Waiting on God

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“Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” -Psalm 27:14
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For months I’ve had just the title of this post in my drafts but a blank canvas so to speak. I wanted what I write to be God breathed because in fact we have been waiting on God.

We are all waiting on God at different times in our lives. For you, it could be that baby you have been longing to hold in your arms, an illness to be healed, a family member or friend to come to the Lord, a break-through in your marriage or finances, to start a business, a door to be opened, what ever it is we are left waiting.

In the waiting, the Lord is with you and I, He is faithful!

For all of us though, we are in the instant gratification era, in this stage if life we are used to conveniences and do not like waiting for things. However, the bible is chock full of stories of waiting. Sarah and Abraham, Noah, Moses, Joseph, and dozens of stories that talk about the visions the people had and their having to wait on the Lord, but in all of the stories the Lord is faithful in what He promised them.

We had this verse written on a poster board in our bedroom for a couple of years:

“And then God answered: “Write this. Write what you see.Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.” Habakkuk 2:2-3

For about three years, my husband and I have been waiting for the doors to open, to open our business, we wrote it on the wall and we waited. With my husband being a wellness chiropractor we knew we wanted to teach health in a completely different manor than most doctors are teaching.

At different times we tried to see if the door was open, sometimes there was light behind a crack in the door but it just wouldn’t open completely. Over the course of the waiting, God was preparing our hearts for this time, for this place, for this purpose to help change the way health care is provided and to keep God at the center of it all.

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Most of the time you will not get the lightening strike sign from God you so desperately want. When waiting on God we often wind up just waiting and waiting but sometimes God wants you to walk out on faith.  After much waiting, we decided we just had to walk out on faith. We moved to the town were were going to open up in and while waiting we were starting to make steps to make our vision a reality.

Finally now, my husband and I are relishing in the moment and in all of the waiting I can now see that He was faithful in his promise to us. This song has been a huge encouragement to me, the Lord is faithful and every victory is His power in us.

If you are waiting on the Lord here are some things you can do:

  • Do not cease to pray about what you are waiting for and ask others to pray for youGod honors obedience and prayer is a must in your relationship with Him. Listen to Him when you pray, it isn’t always about you talking to Him. Sometimes your silence allows you to “hear” Him. 

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7

  • Be open-minded to God’s will and not only your own plan. God is going to take your plan and may make it seem impossible to our human minds. Then He is going to give you two roads. Your way or His way. His way looks harder, but the truth is that it is only your own self-doubt that can stop a “God-thing”

“Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20

  • Don’t get discouraged. What if you wait for three years, and get nowhere. Keep your head up and your heart focused. That breakthrough you have been waiting for will happen, with patience- us moms best friend!

“Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31

  • Open your ears to listen to Him even if it’s through the wisdom of others like friends, family or pastors and sometimes in your very own thoughts. But be very careful for doomsdayer’s and gloominess. There are some people that want to bring you down. In this case, remove them from the conversation, surround your life with people who lift you up

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Matthew 11:12

  • Have a servants heart. Regardless of where you are in your vision or waiting on God, life should always have a focus on serving God through serving people.  If you are worrying about your finances, go feed the homeless, be God to those less fortunate, if you are longing for a baby make a meal for someone who just had a baby, place yourself in places where your heart can grow more dependant on Him.

“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:12

  • Build relationships. If you have a vision to make a difference, then go ahead and start building a future of partners that will prosper when you have been sharpened by God and He releases you to fulfill your destiny. 

“You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, your mind and your strength and love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

What are you waiting on God for?

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My husband (a wellness chiropractor) has a new feature on my blog called “Ask Dr. Jake“, he would be happy to answer any of your health related questions.

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About Rachel

Rachel is a mother to 2 preschoolers and a wife to a wellness doctor. Her passions are faith, family and health. She supports her husband in helping to change the way people look at their health and uses her blog as a tool to do that, her husband also has a feature on her blog called "Ask Dr. Jake", he would be happy to answer any of your health related questions or at least direct your path to some better options.You can find her writing about her family adventures and inspiring you to make healthier choices for your family and more at day2day joys or on Facebook. Also, if you subscribe to her blog via email you will get Spring into Summer Smoothie E-book for free.

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  1. Thank you for sharing. Regardless of when this was posted, it’s still a very powerful message. God’s Word stands forever.
    I made a choice to say “yes” to a financial opportunity that has put me in serious credit card debt. I have not seen a return on this “investment” which went into action 2 years ago. The person I went into this with, I care about very much and want a future with him. This whole situation has put distance between us. He wants to be established first so he can provide for a future wife and family. In not being able to do that (yet), he has been silent. He becomes introverted when he’s down. I pray now all the time is he “Mr. Right” or “Mr. Right Now” because I need to examine myself in this relationship as well. Through this process, the LORD has spoken to me in many ways: through prayer, The Bible, my pastor’s sermons, television pastors, family, friends. God has even used some unsaved people (praying for their salvation) to speak to me. It’s the same message: Wait on God! He spoke to me and said “Submit, Pray, and WAIT!!! I get frustrated at times and want my answer now. But, I know it’s His timing that is best in all of this. Please pray with me that I truly learn to wait on God concerning the man in my life and the finances..and in the meantime (in waiting), I will grow in maturity in Him. Thank you.

  2. Magdaline says:

    Am so happy to have read this; so many Vision in my life yet to be fulfilled, more keep coming still in same direction yet am struggling to keep waiting. Pls lord help your daughter.amen

  3. Thank you so much for your message It is full of life. It has made me strong again. I will keep on waiting on him. His will be done in my life. ” I say yes lord I will continue waiting on you for the purchase of land for our church. We have been in rental for long. Let your will be done! God bless you. You have touched my heart!!
    Pastor Job Juma

  4. WarriorMom says:

    I’m sorry for posting my comment (twice). I didn’t realize that this awesome article, “Waiting on God” was written in 2012. It was the LORD to have lead me to this article and allow it to minister and encouraged my heart as it has renewed my spirit in 2013!

