Monday, April 22, 2013

hoping is waiting and the Soli Deo Gloria Party

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You might also know this verse to read like this:
"Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength." (NASB)
What is the difference between HOPE and WAIT?  Nothing, if you are looking at the original Hebrew text.  In this part of Isaiah, he uses the Hebrew word qwh, which means to hope in or hope for.

To hope in God is the same as waiting for God.

When we wait for Him and hope in Him, He renews our strength.

I don't know about you, but when I put my hope in things of this world and when I try to manipulate circumstances or opportunities so that I will feel peace, I fail miserably.  In fact, I end up quite the opposite of how I had planned to be -- stressed out, tired, short-tempered.

This all came to a head a few weeks ago when I was struggling with fear that my husband was becoming a wee bit lackadaisical in his chapter writing progress.

In essence, I had set a schedule and I expected him to follow it. 

When he did not perform as I had hoped, I became a wee bit of a nagging wife.  I was AFRAID he was not accomplishing what he needed to and, truth be told, I also began to let my imagination get the best of me.

What if he's not writing because he gave into temptation?  What if he's having second thoughts about this book?  What if he's never going to write anything?  What if he's pulling away from me?  What if I have to start nagging him incessantly and he really does pull away from me and the book never gets published and I look like a fool and everybody will just shake their head at me and call us a failure and...

I don't know how you feel after reading that, but after writing it, I feel pretty exhausted.  Not renewed.  Worn out from imposing my own will on someone else because of my own fear.

Many times I don't practice waiting because I am too busy fearing.  You?

Somehow I have convinced myself that if I don't do something, nothing will happen.  You?

Lots of times I pull up my martyrdom britches, heave the heavy load of the weight of the world on my shoulders, and think I have no strength left to renew.  You?

All over the Bible God says that He's got a plan and we can follow it.  And this plan is for good and not for evil.  It's filled with a bright future and loads of hope.  So maybe that means loads of waiting, too, but I think I'm just fine if it means I'm waiting for something good.

And yet, I forget.  You?

I forget because waiting can seem so tedious.  The lack of knowing can feel overwhelming.  It's easy to give up when I forget who is in charge.

But that is the beauty of sisterhood, yes?  We can surround ourselves with people who remember when we cannot.

Who can you encourage today with His Word and His promises?  Who can you help remember?


T.R.U.S.T. Question: What are you trying to move and shift on your own strength? Can you come to a place where you wait and see how God moves first? What does that look like in your situation?

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13 comments :

  1. The fabulous Amy L. Sullivan has a terrific post today which she will probably link here shortly. In it, she quotes from the devotional Jesus Calling which I'm also using. I told her these words hit me hard this morning:

    "When your mind spins with a multitude of thoughts, you cannot hear My voice. A mind preoccupied with planning pays homage to the idol of control." Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

    This is my struggle, too, this tendency to allow my mind to spin instead of waiting in hope, trusting in the One who is powerful and good and who is for me.

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    1. Hmmm, isn't it funny those words spoke to several of us Nancy? I, too, was convicted by those words. Yup. Plan, plan, plan, must make my own way. Oops. :-(

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  2. I am that "you". I don't always wait well either and fear instead. But I love hearing the reminder. Again and again as needed. Thanks, Jen.

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  3. "And you?" over and over again. the answer is,"yes." I found myself having a conversation with Jesus today about the 'shoulds' and the Holy Spirit told me it wasn't myself I was battling with, it was just a bunch of lies--'you should this, you should that...' The only thing I should do is 'rest'--I think God tells me that once a day.
    And you helped Him tell me again:-) It is clear we all struggle WAY to much with trying to be our own answer to whatever.
    I'm trying to learn how to let go and wait on God 'cause I have an idea his ideas are so much better than mine. I usually jump in so quickly I never find out what He had in mind.
    He is so patient!
    And you hang in there........waiting on God is always a good idea.

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  4. I HATE to wait! I want to rush God on His plan for adoption and our family, on HIs plan for that book proposal of mine, on His plan for my husband's career, and the list goes on. I find that my patience in waiting is directly tied to my perseverance in praying. So I'm trying to spend more time in prayer and less time in frustration!

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  5. Dear sweet Jen
    I used to to be an honorary member of the International Women's Nagging club!!! And the things we nag about mostly seems to be good things. Not so!! A relationship of love where both consider the other as more important than themselves is the best in our Pappa God's eyes. A relationship like that is ONLY possible when both are living a life of love in our Lord Jesus. Thanks for being our gracious hostess again.
    Blessings to you
    Mia

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  6. In retrospect we see our fears so much easier when we are actually living them. I like to picture myself wrapping my fears, tying them with a bow and leaving them at the cross with Jesus. I think God values my trust in Him thus the gift wrap. It's amazing how much I can get accomplished when I'm not dragging around the fear. I've never been sorry--I just wish I wouldn't fear in the first place

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  7. I was guilty of being impatient but not nagging. I'd just suffer in silence -grin- and Dave would say, "wait, wait, wait. Don't you trust me?" That man taught me as much about being a Christian woman as anyone ever has.
    Since he died, my fear factor has increased although I try not to be fearful, it's difficult now there's only me. Well, me and God but some days/nights someone with skin on would be really wonderful.

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  8. The "what ifs" in my head are exhausting some times... Coming here every week helps me remember. Thank you. :)

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  9. Isa. 40 is one of the passages that gives us strength for our dance ministry. Waiting in faith and hope for God's direction and action while preparing ourselves mentally, spiritually and physically for His next move is key. Thanks for hosting & God bless!

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  10. It is a continual surrender--leaning on His strength rather than my own. Unfortunately, I tend to try to do things on my strength before recognizing it's not working out that way. But I am getting better!

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  11. Hope=Wait? Ouch! That really hit me. I so identify with trying to take control and manipulate! It's super hard for me to wait if I don't see. Maybe that's what "perfect love casts out fear" really means. When I love God, knowing He loves me perfectly, I can cast that fear aside. Thanks for helping me through a tough few days, my friend! Hugs,
    Michelle

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