What do I mean when I say there is “wealth in the waiting”? There are times in our lives when we have to make huge decisions that will greatly affect our well-being. Most of the time because of the society that we live in, we like to have those answers immediately. I mean, no one likes to wait, especially when the answer is so important. We need to know now what we should do! However does when we receive the right answer make it any less valuable than if we have to wait longer to get it? Knowing that you have explored all options and avenues before making a decision will leave you feeling more confident about living with that the decision for the rest of your life. Meaning, If there is a sudden stumbling block, or things start looking like they could be taking a turn in the direction you had not planned, you can say “well I’ve already explored all possible options so this was the best and maybe it just wasn’t meant.” Sometimes we think we want to live in a certain area or drive a certain vehicle and then once we get those things we realize it’s not what we wanted after all. So I have learned that even in making the best decision or choice that fits my life, sometimes there is a lesson in the process of waiting for something, than actually in the receiving. In other words; If I apply for a loan that I need to purchase a home I really want, (and we know the long process in buying a home) even though buying this new home can be an improvement for you and your family, it doesn’t mean that it is what you need now and it might not work out. The beauty in the delay is it gives time for thought and reasoning. What’s wrong with having a little extra time to make sure have covered all your bases.
Due to circumstances out of my control every Sunday morning I have to attend church via cable television. Where normally Pastor Joel Osteen gives a great sermon. Yes there are perks to listening to the sermon in your pajamas but it’s not the same as being there. I miss being able to fellowship with my fellow Christians and speak on the goodness of God. One of my favorite parts of church service stems from when I was a little girl and we had what we called; Testifying service. During this part of service church members could stand up and testify about how God “made a way out of no way” or they could ask for prayer. Sometimes they would just speak on the goodness of Jesus and all he as done for them or someone they know.
Fast Forward to early in the wee hours of this past Friday morning God spoke a word to me. He said that there are so many who are like me that cannot attend church for whatever reason. He told me to give them and myself of course, a platform to speak on his goodness or ask for prayer. So every Sunday I am going to open up my blog to those of you who would like to either ask for prayer or just speak on the goodness of God.
Here’s how it works: if you want to testify start your writing off with #TESTIFY; if you want to ask for prayer, start your writing off with #DEAR GOD
We are a family here so we should be able to ask for prayer or just speak on great things that have happened in our lives or someone that we know. You don’t have to do one of each.
I will start: #TESTIFY: It always amazes me how God sends comfort to us in times of distress. This past year was such a trying year for me and my family. However God sent comfort to me in various ways. One time in particular I was picking my daughter up from school and I was talking to God and telling him how I didn’t think that I was going to make it. Suddenly one of my favorite Christian songs came on the radio and it began to fill my heart with joy. He is always there for us and he knows how to get us through and that’s why I love him.
#DEARGOD: I know that you are not finished with me yet and that I probably have a long way to go. I just ask that you continue to strengthen and direct me so that I may please you and fulfill my purpose.
#TESTIFY: I would like to thank God for all my blog family, immediate family and friends. God made us to be helpers one to another. So for everyone who has supported me with my dreams, book, blog, twitter, LinkedIn and anything else I’ve participated in..thank you and may God bless!!
DEAR GOD: Dear God I still need your help. I am still working on my patience. I know it takes many slips and falls before we reach the path that leads to success. I am so anxious to fulfill my destiny I don’t want to delay reaching it much longer. Help me wait until you have refined me like gold cause only then will I be ready to partake in the greatest fight of my life. The fight for winning souls for your kingdom