Monthly Archives: April 2015

04/30/15

WAIT.

Wait.

Potentially my least favorite 4 letter word.

And this devotion, on that very topic, hit me right between the eyes, in a good way. I need to be reminded of the the importance of His timing, His will, and His lessons to be learned in the meantime.

Be encouraged.

When God Makes You Wait 

by Anna Bachinsky, originally posted on www.theprayingwoman.com on March 6, 2015 

“Jesus could have come and healed Lazarus when he was still alive.

Instead, He waited to raise him from the dead when he was already in his grave.

God could have made David become king the day after he was anointed.

Instead, He waited 15 years to rise to the throne, many of those years spent fearing for his life, hiding out and running away from his own father-in-law.

God could have spoken to Moses in the desert about sending him to help free His people from slavery 40 days after he ran away from Egypt.

Instead, He made him wait for 40 long years.

God could have gotten Joseph out of prison one year after he was sentenced there.

Instead, he was stuck in that dungeon for 10 years before he was finally set free.

God could have given Abraham the son He promised him when he was still a young man.

Instead, He waited until he was 100 years old and because of physical reasons would have a more difficult time conceiving at that age.

God could have answered prayers and met the needs of these men of God much quicker, but He didn’t.

He made them wait instead.

And He often makes us do the same.

He makes us wait for healing to come after we’ve been praying for years and there is no sign of recovery.

He makes us wait to fulfill His call in our lives after He puts the desire and passion in our hearts to serve Him in a certain way.

He makes us wait to give us the desires of our hearts, whether it’s a baby, a spouse, or a new job.

He makes us wait for direction when we are stuck at a dead end and we don’t know where to go or what to do.

He could answer that same prayer that you’ve been praying for years every night in a millisecond.

That same prayer that has been bringing you to tears.

That same prayer that the longer that it goes unanswered, the more it makes you question whether He even hears.

He kept Moses in a desert for 40 years.

Joseph in a prison cell for 10 years.

Abraham without a child for 100 years.

David on the run for 15 years.

And maybe He is keeping you right where you’re at for the same reason He kept these men for so many years: to build your faith.

To build your faith in a dungeon cell, during the valley in your life where it’s too dark to see and too hard to believe.

To build your dependence on Him when you are barren and empty to see if He is truly all you desire and all you need.

To see how well you will trust and serve Him when you are still stuck in the background somewhere, doing seemingly nothing too significant for Him.

To build your trust in Him when the storm keeps raging, the battle keeps going and breakthrough and victory doesn’t seem near.

See… sometimes the waiting period of our lives is the most important time in our life.

It is during this period when nothing seems to be happening, when prayers seem to go unanswered, when God seems so far away that the most spiritual growth takes place in our lives. That we learn to become more like Him.

It is during this time that we build spiritual “muscle”.

That we grow in faith.

That we learn to only depend on Him.

What are you waiting for today?

What longing do you have that seems so far from ever being fulfilled?

What prayer do you keep on praying that seems to never reach God’s ears?

I want to remind you that God is not deaf to your prayers.

He is not blind to your constant tears, to your desires, and to your needs.

IF He is making you wait, there is a very good reason for it.

If He is telling you “no” today, maybe it’s because He has a better “yes” waiting for you tomorrow.

If He is keeping you in the same place you’ve always been today, maybe it’s because He’s helping build your faith before you enter your Promised Land tomorrow.

If He is not healing you or bringing you victory today, maybe it’s because you will have a greater testimony when He waits to help you be an overcomer tomorrow.

Wherever you are at today know that God is right beside you and that there is a purpose for you. Even if that purpose is to wait.

Don’t give up just because you don’t see anything happening today.

Maybe there is nothing physically happening that your eyes can see but there is definitely something happening in the spiritual realm as you learn to rely on Christ.

Don’t allow your waiting period to make you hopeless about what tomorrow will bring.

Instead, let it build your faith and give you even greater hope for what God has prepared for you.

He made some of the greatest men of faith wait.

Don’t be discouraged if He makes you wait as well.

He will come through for you, just like He came through for them.”

❤️
 “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” – Psalm 27:14
xoxoxo….
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04/27/15

Link Love

A collection of all the ‘things I love’..

at least this week.

Hey! It’s my mind to change & it’s my prerogative to change it! But, in the meantime, enjoy crushing on these links like I am!

1. The Flip Belt 

Can I just tell you how genius I think this is?