    • Warrior Mom, glad this post can touch you even though it was written a year ago, WAITING on God is something we all have to do many seasons in our lives. I am now waiting for the Lord to bless our family with more children if it’s His will and learning to be content with whatever He decides. Blessings to you!

  5. WarriorMom says:

    Yesterday, my daughter walked away from her place of residence, frustrated with her self and her struggles with ADD/ADHD, rountine, expectations, accountibilities, and who she is in Christ. Although she left a note thanking the the resident housekeeper for allowing her to live there and that she learned alot, she was ready to be her own adult/grown woman. No one has heard from her and the police say it’s out of their hands because she is an adult who has chosen to leave. So, my hubby and I are once again, asking the LORD to divinely protect her while she comes to her senses and puts on the mind of Christ. We entered into this morning, not complaining nor “anxious” but rather with a heart of praise as we wait on God. I LOVE the scriptures and will sit before the LORD mediating on them as my heart, my mind, and my spirit grows stronger in the wait. I will write the vision that I saw and I will post it in my house to remind myself to not give up but to WAIT. Thank you for such STRONG word of encouragement. PS…I am praying for all those who shared their “wait” as you all move forward. Please pray for my daughter as well. Thank you Rachel!

  6. WarriorMom says:

    Yesterday, my daughter walked away from her place of residence, frustrated with her self and her struggles with ADD/ADHD, rountine, expectations, accountibilities, and who she is in Christ. Although she left a note thanking the the resident housekeeper for allowing her to live there and that she learned alot, she was ready to be her own adult/grown woman. No one has heard from her and the police say it’s out of their hands because she is an adult who has chosen to leave. So, my hubby and I are once again, asking the LORD to divinely protect her while she comes to her senses and puts on the mind of Christ. We entered into this morning, not complaining nor “anxious” but rather with a heart of praise as we wait on God. I LOVE the scriptures and will sit before the LORD mediating on them as my heart, my mind, and my spirit grows stronger in the wait. I will write the vision that I saw and I will post it in my house to remind myself to not give up but to WAIT. Thank you for such STRONG word of encouragement. PS…I am praying for all those who shared their “wait” as you all move forward. Please pray for my daughter as well. That’s Rachel!

  7. Thanks for the encouraging post! I too am waiting upon God.. but the wait seems so hard and overwhelming at times :( I have a child and has always been longing to have a second child but my husband says he is contented with just one child. My boy has been so lonely at times and asks me for a sibling for him. How I wish I can give him a sibling too :( My husband says unless God speaks so clearly to him.. but it has been so many years .. At times I feel so depressed and feel I am at my breaking point but God’s Word has been my source of strength.. I’ll be 35 next year and I feel my biological clock is fast ticking away.. I am just so sad. But I am encouraged by your sharing on Habakkuk 2:2-3. I pray that I can be patient and see God’s wonderful plan for me..

    • Angie, Thank you for sharing your story. I know how you feel about wanting more children. Whether it’s our husbands, fertility issues or whatever, God is control and He will provide what’s best for us. Praying for you and your heart!

  8. vibrant77 says:

    I can relate. My life has always been struggle, grind, keep moving, moving, taking action to elevate my career. But since 2010 I’ve been in this “waiting space” where God says ‘do nothing’. It has been the hardest thing for me to do. I am so use to building and on the grind that this concept of doing nothing has been foreign and such a challenge. During prayer and meditation I may hear silence, and that scared me quite a few times.. To think Heaven says nothing or gives nothing?! But despite my complaining, crying, tantrums, impatience, worry- I always come back to the knowledge that Gods will is my will, keep having faith, be patient, its just a rest stop, bigger and better will come because God’s working behind the scenes setting it all up. Specifically, its job search/hunt, finding the right romantic partner, and having my holistic practice continue to grow and prosper.
    For those experiencing this heavenly silence and waiting space, find solace in the fact that our way is limited. Trust that our life plan is being executed as it should be and that you deserve a “rest stop”. When its time to strike, you’ll know.

  9. I subscribe via email and I was cleaning out my SPAM box and this post happened to be in with the spam. I have been really running from my calling for a while and now that I feel that I am accepting it I feel like I am waiting for the doors to open. I know that this post came to me at the right time, because if I had gotten it when it was posted I might not have gotten as much out of it as I have today.

  10. I am waiting to see what God is going to do with our ministry. Our family (and lovely board members) started a non-profit for families that have children with disabilities and chronic health problems. We serve both locally and internationally. I have so many hopes and dreams for this ministry, but I am also the parent of 4 children myself- and they all have some sort of health issue. I know for sure that we were called to start the ministry, but sometimes I can’t see where we are going or how we are going to get everything done. I don’t have the amount of time or volunteers that I feel we need to have to be doing a good work. I know that I need to chill out and that God will grow things as He sees fit and as we are ready, but it’s hard not to doubt whether or not you are doing the right things or making the right decisions.

  11. i am waiting on the Lord for a daughter. i am about to have our 5th son, and am overjoyed, but have always wanted a daughter since i was a small girl. i still hold onto the hope that it will happen someday.

    this is a great post. thank you for sharing it. i find that persevering prayer about what we are waiting on, mixed with thankfulness spoken, sung, and prayed about what He has already done in our lives is the balance we are called to walk.

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