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The waiting – Week 1blog Holiday

The waiting – Week 1blog Holiday

Waiting – we want to know more about this don’t we.

waiting

I am taking a blogging holiday but will be posting something to think about and giving a chance for others to continue linking at Word of God Speak. #WOGSlinkup

In order to be fit and ready I am going to spend more time with Him this summer.

A few posts to look at:

God said Whoa

Hope Now and Forever

God’s Timing

What I Learned During My Last Blogging Holiday

Blessings as you write for Him,

Janis

Today is Word of God Speak Linkup


#UTCOP – How God Answers Prayer

How God Answers Prayer

by  Brenda j Wood

how-does-God-answer-prayers

According to the experts, several things have to line up before God is able to give a yes answer to our prayers.

I always think of a NO as God saying “Don’t hurt your self. This isn’t good for you right now.” Think of a five-year-old praying for a driving license and getting it!

Sometimes we have to GROW before we can handle the change.

I was already a public speaker when I first came to know Jesus. I prayed to go out and tell the world about him. The trouble is I didn’t know anything! God wisely kept that prayer aside for many a year.

When the circumstances aren’t right the answer is SLOW! You might be ready, but the rest of the world isn’t. Look at Paul ready to go to into Asia or Bithynia but forbidden to do so. However Macedonia was ready; Paul was ready and God said “GO.”

And Paul and Silas passed through the territory of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Word in [the province of] Asia. And when they had come opposite Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas.  [There] a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man from Macedonia stood pleading with him and saying, Come over to Macedonia and help us (Acts 16:6-9, AMP)!

That GO is God’s yes. Let us not be discouraged by what God tells us. He is all-knowing and His answer is always for our best.

Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah) (Colossians 3:24, AMP).

 

Prayer:

Lord, we pray that you always respect the prayers of your servants and our supplications. O Lord our God, listen to the cry and the prayer which we your servants pray before you. In Christ’s name. Amen (from 2 Chronicles 6:19-AMP)

Tweetable:

Sometimes we have to grow before we can handle the change. (tweet this)

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
The Pregnant Pause of Grief: the first trimester of widowhood

Read more at:
http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com
facebook – www.facebook.com/brendawoodspeaker

Can You Wait?

Can You Wait?

Photo credit: Jacob Bøtter, retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Crocus-jakecaptive.jpg)

Photo credit: Jacob Bøtter, retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Crocus-jakecaptive.jpg)

by Susan Hitchman

Why do we buy potted tomato plants in spring instead of tomato seeds in winter? Why do we see movies on their opening weekend instead of several weeks or months later? Why do we stop by fast food restaurants instead of pulling a recipe book out of the cupboard?

 Because we are a generation that just cannot wait.

Some things can’t be rushed, though. The crocuses and hyacinths that are flaunting their purple petals in the garden kept us waiting all winter to see their fresh spring faces. The newborn baby that was due a week earlier kept her family wondering, breathlessly awaiting her arrival.

 And prayer is a lot like spring flowers and babies’ births.

James, bishop of the first church in Jerusalem, wrote about the relationship between prayer and waiting, saying:

Be patient, then, brothers…( James 5: 7-18, NIV).

Just like the farmer waits for crops to ripen and rains to come, we pray and wait. Just like believers anticipate Christ’s return, we pray and wait. Just like Job yearned for better times and we long for suffering to be over, we pray and wait.

There is nothing instant about the process of prayer, is there?

James reminds us that even Elijah, the LORD’s prophet, needed to wait. He waited three long years to have his prayer answered, ending a paralyzing drought. And somehow, James invites us to be women and men like Elijah.

He coaxes us to accept the challenge, to see prayer as an identifying marker of our faith. It is an expression of our belief in the immortal, invisible, eternal One who exists outside of time. For Him, a day is no different than a thousand years, or a thousand years than a day.

From His vantage point, God can see when a prayer’s answer will most transform lives.

And while we wait, God is not idle. We who pray are being changed; our faith is stretched, our motives are purified, our concern for others is deepened. We become as we pray.