Buy FlipBelt today with free shipping! Best rated running belt ever! Fits Phones, Credit Card, Keys, Gels, Medical, Mace, Lip Balm, Powerbar, iPod, etc... Fits all phones including the iPhone 6 Plus! No Bounce!  Machine wash!  Move your   phone to any location on your waist for different activities and exercises. Use 10% off code: PIN10 until 12/31/2015.  Click the image to shop now.I might be the only one out there, but I really hate those armbands that hold your iPhone/iPod. They slip, they slide, and if I tighten it up to the appropriate tightness to keep it up, my arm starts to tingle and I am afraid I am cutting off circulation.

So, this invention of the Flip Belt is definitely on my short list of items to get… and get immediately! Just pull it on around your waist right along with your yoga pants and go!

2. DIY Hairstyles 

This hair of mine is getting longer & longer, heavier & heavier. But, I am passionate about growing the length that I need to donate. So, here’s to coming up with new styles that are fashionable, easy to do, and save me some time & aggravation in the mornings.

Here are a few of my current faves:

DIY Fishtail Braid

braid

So elegant and slightly elevated from your typical braid. Love the height at the top and the tousled look of the braid. Nothing too perfect or too neat.

Here is the link to the how-to video if you are interested.

And when a classic ponytail needs a little dressing up…

12 Easy DIY Hairstyles That Will Not Take You More Than 5 minutes

Loving this simple trick!

3. Classic Bar Cookie 

Looking for a great treat to take to that Kentucky Derby party you have been invited to this weekend? You simply cannot go empty-handed.

A Southern woman wouldn’t even dream of it.

A classic bar cookie is the perfect solution that is easy to make, easy to transport, and really, really easy to eat!

These are touted to be the Best-ever Blondies from America’s Test Kitchen.

Best Ever Blondies! Using white chocolate chips plus semisweet chocolate chips gives these blondies a rich, full flavor. Recipe from America's Test Kitchen. . plus a cookbook giveaway! #blondies #baking #holidays #cookbook

By the looks of ’em, I’d say they will live up to the hype! They are loaded with rich brown-sugary dough studded with toasted pecans, semi-sweet chips, & (my favorite) white chocolate chips.

And, have you ever met anyone who didn’t love a blondie?

Yeah. I didn’t think so.

I am also a fanatic for all things lemon, so these lemon bars are just the ticket!

After one bite, who cares what horse wins?!?

Not this girl!

And a new one I cannot wait to try, these Blueberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars look divine!

Blueberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars - Fast, easy, no-mixer bars great for breakfast, snacks, or a healthy dessert! BIG crumbles are irresistible!

It’s like blueberry cobbler in bar cookie form! Genius!

Craving one right about now, actually.

4. Time Management Online Workbook by Ruth Soukup

5 time management steps that will change your life. If you've ever struggled with goal-setting or getting things done, you cannot miss this post!  Such great tips plus a free printable workbook that walks you through all five steps.

Do you believe that?!?

I do! And I recently discovered this fabulous post on Living Well, Spending Less; a blog I check in on occasionally. It always has good, practical, real life-application posts that save you time, energy, or money.

We could all use more of that.

Here are her 5 Time Management tips that will save your life:

  1. List your priorities.
  2. Set specific goals.
  3. Eat that Frog.
  4. Reset your habits.
  5. Eliminate the unessential.

Sound interesting?

You just have to check out this post plus many others that can teach you how to cut your grocery bill in half (whoa!), Couponing 101 for Beginners like me, Speed Cleaning, How to sell your stuff (on Ebay, Craigslist, and more), and even one on why she makes her bed every day.

Goal Setting Workbook 3D

Plus, her goal-setting workbook that she shares with you FOR FREE is a great tool for all you working women out there.

We juggle A LOT!

5. Online Bible Studies with Proverbs 31 Ministries & Lysa Terkeurst 

“Your life is crazy. Your Bible study doesn’t have to be. We offer real hope, for real life.”

Walk in Faith

Proverbs 31 Ministries offers these 5 week devotional/Bible study forums for women online. The current study is running April 13- May 15th, and it’s never too late to jump right in! On the link I just shared you can sign up, join in, buy the book, and get connected to the phone conference call series. Study right alongside hundreds of other women from the comfort of your kitchen table, local coffee shop, desk, bed, or even in the car!

Keep checking back after May 15th for the next featured series.

I cannot recommend these enough!

So, there you have it, another edition of link love!

Have a great week filled with all the things you love…

xoxo

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