Waiting For Arrivals

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While at the airport the other day, the people in the arrival area mesmerized me. Like clockwork, the security guards would look down the escalators, take their position at the side of the hallway or by the elevator, then proceed to let the arriving people through to find their baggage or their waiting party.

Arrivals were constantly coming in- from different places and at different times. Something and someone was always on its way in.

I tried to fit in with those who were in the waiting parties. Some of us had to wait longer than expected; little ones and their guardians waited in anticipation and excitement as they waited for moms & dads to come up the escalators, while other adults were visibly frustrated by the length of time they had to wait.

Maybe some were concerned with the parking fee they’d have to pay out if they lingered longer than they originally planned.

Maybe others already had a long journey and the additional time was just too much for them to endure.

Maybe they just wanted to go eat cheeseburgers and chocolate cake.

Whatever the case, waiting on the arrival was proving to be a difficult task.

One young girl looked disappointed and kept getting closer and closer to where the guards were standing. Without knowing it, her feet wandered across the “DO NOT ENTER” line and she was quickly asked to step back. Crying and upset, the young girl walked back to her parents and continued to wait in their embrace.

How many of us today are like those who were waiting for their arrivals?

I’m raising my hand.

Some of us may be waiting for an answer to prayer, or for direction, or even for a blessing to come to us. I can tell you that I’ve been the person visibly frustrated while waiting for God to do something in my life. I’ve also been like the little child who was jumping up and down with excitement and wonder. But more often than not, I’ve been more like the young girl who was tired of waiting and went wandering on her own to find what she was supposed to be waiting for.

Many times The Father has quickly asked me to

“STEP BACK”

and to remember what the arrival area sign says…

“DO NOT ENTER”.

He is at work; I can’t speed up time or linger around places that my feet should not be. My soul must rest in the fact that He will bring things about when it is time for them to arrive. Not a moment sooner or later, but in His perfect timing.

God is better at being God than we are at trying to do His job for Him. He needs not our meddling or complaining; He just needs our patience and trust.

Friend, I don’t know where you find yourself today, but Our loving Heavenly Father knows the waiting part in life is hard. That’s why we have promises in His word that remind us:

“But those who wait on 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.”

(Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)

“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

(Psalm 27:14 NKJV)

Friend, let’s pray this together:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me that you are indeed working while I am waiting. You know my anxious heart, and my impatient thoughts and so I give them to you today. Forgive me for wrong attitudes I’ve had while in the waiting process. I will wait on You alone today- not for stuff to perfectly line up in my timing, but I will wait for Your very best treasures of wisdom and strength and hope. I know I can trust You Lord. I know that You can see when I’m frustrated and when I’m wandering trying to find my own way. Help my heart to hold onto Your promises today. No matter how long the wait may be, help me to wait patiently on You. I need only to be still and hold on; and when arrivals do come, let my first thoughts and words be full of thankfulness. You are worth waiting on Lord, and I know that every time You arrive on the scenes of my life, I am never disappointed. Have Your way God. –Amen

Much love to you friends, and as always…peace.-liz

 

 

Wisdom & Whispers

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A week ago, I joined 507 other women for the She Speaks conference in North Carolina (Hey Ya’ll!). Saying that it was informative and enriching is an understatement. This conference has become such a rich and sweet piece to my personal writing journey. I went into the conference not sure what to expect as a first-timer; all I knew was that attending was the next right step to take to educate myself on the process of becoming a better writer. I knew there would be a massive amount of knowledge from all of the guest speakers on the schedule, and they did not disappoint. My biggest take away though, was the fact that each speaker and message, directed us all back to the importance of self- examination and digging for why we are on this journey.

We have to look deep into our heart to see what the motivation is for each of us.

Is it for fame? Is it for recognition? Is it to be noticed and loved by many?

It shouldn’t be any of these things.

If we are in this business of presenting these messages and stories to the world, it needs to be for the honor and glory of God, not the recognition or approval of the masses.

We’ll never find meaning chasing after recognition for ourselves. We will come up empty every time if we make it about us. We will, however, find our hope and strength with every stroke of the pen (yep, I’m old school like that), with every click of the keyboard, and with every word uttered in the Name of Jesus.

Character building is at the heart of our journey. God doesn’t miss a thing with His vision. He sees it all.

Our past & present,

Our motivation &/or lack there of,

Our tears & anguish on the road we’ve traveled,

Even our joy and excitement…

He sees it all.

Over and over I heard whispers from God to my own soul of, “Will it still be worth it if you get no recognition? Will you still call Me worthy through the disappointments and struggles on this journey when I am trying to work in your own heart? Will your joy remain as I do things in My timing, and not in your timing? ”

Yes, Lord.

Even then.

Friend, I don’t know what kind of journey you find yourself on today or what challenges you are facing with your personal assignment. What I do know is that we are all given a choice to either walk it out in the peace and grace of God or fight against Him every step of the way trying to do His job.

We can’t do both.

Let’s remember that we don’t have to be at a conference for God to whisper to us. He often speaks to us behind closed doors when no one else sees the work we are putting into our God-given assignments. His voice can be heard when we are asking tough questions internally and feeling overwhelmed with doubt. Even through tears, uncertainty, and silence…He can breathe hope, life, and healing. Maybe today we can all take a minute and ask Him to search us, and ask Him to show us how to live out our trust in Him on our own journey.

Whether you’re in the car, or in line at the store, let’s all take a moment to get quiet before The Lord today and listen for His voice. Friend, your message matters to The Lord and the lessons of your journey are important to Him and vital to those around you. Let’s listen together today for the whispers of Our Father.

Peace -liz

Go the extra mile: One of the songs from the conference that has really stuck with me was “You Don’t Miss A Thing” by Bethel Music. Check it out today, and remember that you are seen, known, and loved by God.

*One more cool thing: Participate in our Blog Hop by scrolling down a little further and clicking on “Click here” to check out all the other recaps from those who were in one of my classes from the conference! You won’t be disappointed! Thank you!

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