Hold My Wait - Encouragement Café - January 29, 2019

Hold My Wait
By Paris Renae

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NIV

How are you at waiting? Me? I’m not a good waiter. At times anxiousness and fretting penetrate my days.

Oh, I'm good at disguising them in prayers. Asking the only One who can accomplish my God sized longings. Truth is, the many words and the stomach butterflies show my doubt. Still, He has placed a word in my heart: N-e-w. Turning it over and over I see 'new' like a kaleidoscope.

The LORD's unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise.Lamentations 3:22-23 GNT

I love this version of this verse - exploding like a sunrise, fresh like dewy drops on a green leaf. Unfailing love, mercy – new in its pattern each day.

It's the wait, really. Trusting God has it all figured out, but so wanting to see it now.

Where does a waiting, weary world turn? Often, to so much that doesn't satisfy. Holley Gerth says it just right, "I'm learning, slowly, to lean on Jesus instead of flimsy earthly things that can never hold my weight."

The weight of what a sin-filled world has caused is pressing in on us. Finding 'new' every morning becomes a weight-lifter we sorely need.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

A way through the desert of our doubt. Streams of life into parts of our soul we thought long dead.

Praise has a way of restoring, turning dissatisfaction towards joy. An odd concept for most - praising God instead of man and accomplishments. But give it a try. Right now - 'God you are my One and Only. There is nothing and no one better. You are the definition of love, of joy, of peace.'

When we speak praise we lose worldly weight. In those moments we, are no longer held by gravity, but we're lifted into His presence.

Father, Today we ask: hold ‘our wait' and show us how to live in the newness of Your freedom. It’s a hard thing   to wait and trust, but with You showing us the way, we can live in joy and peace. Each morning restore newness in us; lift us into Your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

© 2019 by Paris Renae. All rights reserved.

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