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I don’t mind waiting!!!

The process of waiting on God has developed me in so many ways. I have learned that God’s timing for my life is perfect. When I wait on Him, my strength is renewed. In the book of Isaiah 40:31 (KJV), states that “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” My strength is renew because I am hopeful and not hopeless. I am able to accept my circumstances even though nothing about it has changed. His strength renews and changes my attitude towards my circumstances. I am now able to be content in my waiting and accepting of His plans for my life.

He also gives me enough grace to sustain me and to build my endurance. I can wait on God patiently without giving up or giving in. My focus is switch from trying to change my circumstances to placing my trust in the capabilities of God. James1:4 states that And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Waiting teaches me that Christ is enough for me. In Him, I truly have everything I need.

Lastly, waiting teaches me to appreciate the gifts and opportunities He blessed me with. For example, my husband is one of Gods greatest gift to me. When I find myself complaining about how he could be doing this and other things, the Lord quickly reminds on how I waited and prayed for him. The Word of God helps me to appreciate the good and the not so good part of him. When we wait on God and He does grant us what we were waiting for, it truly teaches us to be grateful for it, and appreciate it. So let us all “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and do not lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” If you have not received what you have been waiting for, it does not mean that you are less than perfect. It means God’s know what is best for you and His timing is perfect. You are perfect in Him only.

Psalm 27:14

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Waiting and fighting distractions

Today is my youngest daughter birthday, and I want to dedicate this to her. Happy birthday my sweet Julieanna..

In 2006, I could remember being frustrated because my current realities did not match up to where I desired to be. I was single, not in my career job environment, experiencing homeownership challenges, in debt with student loans, not sure of who I was, lost, and etc. I thought earthly things would bring me happiness and purpose. Yet, I forgot Ecclesiastes 1:14 that read – I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. The hard part was trying to trust in God, in my singleness, that He was sovereign and in control of my life. While everything around me felt like it was crumbling down, my personal morning devotion with God was the only thing that sustained me. It was as if God became my very best friend. I had to resist the temptation to believe that people’s opinion and culture define who I was and where I needed to be. My value was not in my current status. My worth and purpose were in Christ.

What I learned was that God allowed me to go through these pains and setbacks to connect with Him in a deeper level. There were many distractions that were trying to get me off course. How do I get back on course? One step was not to compare my current situations to others. There is a reason where you are at. If someone is further along, don’t believe that God has forgotten about you. Trust Him. Psalm 33:4 says that God is faithful in all He does. If He is faithful, He will surely guide you to where you need to be.

Today, my desire is that my daughter will soon learn her joy is not what she has around her, but Who she has within her (Christ).

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Three ways I can prioritize my relationship with God!

Today, I could remember when I was single, I had more free time to spend with God. So I would wake up an hour or two before work and worship him through songs, prayer, and journalizing. Honestly to prioritize Christ in your life will require you to make a sacrifice. So the question to ask ourselves is what are we willing to sacrifice to truly cultivate an authentic relationship and attitude towards our King of kings and Lord of lords.

Here are three ways that helps me prioritize my relationships with Christ

1. Daily worship and prayer,

2. Daily reading of His word, and

3. Practical application of his Word

Daily devotional can look differently based on the season of life you are in. The goal of daily devotion should be a desire to prioritize your relationship with your Savior Jesus Christ through worship and prayer. Like every relationship, the more time you spend with someone, the more you will know the person’s heart and his/ her love for you. Throughout the Bible, we noticed just how prevalent it is for God’s people to worship Him and be devoted to Him.  Worship is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. In Philippians 2:10-11, it states that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father. As a believer of Jesus Christ, it is truly a privilege for us to worship and pray to Him. The best thing about worship is it help us to focus on God and God alone.

Honestly, in the beginning of marriage and motherhood, I could admit that I struggled to find consistency in my daily devotional time with Him. Most of my devotional would be in the shower or whenever I could find some alone time. One of the advice I remembered receiving from one of the woman who I consider a role model was not to focus on the time but enjoy the moments in His presence. She told me to focus more on the quality of the time vs. the quantity of time.  We cannot prioritize God without reading and meditating on His word daily. In John 1:1, it states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. So there you have it we cannot love God and prioritize Him without reading His word and obeying what His word tell us to do. In addition, in the book of Joshua 1:8, it states to Study this book of instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

In my own personal life, I noticed that the only way I can truly live out God’s word in my life is when it truly takes residence in my heart. The knowledge of God’s Word is not enough to move me to make it a daily practice in my behavior or in my speech. For true repentance and change to occur in our lifetime, the word of God must be deeply rooted in our hearts. In Hebrews 4:12, states, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” See God desire is to change the innermost of our being because that’s were true transformation can take place. In Psalm 51:6 reads, “Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being. And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.”

To conclude, I have been doing a 40-day devotional in the books of Psalms that has truly help me in drawing closer to Him. This is my third time around going through the books of Psalms. I pray it will be a blessing to you too. Heres the links to it.

http://s7d9.scene7.com/is/content/LifeWayChristianResources/40DaysOfPrayer_final.pdf