Monday, March 7, 2011

In the Meantime and Soli Deo Gloria Link-up Party

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In the Meantime…

The definition of “meantime” is the intervening time or period, as between events.

I asked God today, “What do I do in the meantime?  What do I do until the call comes in for a speaking engagement?  What if it never comes?”

It’s not so much that I don’t think I’ll be speaking to an audience one day.  God knows I’d actually probably like to get out of that.  But I am a person of action and honestly, I feel like I’m just supposed to wait for Him to tell me the next move.  Hence, my question…What do I do while I wait?

His response was rather unexpected. 

“Live.”

As I press more deeply into His words, as I lean in close to gather the whispers of His meaning, I realize that life is not about the big events alone.  The meanwhile is the precious time where God refills me again. So much of ministry is the pouring out of myself.  If I focus and live only for those moments, I neglect the process of replenishment.  I miss the opportunity to lie by quiet waters and have my soul restored.  I forego the opportunity to profess the thanks for the past and the present if I only continually look to the future.  I expect to see Him working out in me down the road, but forget His presence inside me now.  I pass by the opportunity to learn at His feet, to worship the One to be adored, to be still in His presence.  I forget to gather the peace.

The meanwhile is not a period of boredom.  The meanwhile is the exciting preparation, the heart expanding with love and teaching, the dull pieces polished, the brittle refined.  The meanwhile is a walk through the forest.  It’s the conversation between two friends.  It’s the gift of a daughter’s hug.  It’s a time of reflection, of looking in the mirror, and the choice to perhaps allow for change.  All in the meantime.

The meantime is full.



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23 comments :

  1. Jen - thank you. This is what I have been searching for over the weekend. the meantime..your words just fit tonight. I can almost breathe a sign of relief.
    enjoy your time with your dad and family. I will go visiting throughout the day tomorrow. Not feeling well tonight so I am heading off to bed after I link. I look forward to tomorrow to visit.
    xo:)

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  2. Live . . . I might add, and keep could track of what you discover as you live. Things you read that touch you, experiences that stand out, stories of your life . . . become the illustrations in your talks later.

    Enjoy the moments.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  3. When I asked the Lord this very question, He spoke to me through Miley Cyrus. It's the climb, not the mountaintops where most of life is lived. And most importantly, where my messages are lived. Long before they're shared.

    xoxo

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  4. the meantime is full. i like.

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  5. Jen, I hear you when you say waiting is difficult, it is for me to. What a beautiful thought, live in the meantime. Let's enjoy every second, years pass so very quickly.

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  6. i agree with glenda - i think you will need a storehouse of goods to go back to again and again as you step more fully into speaking. and how do you fill that storehouse up? by going inward, i think. by placing both hands around the wet rag He has given you and squeezing it with all your might. a process that takes your full attention if you are to notice every detail in the moment. love you!

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  7. A wondeful admonishment for me to read and digest.

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  8. And in the meantime...You are growing your roots even deeper which will make your writing/speaking that much richer. "Not now" is truly a gift - it doesn't mean "Not ever" but just "not now". Enjoy the "not now" because they are often the best parts of the journey.

    Have a wonderful day, dear friend!

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire
    http://www.mommyonfire.com

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  9. Oh, in the meantime, in retrospect, it can be the richest time of all. It's where He molds us, builds us up, and prepares us for His journey ahead. Yes, girl, it's where we live. Good stuff. Thanks for the reminder.

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  10. Jen, waiting always seems like 'not doing' but this is the time the Lord is feeding you, preparing you just as you said. I love that we get to share in your 'meantime' because it feeds us too.

    Have a super day Jen!

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  11. Jen, I loved this, so priceless...and I think the meantime is also a time to expand our hearts too. In rest and refreshment, but also in taking in and observing what is going on in the world in new ways...like this weekend and starting to read, 'Half the Sky'...i'm only at the introduction and a little of one chapter and i am undone--so thankful for the stopping to realize i need to enter this and pray to make a difference...if we know more of His heart, then it is good, right and even restful, right?

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  12. How wonderful. Remember you will be sharing of the fruit of your life when you do speak... it only makes sense to be watering your garden now.
    Love you!

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  13. Live I really identify with this.

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  14. I linked up before reading your post....but this was very much what I'd been thinking/praying about. I want to LIVE every moment, of every day for Him.

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  15. This is perfect. How often do we just sit and wait for the big things? How often do we wish the meantime away because it doesn't exactly fit with what WE have planned?

    I read a quote from an author once that said she wished she would have enjoyed her prepublished life more instead of being so focused on publication. She didn't know, but with publication, there would be much less "meantime" and it took much of the joy out of writing.

    Hope you are enjoying family time, Jen.

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  16. Definitely inspiring. I recently asked the Lord the same question and the response I got was 'make room'. We can often find ourselves so busy doing that we miss that still quite voice. Stay blessed...

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  17. What a great post! I had an "of course" moment when I read this, I have been asking the Lord a similar question... Thanks you so much for sharing your heart and this beautiful Tuesday space...

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  18. beautiful, Jen. Life happens in the waiting. And yes, the "meantime is full"...love that thought!

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  19. Yes, the meantime is NOW and NOW is the time to bask in His glory while we wait on the next step. A lot easier said than done I'm afraid. Blessings for your meantime! Hugs!

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  20. "As I press more deeply into His words, as I lean in close to gather the whispers of His meaning,"...oh yes...this is my lenten fast, my lifetime fast...less of me, more of Him...beautiful post and glad to link up!

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  21. "The meanwhile is the precious time where God refills me again." What a refreshing reminder. Thank you.

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  22. In the meantime is always a struggle for me. I think I've become entirely too instant gratification. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I'm interested in the Soli Deo Gloria sisterhood. I'm a new blogger and have never done this before. How does it work? Looks like the "linky" is closed, what ever that is..

    I'm trying to get to know other Christian artists. I'm a visual artist but I'm also interested in writing and public speaking.

    Hey, thanks Jen for visiting my site!

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