While We Wait

Patience concept.I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not patient when it comes to waiting. I have a lot of work to do in this area. I was telling someone the other day that I’d rather take the long way around then to sit in a traffic jam that would let me arrive in a shorter time. I obviously don’t have to commute into Atlanta every day. I don’t like to way very long for my food when I go to restaurant either. I really need to be more patient, but quite frankly, I’m afraid to pray for patience!

Paul in his letter to Titus gets right to the point in several areas. He gives straight talk in several areas of growth. I came across the three little words tucked in the middle of a sentence. These three words spoke into my heart about what I can while being patient. Check this out…

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,12 instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 14 He gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people for his own possession, eager to do good works. (Titus 2:11-14 CSB)

While I wait, I can pursue God’s heart.

While I wait, I can live a sensible way.

While I wait, I can live in a godly way.

While I wait, I can love others like Jesus loves.

While I wait, I can serve others.

While I wait, I can teach with my life.

Waiting is really a part of my life. I often must wait for people to connect for an appointment. I must wait on the lender to get the buyer ready to close on the loan. I must wait on the closing attorney to get the title work complete so that the seller can sell and the buyer can buy. I must wait on the appraiser, surveyor…. the list could go on and on. I’m learning that waiting is simply part of living.

I smiled when I thought of Brad Paisley’s song from a few years back called: Waiting On A Woman.

I’m waiting on the Lord today. I’ve got plenty to do while I wait.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Morning Prayer

Country road at sunriseI love the morning – it seems like everything is new and fresh. Yesterday is now history and time to look forward. I love starting my day in God’s Word and listen to Him speak into my heart as I begin a new day. I decided a few years back that I would not do anything in my day prior to listening to Him.  I believe my time with Him is the most important meeting on my schedule. The morning I was blessed with a morning prayer from King David. Check this out…

8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground. (Psalm 143:8-10 NIV)

Trust – I affirm my love, respect & honor for the Lord.

Rescue – He helps me deal with those who want to harm me.

Teach – He speaks directly into my heart & then I live out my heart.

Lead – He prompts, shows & levels me out – He makes my path clear.

I just want to rest and abide this day under the Word of God. I need Him more than I need anything. His Presence in my heart brings great clarity to my schedule. This morning prayer clarifies my need for Him first thing.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Rebuke

Teenage girl in trouble with parentsThis word carries with it “stern disapproval or reprimand”. I know what it’s like to be rebuked. I grew up getting rebuked occasionally as my parents helped shape my character. I have also rebuked my children at times growing up. It is not fun when I’m the recipient of rebuke, nor is it fun to be the giver of rebuke. When I stop, and think about it, I only rebuke because I care about the person or subject I’m speaking about. I don’t use rebuke to tear down another, but to build something inside them.

I have been rebuked by The Lord. He has “set me straight” more than once in my life and I’m very open to Him keeping me in line with Him and His Word.  Asaph penned a song that included this very subject. Check this out…

At your rebuke, God of Jacob,
    both horse and chariot lie still.

It is you alone who are to be feared.
    Who can stand before you when you are angry?
From heaven you pronounced judgment,
    and the land feared and was quiet—
when you, God, rose up to judge,
    to save all the afflicted of the land. (Psalm 76:6-9 NIV)

I think it’s extremely important to have a healthy respect and reverence for the Lord. He is Creator of all the earth. He is in charge of His Creation and everything I can see or know. He is even patient with some His hard-headed kids like me.  I’m so thankful for His patience and His grace. I don’t deserve to be His kid but because of His Son Jesus, I get to be a child of His. I can’t stop speaking about all that the Lord has done for me. He has forgiven me and He has restored my soul many times. He has given me opportunity to speak on His behalf and to lead others to Him.  As I read this passage in Psalms this morning, I was reminded of a passage that a young preacher was challenged with from the apostle Paul. Check this out…

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Timothy 4:2 NIV)

I love this challenge that Paul gives the young man Timothy. He is to lift up the Word. The Word of God most definitely corrects, rebukes and encourages. The Word is also a great resource of careful instruction. I want the Word to speak into my life today and everyday as I pursue the Heart of God.

Pressing On!

Dwayne