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 writing about this! i’m currently pregnant with our first child, and my husband and i are deciding that i’ll stay home after the baby is born instead of returning to work. my husband is the Business Manager at a Christian school, and his salary isn’t quite enough to make ends meet. my mind doesn’t automatically crunch numbers like his does, so this is really hard on him. a good friend of ours said that this is a test for him to trust in the Lord’s faithfulness and provision. and my test in this is to be patient while my husband and God wrestle this out. thanks again for sharing on a topic that is so difficult in our culture of instant gratification!

    • Abby, what a blessing it will be if you get to stay home! I stayed home for 4 years and just now temporarily back to work as we just opened up our business. If you guys can afford for you to stay home, you should! It’s soo worth it. Give the Lord your tests and he’ll be there for you!

  2. I am waiting on Him as I start a new blog on transformation: breaking free from negative emotions, bad habits, and sins. It’s a good lesson in patience! I don’t feel like I can write in my own strength (I’m not a good natural writer) so I have to pray until He gives me an idea and then keep praying to have the strength to write it. It’s been a difficult but good and growing experience, not to mention a good time of fellowship with Him. I love all your Bible verses and suggestions – very helpful!

    • Awesome Barb! I’ll have to check out your new blog! I am not a “natural” writer either, never was good at it in high school or college, at least that’s what I thought. If the Lord gave you this vision (your blog) than he’ll back up creativity and thoughts for your blog!

    • Hello Barb!
      Are you still working on this? I am working on something similar, but I wanted to make it into a whole website! I would love it if we could somehow work together! My email is downesj30@gmail.com, write me an email whe you get a chance.

  3. Whoops mistyped my site!
    ~ Debra

  4. Waiting is the hardest part. Having trust, patience and peace in the midst of uncertainty and delay requires the Grace of God. But every opportunity I have been given to wait on the Lord increases my ability to do so. James 1 in action: perseverance. Thanks for the post and the fresh translation of Habakkuk 2 which inspired the theme and mission for my site: Make It Plain on Tablets.
    Congratulations on the opening of your practice!
    ~Debra

  5. Thanks for sharing these points, Rachel! So timely for me right now, as I struggle with this very issue, in the context of potentially buying a new home. Several key factors are up in the air, and I find myself chafing against the uncertainty. Yet I know the Lord is asking me to just WAIT and trust that He sees the whole picture and His way and timing are best. I’m so thankful for my sisters in Christ, both in person and in the blogosphere, who remind me of these truths!

    • Hannah, you never know who the Lord will use to remind you of things, all of these comments for lovely ladies encourage me so! Good luck on your (soon to be) new home! Just be patient and enjoy what the Lord bring you!

  6. Yes, waiting and watching. Needing God to make sense of much in life and continue to direct and lead. Clinging to Him.

  7. Sometimes while we are waiting, God will lead us through hardships and trials. This was true for us when we were searching for a new church. We thought we were in the one He wanted us in, but over the course of a year or two, we discovered that this was just the stepping stone to where he really wanted us

    We also waited on God for another baby. In the last 2 years we have lost 2 little ones. I am currently 30 weeks pregnant. This years of loss were really hard and this pregnancy has been a walk of faith. Yet God is faithful in all things.

    • Sherri, I know all about the “valleys” in life, seems like forever getting to the mountain tops when your way down there. But you are so right, He is faithful! I too had a miscarriage (in December), one of the hardest things I have ever gone through! I too will wait on God, yet again for another baby if it is in His will! Congrats on your new bundle coming soon!

  8. TygerMama says:

    What a wonderful post to read today. For years we longed for a son, and believed that we would have one. We had three girls, who are blessings and miracles themselves (as all babies are) but especially since we lost 7 babies. We had people who told us to just accept that God’s will was for us to not have a son and “do something” about our recurrent miscarriages. It’s funny how people feel the need to tell you “God’s will” for your life. God told me when I was 12 I would have a son, and 20 years later, he was born to us. He will be 3 next month.
    Now we are waiting on God for a healing I am confident He will bring.
    Thank you for your reminder to surround ourselves with those who have faith with us and cut those who would cast doubt or shadows on what we are believing for. I am facing this very situation as we are asking people to pray for healing.
    God bless you!

