Saturday, October 06, 2012

Still waiting on the Lord

2012 has been my year of focusing on "Waiting on the Lord."  It's been an interesting year.  I never thought when I began this year I would go through all I have gone through.  Especially with my dad graduating to Heaven.  

I have been meeting with my accountability partner (when we can) going through a study.  It's been very clear that God has directed our lives to do this study. I'm thankful to have this study and help me become the woman God is creating me to be.  I know He has had His hand on me through my life.  

God has taught me a lot about the different aspects of waiting.  Waiting is sometimes being still, but the majority of the time it's waiting in action form.  I was reading my devotional today from "Our Daily Bread." I want to share this with you all today.

You’d think I would have my mother’s fingerprints embedded in my knee from all the times she squeezed my leg in church and whispered in no uncertain terms, “Be still.” Like any boy, I had a bad case of the wiggles in places like church. So for years, when I read, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10), I thought of it in terms of not being antsy.
But the Hebrew word for still means “to cease striving.” It’s the concept of putting your hands down and letting God intervene in your situation without your interference. This word picture is interesting, since we often use our hands to push things out of our way, to protect ourselves, or to strike back. When we drop our hands, it makes us feel defenseless and vulnerable—unless we can trust that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (v.1), and that “the Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (v.7). In other words, stop struggling and wait on God to do His work!
In the face of all of life’s circumstances, we can know the peace of trusting the presence and power of God in the midst of trouble as we wait patiently and prayerfully for His deliverance. So drop your hands, for God’s hands are busy on your behalf!
Be still and know that He is God
For pathways steep and rough;
Not what He brings but who He is
Will always be enough. —Anon.
When we put our problems in God’s hands,
He puts His peace in our hearts.
I love how the words for "still" in Hebrew mean "to cease striving."  How many times do we think being still means just sitting. Just like waiting is just a not action.  While waiting on the Lord, I will drop my hands out of the way and let Him do the working :)

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Missing my daddy

October is here, and I've been missing my daddy a lot.  A friend of mine went over to the Community Hospice in Ashland to look for some of the bricks.  She found my daddy's brick and I sent copies to my brothers and sisters.

Most of the time I'm living life in a new normal, but there are times that sadness comes over me.  I know my dad is in Heaven (a better place), but it's still hard to come home knowing that he's not waiting for me in his chair.  

I'm so thankful that my dad taught me about Jesus and His gift of salvation to us.  Because I have accepted Jesus' gift, I will get to see my dad again one day.  

Having that hope is a comfort.