♕ Today's Promise: “So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.” Romans 9:16
Hello Dear Brides, I want to begin this Praise Report by thanking my Heavenly Husband for so many good things and blessings that He bestowed upon me, even the blessings that I still cannot see, the answer for prayers, the miracles that have an appointed time to occur, for listening always, and for loving me with an everlasting love.
I was pondering what to share in this Praise Report, and not because I don’t have anything to share, but because He laid something in my heart a while ago, and I was wondering if this is the time to share. What I want to do is to share a little bit of my waiting, and after reading and Journaling the Abundant Life Course, Poverty Mentality, chapter 9, God’s Waiting Room, I felt that this is the confirmation I need to begin sharing more about how He is using this difficult time in my life.
I believe that I am not alone when I ask “How long Lord?” and if you are also waiting like me, you have asked this same question over and over again!
I remember that in the beginning, it was almost a daily thing, but with time passing, the question became more frequent during the hardest season and trials that I go through. After reading God’s Waiting Room, I felt that something was breaking and I was being set free. Set free of the wrong thinking that I’ve been caring for a long time, you see I thought that the more I serve, the more I loved others, the more I prayed and worked for Him would mean that soon I would receive the miracle that I long for. “So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.” Romans 9:16
Even though I knew that things happen at His time, not mine, I still thought that I could shorten my waiting by doing good works, and when after doing all that I continue to see nothing, and I see that nothing was working, then begin to list all the things that I’ve been doing: Lord I pray, I fast, I’ve let go, I serve, I love others, what is wrong with me? Is there something that I am doing wrong? Please show what I need to do, so you can work your miracle in my life, where I am sinning...the questions would continue.
I want to bring an example from the Bible, remember Joseph? From what you and I have read, there was nothing wrong with Joseph, but he was sold by his own brothers, then falsely accused by his master’s wife, went to prison, and everywhere he went the Bible says that he prospered, and people around him too, because God was with him, so why a man that feared and clearly followed God and obeyed Him, waited for so long so he could be free. What the Lord kept showing me is that it was not TIME! There was an appointed time, when Pharaoh would have a dream and when Joseph would need to interpret the dream that would not just save Egypt from the hungry, but also the house of Israel!!!
Brides, I am not saying that loving others and serving Him is empty, quite the opposite, it shows His work in our lives, as Brides we all need to do it, but that’s not because of what we do that He will give us what we want.
I want to encourage you that are waiting for something, to continue to trust Him and His time for things to happen. It’s okay to ask Him if there is something you are doing wrong, well sometimes it can be a hidden sin, or something else He will show you, but after checking your heart, then continue to trust that the waiting is preparing you for something greater than you have imagined.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1 (ESV)
“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” Psalm 13:1 (NIV)
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” Ephesians 3:20
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