    • Tyger Mama, awesome story of the Lord’s faithfulness! Praying for healing in the situation you mentioned! I will suggest finding a wellness based chiropractor to help in the healing if it’s a physical need! Blessings!

  9. Thank you for this timely post. My husband just brought that Habakkuk verse to my attention 2 days ago. We have just recently accepted the call to ministry, as my husband has just become the pastor of a small rural church 2 hours away from where we currently live. We are waiting for our house to sell in a difficult market (yet any property we like where we’re moving seems to be selling like hotcakes!). He is currently commuting on weekends (when the whole family goes, that includes 4 children ages 4 and under). It’s not easy living between 2 worlds, having to keep a house always tidy in the event of a showing, finding a new rhythym to our week, and getting used to the demands of full-time ministry, frequently packing up the whole family for overnight stays in others’ homes, not to mention trying to keep a nourishing diet on my family’s plates. I have been tempted to give in to despair at times. Why isn’t anyone coming to look at our house? When they do, why don’t they buy it? Why does every house we like sell before we can sell ours? I’m so exhausted! Doesn’t God see how tired I am? It is a constant CHOICE to be hopeful and to trust in the midst of seemingly impossible circumstances. God has been teaching me to trust Him through the gentle nudges of Scripture and encouraging words from friends, like this post. Thank you.

    • Isn’t it amazing how God works! You are sooo right, it is our choice to have faith in Him! Thanks for sharing what God has been teaching you, He is teaching me that too as I go from bring a sahm to a (temporarily) working mom and leaning on Him through the thick & thin!

  10. This was such a timely post for me, and it made me cry. :) I love all of the scriptures you used, and the points that went with them to help us while we wait.

    As you said, we all wait on God at different times in our lives, and I am in one of those times right now. It’s difficult when you have a dream in your heart, but nothing tangible set in front of you to show you it will ever really happen. I’ve just learned to keep trusting in Him and just recently started to (finally) learn how to find JOY in the waiting. Thanks, again, for such a great post, Rachel.

    • Ahhh Amy, you almost made me cry too! It took us years to get to this point and I still have more dreams like having more children, but in His timing and in His will is the best place to be! “Finding JOY in the waiting” is a great quote Amy! My tagline for my blog is “Finding JOY in it all” James 1:2! Another great scripture to cling to!

  11. Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been struggling to become more open to God and my relationship with Him. The points you made are strong and really hit home.

    Thanks again!

    • Jenna, so glad you were touched by this post! Keep trusting in Him and opening up to Him! “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

  12. LOVE this! i am not a patient person…yet i’ve learned {through trial and error} that making things happen by my own is NOT the way to go! hee hee. we have been waiting patiently for A llloooonnngggg time. the Lord moved us to Georgia to teach us many lessosns. then to the remote mountains in Idaho. now, are back home in OK wondering just what the Lord is up to!! :) we are so excited!
    I’m finishing up my dissertation in natural medicine…the paper is on natural husbandry or raising farm animals and pets naturally. I love natural medicine and can’t help but wonder why more people don’t believe in it.
    God bless you and your lovely family!!
    brooke

  13. A friend sent me this post today and it was such sweet water to my soul. Thank you for your obedience to wait on the Lord – even to wait to post this message today. I’ve often thought about that very issue – how very “now” oriented we are, yet God has demonstrated in his word over and over that His timing is so different…And so many had to wait very long periods of time for his promises! I appreciate your encouragement to not lose hope. When God gives us a heart or a vision for something he wants in our life, we have to stay focused and not lose heart.
    May your day be filled with blessings!

    • Jeannette, I’m so glad a friend sent you this post and it was an encouragement to you! Your comment is an encouragement to me as well! Whatever you are waiting on I know it will be better than you could have ever imagined because when you have faith in Him, He succeeds your expectations! Blessings!

