Another wonderful devo from Reba Altizer. I just love this woman so much. I am amazed at how she walks her life out listening for direction from the Lord. She is truly a Spirit lead woman- I've witnessed her walk first hand and I desire to live my life like that. It's it amazing how the Lord puts people in our lives at just the right time. I am so thankful the Lord has crossed our paths. Thanks Reba! And ladies we have "features" beginning again this week~
Sometimes I ask myself this question:
What is the rush?
I have found if I have to make a decision right now, I should step away. I have always been a person who doesn't want to keep people waiting. If someone emails me or calls me, I like to answer promptly. However, I have learned when decisions are involved, pray first before responding. I have said several times this year, "I can't seem to make any fast decisions". What I have resolved is I don't have too, and it is better if I don't . It takes time to hear God's heart on what I am doing. I think the older I get, I just don't want to be busy doing stuff. I want to be busy doing God's assignment for my life. This is where I get the most reward.
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
There are many great things that happen when we wait on The Lord. I could be discouraged or feeling confused, and as I wait, things come together. Clarity comes, great ideas start, and I begin dreaming again. I start looking beyond myself, my faith starts rising, and I believe I can do anything God puts on my heart to do. Strength comes in our waiting time.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
We are also reminded of God's love and goodness in times of waiting.
Meditate on his Word.
Meditate on God's Ways.
If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Exodus 33:13 NIV
Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. Psalm 119:97-99 NIV
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11 NIV
Meditate on God's Works
Let me understand the teaching of you precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders. Psalm 119:27 NIV
I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. Psalm 143:5 NIV
They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. Psalm 145:5 NIV
Only when you do these things do you find the true peace of God to walk out His call on our lives without compromise, insecurity, or fear of not doing the right thing.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
The Message (MSG)
God does not ask us to do anything hard. It just takes a desire, a true hunger to please Him, and a true understanding that you need Him in your life. And the desire to give Him the Glory for all the good things in your life.