It as only now that I read this blog and glad I did.
Yes, waiting is never easy is it? And yet as you rightly say we are asked to 'wait on Him'...Often His time frame is not like ours. One thing I have found as I intercede and wait (yes, for years) that He begins to do a work in my life and my relationship with Him and my understanding of Him deepens. Sometimes it's not just about the answers but what He teaches me in my struggle, or longing or desire...It reminds me too of the heart of God who shares our pain and struggle and so He continues to mould me as I wait.
Yes, like David, Abraham waited 25 years for the son of promise; Moses lived as a shepherd for 40 years (his university of learning I believe) till at age 80 God called Him...and then another 40 years and not allowed into the promised land! Yes, 'many waits'!
But thanks for this reminder and the 'hope' we have as we wait. With you in prayer for your physical pains and some of the desires of your heart.
He IS faithful!
lots of love
Subject: Waiting Patiently
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Hi Beloved sis,
Thanks for sharing and responding to my blog. I totally agree with what you said. That often it's not about the results of our prayers but the work God does in us as we wait. Then it is also our relationship with Him that has a chance to flourish and deepen in that waiting period.
Praise God that His ways are so different to ours. And so much better. Thanks for your prayers too dearest sis.
And yes, He is always faithful.
Subject: His Door is Always Open
What a beautiful and comforting post. I'm sitting at Hurstville Private Hospital, waiting for my darling daughter to come back from surgery. I don't expect that to happen before 1pm, but it gives me time to ponder, read a little, and catch up on reading some blogs :-)
I always enjoy your writings, but this one is very timely and special. It's way too easy to forget that His door is indeed always open for us, but we need to remember to walk through.
Samantha was very frightened as she has never had surgery (only at 18 months, but she doesn't remember that of course), no stitches, no broken bones ... nothing whatsoever. I prayed with her as best as I could. Most of the prayers were inside my heart, as she's not a church goer (at the moment).
Anusha, you're always in my heart and on mind. I hope your fibro isn't too bad today. We are having a cooler change in Sydney today and tomorrow, but then the heatwave will begin again. I know I shouldn't complain, but this summer the heat and humidity has been incredible. It makes everything HURT. Take care of your beautiful self my dear friend. I shall write some more when I get home to Samantha's house, and I can use the WiFi :-)
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How lovely to hear from you. Always a pleasure. I'm so glad the blog helped even a little bit. Waiting for your precious daughter to come out of surgery can't be easy at all and I feel for you. I hope and pray she recovers well my friend. I will add my prayers for dear Samantha. And for you. I'm so sorry about the hot and humid summer you have been having in Sydney - I've heard about it and can the temps have been rising sky high. Praying for your pain to subside sweet friend. Thank you - my fibro is better today. You too dear Jo'Anne. May God refresh you and take away the pain. May He bring total healing to your daughter.
Much love and hugs and prayers,
Subject: A better view
Anu dear, let me try my luck this time.
God said "you will seek Me and find Me, if you seek me with all your heart." I kept seeking Him and He gave me two lessons to take with me into the New Year. The first lesson was, "beware of the 2 thieves that come to rob you. They are ''yesterday & tomorrow." Yesterday reminds you of the past mistakes & mire and keeps taking you on the road to regret. Tomorrow makes you think of the challenges and worries you will face. Both rob you of the Joy of Today. So keep enjoying today and forget about yesterday & tomorrow! Jesus will hold your hand Today.
The other lesson was, always keep looking inwards and Gaurd your heart . The minute you look outsid of yourself, at eye level you see only hurts, sickness, slander, negativity that drags you down. Jesus says, you look inwards and guard your hearts and I will look after the outside. What a comfort, how wonderful.
I have started practicing it and the Lord will be our crowning glory for this year 2017.
God bless you and yours. May His Face shine upon you and give you His Peace.
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Thank you for trying again and yes, this time you succeeded. Well done! I love the two lessons God gave you to take into the New Year. They are both very valuable lessons on life's journey. I have been taught those lessons many times on my own journey and will take them with me as well into 2017 since they are both needed and helpful.
Proverbs 4:23 says ''Guard your heart for it is a wellspring of life''. Yes, guarding our hearts is so essential isn't it? And I do agree that both the past and the future can rob of us of the present so it's a very good reminder. I have a journal every year called Énjoying God'' - and I started filling my 2017 Enjoying God journal too. I love it how you said we need to keep enjoying today without looking back at the past with regret or the future with fear. So yes, we will enjoy today - this moment and the next and live it well and wisely with our hearts fixed on Jesus.
Thanks so much for sharing. I hope others read this too and are blessed.
God bless you richly in 2017 and beyond.
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Dear Chits and Anusha,
What a wonderful way to work through life. I always try to do these things, but often I forget that He is always here for me, and I don't have any need to worry, as He has everything under His control. He actually wants us all to enjoy, just today, this moment :-)
God bless you always with His most precious gifts.
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Hi sweet Jo'Anne,
Lovely to hear from you. You are right that we only have this moment in time to live - sometimes we do tend to live forwards or backwards don't we?
God bless you beautiful Jo'Anne and may His peace and strength and hope be yours today in full measure.
Praying for you,
Much love and a hug too,
Subject: A Better View
Thank you for sharing and putting into words so well what I too have learnt this past year and often a verse form the poem The Weaver comes up and YES ALL things work together for good in that adversity draws us so much closer to Him and it is not so much about receiving but learning the heart of God and getting to know Him more intimately.
Bless you and may He continue to you use your journey (although I pray daily for physical healing for you) to bless and encourage .
From The Weaver:
That it’s He who flies the shuttle,
it’s He who knows what’s best,
so we must weave in patience,
and leave to Him the rest . . .
Not till the loom is silent,
and the shuttles cease to fly,
shall God unroll the canvas,
and explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needed,
in the Weaver’s skillful hand,
as the threads of gold and silver,
in the pattern He has planned.
God bless you sis.
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Beloved Sis, Sal,
Thanks for your loving encouragement and prayers for me over 2016 and am so glad you and I have been learning similar lessons in 2016. Now we see dimly as through a glass but one day we will see it all clearly as we bask in God's nearer Presence. What a day that will be.
Loved the words from 'The Weaver'- thanks so much for sharing. I shall look it up and read all of it.
Yes, intimacy with Jesus is what it's all about isn't it? Praise God He challenges us to seek Him more through every challenge and causes those very obstacles to be places of climbing higher and closer to Him. He is a Good Good Father and how blessed we are in Him.
Much love and every warm wish for 2017 to you and Chandran and your beautiful family.