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Hope in the Waiting
HOPE AND WAIT FOR HIM
you been waiting for God to answer, or what promises are you waiting for Him to
fulfill? Waiting is most difficult, and if we are not careful we can grow weary
and despondent as we wait. Sometimes we may even lose hope, as hope deferred
can make our hearts sick. What lies have you believed about God and His love
for you because you are tired in the waiting?
some practical steps that you can take as you wait:
1.Enjoy your time as you wait. So many
of us do not enjoy our lives as we are waiting for things in our lives to be
2.Stop being all wrought up, anxious,
and worried all the time. Have peace as you wait, peace that God does hear and
know your prayers and desires.
3.Stop fretting. Stop feeling sorry for
yourself and stop your self-pity. It will only make matters worse. CHOOSE to be
thankful for the things that are good in your life, and don’t CHOOSE to reflect
on what you don’t have. Actively look, seek the good in your life.
4.Revive your hope and stir up your
dreams and desires again. Take time to ask and seek God for a new vision for
your life, and to rekindle the promises that he has already given you.
5.Seek God first above everything else
you desire, you want, or you are waiting for. Simple, but so many of us just
don’t put God first. Time in His presence will fill you up and bring answers to
your thirsty soul.
6.Stay away from desiring to have
someone else’s life. You are unique and God has a unique plan for your life, so
don’t compare your life to others or want what they have.
7.Be content with the lot you have been
given and the lot you are currently in. Contentment breeds peace and joy.
Here are some scriptures that have
helped me personally get through the waiting times:
Wait for the Lord,
Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:13-14, NIV
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
For His compassion never fails.
They are new every morning;
Great is your
I say to myself, “The Lord is my
portion, therefore, I will wait for Him.”
The Lord is good to those whose
hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him.
Lamentations 3:22-25, NIV
Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love.
For He does not willingly bring affliction
or grief to the children of God.
Lamentations 3:31-33, NIV
Here are some things to meditate on
from the above scriptures and to replace any lies that you have been believing
about God and His love for you as you are waiting:
1.God encourages us to wait for Him.
2.The Lord has great love for us and
His compassion for us never fails.
3.The Lord is faithful.
4.The Lord is good to those who hope in
Him, and to the ones who seek Him.
5.Though God does bring grief, He shows
us compassion and great is His unfailing love.
6.God does not willing bring affliction
or grief to His children.
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know that marriage is hard work. As with anything successful in your life
putting time and effort are keys to how fruitful those things will be.
you did not have the proper role models growing up to show you how to have a
successful marriage, but you desire to have a healthy marriage.
God has brought you together with your spouse the greatest investment that you
can make besides your relationship with God is your marriage.
Anyone can have a dull, lifeless marriage, but a marriage
that is thriving takes certain elements to help it succeed. If you planted some
flowers but forgot to fertilize and water those plants they would eventually
become lifeless and die. Healthy marriages take the time to nurture and weed
out anything hindering their relationship.
Couples striving for a healthy marriage should first
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you focus on the most will grow. The enemy will try to get
you to focus on what is wrong, what is not working, and what is worrisome to
you. When you lose your focus on what is
true, what is right, what is lovely and what is a good report (Philippians
4:6), you will begin to focus on the opposite of these.
to focus on the good will be a daily decision. When the enemy shows
you something that is causing fear, worry or frustration, turn away and CHOOSE to focus on the good.
→If your focus has been more on the negative lately
check to see who you have been hanging out with, what you have been reading or
watching on TV, and giving your attention to the most.
→An unthankful heart can cause you to focus on your
wants, but a heart of gratitude will cause you to focus on your blessings.
Distractions come to sidetrack you and get you to
focus on what the enemy has brought in front of you. Keeping focus on Jesus means deliberately
fading out everything that pulls you away from the…