature to desire immediate action and instant gratification. It is an arduous responsibility to abandon our dreams, our desires and our plans to God. When we control our day, we can anticipate a general outcome. But, when we allow God to control our day, He does what He wants when He wants. Scary, isn’t it? This is where a courageous heart is necessary.

God does not require us to comprehend the elaborate details; He expects us to abandon our control, follow His guidance, obey His voice, and be confident in His plan.

Waiting on God is proof of trust because our flesh reacts to waiting.

What is God asking from you today? Are you questioning the process and uncertain of the end result? God is imploring you to be courageous by waiting on Him.  You have an assurance today; God will strengthen your heart. You will never encounter regret when you step out in faith to follow God’s plan for your life and you will never be disappointed when you trust Him with the details of your life.

Prayer: Sometimes it is so difficult for me to be patient and to relinquish control to You, Lord, but I pray that You will help me to wait on You. You see my weaknesses and I desire Your strength to permeate every area of my life. I love you, Lord. Today, I will be courageous and wait on You!

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: And in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.” Psalm 51:6

Every meaningful friendship achieves its depth from sharing in one another’s failings, successes, dreams, and goals. It’s amazing how quickly relationships build when people’s walls are down, and they become vulnerable with each other.

To acquire intimacy with God, we need to be exposed in His presence. He desires truth in the inward parts. Your creator knows every detail of your life, but He desires for you to express to Him what you are feeling, what moves you to tears, and what your dreams are.

So many times in a state of brokenness we want to hide from God, but your experience will prove that if you bring your pain to Him, then He will draw you closer to Himself. Share your heart with God today, you can trust Him.

Prayer: Lord, break down the walls I have built in my life. Help me to understand that you will never leave me or forsake me. Help me to know that you care more about my situation and life than I do. Teach me to know Your wisdom.

 

Road trips are a summer staple. Sour worms, peach rings, and coolers filled with drinks will only lead to the inevitable … multiple bathroom stops. And is there anything more invigorating than having the music up full blast with your windows rolled down? This encapsulates the epitome of the perfect summer and for a moment in time, the perfect life.

That is until you take the scenic route to Florida with your annoying little brother in the back seat. “Are we there yet?” brings on a whole new meaning, your sanity depends on arriving as soon as possible. The people who say, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey,” must not have younger siblings.

Waiting to get to your destination is not always fun or exciting. The minutes drag on. Seconds feel like days and days feel like months. Waiting to get your driver’s license is unpleasant or waiting to graduate High School can be exhausting. Waiting to get married can be lonely and waiting to buy a home is frustrating. The list goes on and on and on.

The question “Am I there yet,” faces every person eventually.

When You Don’t Have Life ‘All Together’

I grew up under the illusion of when I became an adult that I would have everything together. But, I don’t. Can you relate? Have you ever analyzed someone else’s life and thought, “I should be at a different place in my life ” or “I should have accomplished more by now.”

Maybe you’re graduating High School this year, and you have no idea where you are going to attend College when it seems like all of your friends have their futures mapped out. Maybe you are in College, and some of your friends are married, own a new home and expecting their first child, and you think to yourself, “All I own are books and the furniture I bought at Goodwill.” Questions like, “Did I choose the wrong path?” haunt you at night.

You Are Distinctly Different

It is okay if your dreams, your goals, and your ministry are different from everyone else because we serve a God who is infinitely original, and you have been created in His image. You are distinctly different and when you try to be someone you’re not, it’s like telling a fish to climb a tree – it’s impossible.

One of the most debilitating things you can do is compare your ministry, your career, your finances, your education and your relationship status (or whatever) with other people. On the other hand, one of the most freeing things you can do is find a place with God and allow Him to reveal your God-given purpose. God desires to take your flaws, your strengths, your weaknesses and use your journey for His glory. Take the time in prayer to discover what makes you, you.

Everything you have been through gives you exclusive characteristics that are different from other people. God needs the uniqueness of your personality to reach this world.

When the question, “am I there yet,” dances across the corners of your mind, try not focus on how far you still have to go, but celebrate the considerable distance you’ve covered.

Words of advice? Do not judge your beginning by someone else’s middle and try not to get discouraged by the fact that it will take time to grow. Growth will always produce permanent change; an oak tree will never become an acorn again. So, try not to fixate on the, “Am I there yet,” and be encouraged that you are a stronger and more capable person today because of things you learned yesterday.

by Angela Overton
Reposted with permission from angelaoverton.com