Happy Thursday! Goodness it has been awhile since I wrote my last inspirational post, and it certainly feels great to be writing one again. I asked y'all in my Snapchat and on Instagram a week or so ago about what y'all would like to see more of on here in 2017. Many mentioned more faith posts. That so encouraged my heart to know that y'all enjoy these. I've always said that if I can uplift just one person through my posts, I know it is all worth it. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by and following along.
Do you know the feeling of reading a certain verse and being like, "Aha that's the verse! The one describes everything I'm going through, everything I'm feeling, etc."? One of my daily reads is from The Praying Woman's Devotional by Stomie Omartian, one of my all time favorite Christian authors. Seriously, each and every daily read is packed full of light and inspiration in the one to two pages. Some days readings are so good that I'll go back to that particular one day after day. But anyways, I had just begun my quiet time and was feeling...down. I couldn't pinpoint exactly why, but I didn't feel like doing much of anything, even praying! Now, prayer has become one of the only things I feel like I can do. The longer I am a mother, the more I find myself praying. Not only do I feel the need to pray for Madeline and ask the Lord to help me be the very best parent I can be for her, but I also feel the need to pray so many prayers for her. I find myself praying all day long, because I truly believe that the more I connect with God, the closer I'll feel to him. There is so much truth to that!
On this particular day that I mentioned above, I just didn't feel like doing much of anything. As I read the words of that devotional, I quickly realized why. I simply felt distant from him. I was afraid that when I prayed I would feel like I was talking to a wall. It was almost a feeling of what's the use. When we pray prayers for a long period of time, it's easy to start thinking, "Okay any time now, Lord...I'm waiting!" or "Hasn't it been long enough? It's time for an answer!" Those thoughts were going through my head that morning as I felt like I was simply tired of waiting. But what I didn't think about was being tired of waiting basically meant that I was growing tired of trusting.
"The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth."
This verse was the verse in the devotional for that particular day. After sulking in my own selfishness for a few minutes, I started to think on that Scripture. I dug a little deeper into the meaning of truth in this verse. The word that struck my attention was the word certainty. And then it hit me...when I pray, I am certain that he hears my prayers and draws near to me. I am certain that in his timing, I will see what his plan is for all of this. I am certain that he is able to do immeasurable more than all I could ask or think. I am certain in these truths.
When thinking on these truths, I remembered a word (and verse) that always remain near to my heart...Wait. Wait for the Lord, be of good courage and he will strengthen your heart... Friends, if I have learned one thing it is that I want nothing more then what the Lord has in store, not what Rachel has in store, not what I think should be in store, but what the Lord has in store for both me and my daughter. Waiting and filling my heart with the truths of the Lord helps me to be of good courage. And the strength I feel in my heart as a result is the most peaceful, comforting feeling ever. Goodness am I thankful for such truths and that I can come to him in truth.
So, maybe you're on a similar boat. Maybe you feel distant, what's the use, or are becoming tired of trusting. If so, cling to the words of Proverbs 3:5-6...trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Don't let the silly lies of the enemy fill your heart with doubt and convince you to grow weary. Trust that he is able. Trust that he hears. Be certain that he grows near to you when you call on him. As Stormie reminds us, "When the timing is right, he has been known to do a very quick work." Call on him in truth.
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