  14. Hi Stephanie!
    So happy I found your article on Keeper of the Home. I enjoyed your valuable insights. I, too, am passionate about good nutrition and healthy living. As a wife, mother, and grandmother, I have dealt with health issues that have required research into alternative health. Here in Florida, I have found a wonderful chiropractor who uses a non-aggressive, natural health approach. You might check out his book, Health Is Wealth by Dr. Scott C. Senne.

    I currently find myself on a journey towards fostering spiritual growth and health in young children through my children’s book series, God’s Secret Garden Adventures. The first book shows the importance of prayer, the second teaches obedience, and the third, in process, shows the harm of teasing and bullying. Young children are like little sponges and it is important to plant positive, Biblical concepts in their hearts at an early age. God bless you for what you are doing to influence other young mothers…and fathers, too.

    • Laura, Stephanie, the editor has great posts! I am so honored she allows me to write a post for Keeper of the Home once a month!

      Thanks for sharing about your chiropractor’s book, I’ll have to look at it! Also, what neat books you are writing, please send me info when you are done with them over at my blog, http://www.day2dayjoys.com!

  15. This was a beautiful post Rachel, thank you for sharing these wonderful reminders…SO encouraging. What a fabulous idea too…to make it possible for others to ask your husband questions related to his field of expertise.

    • Natalie, thank you so much for your sweet comment! I got the idea from my blogging friend Stacy Makes Cents, her husband answers financial related questions weekly. I hope you ask an “Ask Dr. Jake” question soon! :)

  16. just what I needed to hear today… thanks for being God’s voice to me this morning!

  17. Your post was exactly what I needed to read this morning! Thank you and God bless your ministry!

  18. Thank you for these wise and encouraging words. Waiting for a baby for 3 years now. Starting fertility treatment next month. Easy to get discouraged. A needed reminder.

    • Ann, I know how you feel! Give it all to him! Even your treatments! Listen to Him and you’ll find what you are looking for even if it’s not the route you would have chosen! Blessing Ann!

  19. Ahhh…just the wisdom and encouragement I needed to read this morning! Just beautiful Rachel. I love Habakkuk and the versus you shared made me think of the Biblical significance of having a “Vision Board.” Thank you so much for a wonderful post!

    • Thank You for your sweet words Andrea! Yes, vision boards are a must! That way you can keep track if your goals are getting completed! We make one every year with categories like: spiritual, family, financial, personal, etc.

  20. What a wonderful post. Funny, I just posted that very same song on my blog this week :) I love it! Never once did we ever walk alone.
    Two years ago my husband and I went through an incredibly trying time in our marriage during which we were separated for 2 months. At one point during the separation I remember hearing a song on the radio (KLOVE) about joy coming in the morning. I prayed to God right then saying, “Lord, I am ready for the morning. Please bring the morning. I am ready!” and God gently spoke to me saying “Daughter, you are ready, yes, but he is not.”
    The waiting time is hard, but there is so much happening what we don’t see, and to rush ahead would be to miss all the work that God is doing :)

    • Megan. yes, God is at work at it all even when we don’t “see” it! The waiting to SOOO hard and the valleys are hard to climb up but soon you get to the mountain top!

  21. Thank you for the encouraging words. We have been waiting for almost a year now. Mostly for things just to not be so hard, but mostly for that right job for my husband, and a new house that will better suit our growing family. Sometimes we seem so close, only to find out that is not the plan at all. Still we wait, but I appreciate your words of encouragement.

  22. Very good advice Rachel. Waiting is so hard for us now days, but it is mandatory for a Christian. We are not to try to take the lead with God…what He has in store is so much better than what we have planned! Rachel, I am so happy that you and Jake have launched your business…and I pray for your continued submission to God’s plan!

  23. Great post–Thank you for sharing your heart, Rachel! We, too, are waiting on the Lord!

  24. Wise advice! We are still in waiting mode for a few things in our life, and this is such an encouragement.

  25. I needed to read this. We too have been waiting and this is just what I needed to keep me going! I had been believing that God will work things out, and in reality I need to KNOW that He will. Thank you!

    • “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28…. He will even when it seems to us like it will never get figured out! Keep on giving it to Him Alicia! He will come through!