Make a mental note: the next time we see a spring flower or a baby, a new blockbuster or a fast food restaurant, let’s think about prayer and waiting. Let’s embrace the partnership between the two that can be, as James reminds us, powerful and effective.

We who believe are called to wait.

The One who calls us is faithful and He will do it.

 Tweetables:

There is nothing instant about the process of prayer, is there? (tweet this)

We who believe are called to wait. (tweet this)

Sue Hitchman

Susan Hitchman

Sue  seeks to integrate the adventure of following Christ with her roles as wife, mother of five, co-leader of a women’s Bible study group and parent prayer group, and retreat speaker.  She is a member of The Word Guild and NCWA. Outdoor pursuits (cycling, gardening, hiking, & kayaking) remind her of God’s creative bent and constant presence. She writes to encourage others in their journey of faith in God.  Visit her blog at: Word Made Flesh

How Long Will You Wait?

How Long Will You Wait?

by S.D.Hitchman 

The Children of Israel Crossing the Jordan (il...

The Children of Israel Crossing the Jordan (illustration by Gustave Doré) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Apparently Pablo Picasso once said:

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

Interesting thought. This puts a new spin on procrastination. It shows us that procrastination is a tool for prioritization. Whether actively or passively, when we ‘put off until tomorrow’ we are making choices. Both the things we do ‘today’ and those we delay until ‘tomorrow’ reveal our values. You might even say that we always do the things we really want to do.

In the eighteenth chapter of Joshua, the leader of the Israelites observes the divvying up of the recently possessed Promised Land. Five tribes have their allotments. Seven have not. Forty years of wanderings in a desert followed by the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River and conquest of Jericho have effected five tribes’ action. Seven remain in passivity. In exasperation, Joshua challenges the hangers-on:

How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you (Joshua 18:3, NIV)?

Perhaps this is a call many of us need to hear regarding our prayer lives. What if we were to imagine our ideal relationship with God. How much would we praise Him? How often would we thank Him? What great mysteries would we want explaining by Him? How often would we sit at His feet in quiet comfort? Let’s call all of this our Promised Land.

Might it be fair to say that having been given new life in Christ we have come into our inheritance?

Is not communion with God something waiting
to be possessed by those who will actively choose it?
(tweet this)

I hear those words, “How long will you wait?” speaking directly to me.

My prayer life must expand. The territory is vast. (tweet this)

It’s flowing with milk and honey, clusters of fruit too large to carry. To have been given the opportunity to communicate with the Creator of the Universe is an awesome gift. Enough passivity; no more procrastination.

I am not willing to die having left undone
a greater focus on prayer today.
(tweet this)

How about you?

Sue Hitchman

Susan Hitchman

Sue  seeks to integrate the adventure of following Christ with her roles as wife, mother of five, co-leader of a women’s Bible study group and parent prayer group, and retreat speaker.  She is a member of The Word Guild and NCWA. Outdoor pursuits (cycling, gardening, hiking, & kayaking) remind her of God’s creative bent and constant presence. She writes to encourage others in their journey of faith in God.  Visit her blog at: Word Made Flesh

IS GOD IN A HURRY?

Is God in a Hurry?

by Rose Harmer

How long does it take for an oak tree to get this big?

One day as I took time to listen to God, this is what I heard!

 I do things slowly.

When you look at an oak tree,
know it takes years to mature,
yet when it is fully grown, many people will enjoy its shade,
birds will build their nests in its branches, 
and squirrels will gather its acorns for their winter food.

Moses was eighty years old before he was requested
to lead the children of Israel.

When you walk and work with Me, it is not speed that is important
but it is learning to know what I want you to do – in the moment.

In today’s journey, enjoy my sunshine,
and I will arrange your life to flow together without tension or worry.

Watch how projects can be done graciously, without hurry or frustration.

You have seen beautiful, peaceful rivers running through mountain valleys
bringing necessary water to the lush farms along their banks.

I came to bring living water to you and to those whose lives you touch.

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Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.  Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.