Waiting Is Hard – Leibester Award

Allowing your soul to enter a space of wait is difficult.

So many in this day and age and yes I include myself in this find it easy to get caught up in everything. We see people doing things we wanted to do, having things we want to have, etc. This over time if not handled properly can create idolitry, causes comparison, leads to self-works. Can cause strife, bitterness, pride and many other things.

I wait for the Lord , my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
Psalms 130:5 KJV

Doing things in self-work eventually wears you down. Cause if it is outside the will of God for your life you will find a constant depletion of energy. Working and doing things within Gods will, will still be work, just not exhaustive work. Many times we know we are operating outside his will as we have no peace thus causing exhaustion. We entertain worry, doubt, fear of losing what we worked to get

Allowing God to do things on His time will save you peace and energy. Gods time is outside of our time. Thats why many times we get caught uo in the notion God isn’t working or moving I got to do it all myself. He is at work, He is moving, perhaps not in the way hoped. He wants to develop character, integrity, fruit, prudence in your life before bringing things waited for.

Allowing waiting to be a time of preparation shifts focus from what you don’t have to what can I grow and develop in, in my hear and now. In states of self-work we are consumed with obtaining what we waited for so much it can blind us to things we need to see that could be hurt down the road. When our focus shifts blinders come off and then we can see the real deal of reality.

We have to allow waiting to be seen in our mind as a preparation time and not as a punishment. Believe me having that kind of mindset keeps you in a defeated place. Grow in womanhood or manhood. Grow in God dive into His word and study it out. Be part of a church that leads you to growth in spirit, soul and body (1 Thess 5:23). Learn to take charge of your mind and shift if by renewal (Romans 12:1-2 & Eph 4:23). Having thr right Pastor, Spiritual mother and father makes a huge difference. I know I am thankful for mine.

They know there are things I am waiting on God to bring and do in my life. They pour into me to help me get renewed to shift my mind back if I gone astray and its causing character defects. I will keep waiting patiently, all the while growing, developing and praying until doors open. This keeps me in a place of operating in faith with works.

I pray this encourages anyone waiting for things to happen in their life.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Habakkuk 2:3 KJV

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Leibester Award

Many gracious thanks to Laura M Bailey of All The Shoes I Wear for this nomination and sharing my blog space with your followers. Be sure to visit her blog 🙂

RULES

Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award

Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you.

Nominate 5 other bloggers and notify them of their nomination

“This award is meant to encourage new bloggers. From The Global Aussie: “The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

To my Nominees, choose any or all the question above OR you may instead, list 11 random facts about yourself.

My Random 11 Facts

  1. I am part of a wonderful church family at Reformation Developmental Center in Tarboro, NC. Pastored by the amazing Juanita Gibbs of whom is a Pastor, Blogger, Life Coach, Author and Professor, Inspiritation to many on many ways. She has helped culivate my writing, ordained me as a youth teacher and has helped uncover gifts, talents and abilities within me.
  2. I love being a youth teacher to my lil joys and developing lesson and plans to bring the word of God to them on their level
  3. I enjoy writing and studying the word.
  4. I will be an author one day.
  5. I enjoy a cup of coffee
  6. I love Lush Cosmetics for their Sleepy lotion and bath bombs
  7. I love doing administrative works
  8. I enjoy encouraging people
  9. I love Mexican food
  10. I want to travel to many foreign destinations.
  11. Photography I love

My Nominees Are…..

Kelleydiy

Kathleenriley777

Saving Joyfully

Queenie

Laci, McGee Travel Tales

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Instant Gratification

Learning to wait on the Lord in a “gotta have it now” society.

Waiting nowadays is one of the hardest things imaginable. For example its getting colder now as Fall season is upon us and I happened to be a coffee shop this past saturday. The brood of people before me all placed their order and waited.

I placed my order then got to wait also. I went and sat down at the coffee bar and waited what I felt was very patiently. I saw all the folks ahead of me one by one obtain their drink order. The shop manager struck up a conversation with me as he was cleaning, taking out trash, I told him it was obvious it was the busy season amd many orders (like 6) were ahead of mine. The folks ahead of me ordering all left so I was so excited mine was next right.

But, that wasn’t the case at all. The baristas were behind the counter hustling and makin coffee for the drive through orders and in house orders all in a tizzy of coffee madness.

One by one the folks behind me got all their coffee also. By this time the shop manager came back out and asked me what had I ordered so my coffee could be located. It had already been made but was never called out. The young lady barista looks at the store manager in frustration declaring “well why didnt she say something before now”.

I looked as I felt my flesh rising with the snappy remark and I said to both I saw you were busy so unlike some I exercised patience. This is the busy season after all for warm beverages and I could wait patiently. The store manager thanked me for waiting patiently.

Now the quandry with this senario is, not long ago I probably wouldn’t have been so patient in this situation. I would have lost my cool and been very snappy back with the young barista lady. In a season of time my pastor has expressively stated about the importance of exercising/walking in the fruit of the spirit in hard press times.

I wait for the Lord , my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.
Psalms 130:5 NASB

My soul (mind, will, and emotions) has had to grow to a place of using the fruits of the spirit to grow in character. Believe me my personal character needed and needs to grow.

There have been times when I would wait on things from God and when they didnt come or happen when I wanted them too I would be just like a 2yr old having a tantrum. That was all the more unbecoming of someone in my physical age. This way of thinking had to be clipped as it kept me in a place of perpetual depression and anxiety. Plus, it wasn’t a full life of faith and trust in God.

Learning to wait on the Lord comes with many senarios of developing a patient way of being. The more I grow patient with the Lord and what He wants done in my character has proven to be far more important than receiving any blessing.

So, if your waiting on God please know your wait has purpose. It has character developing times if you allow that to happen. Waiting doesn’t mean doing nothing either. Waiting is a way of being and a way of thinking.

Waiting requires a mindset change, its one that is worth fighting to shift.

~Cynthia 😉

Strength of God

Seek God for Strength

In order for me to stop relying so much on myself and what I can do within my limitations. I have had to learn to grow to a place of humility. Humbleness in seeking help, guidace, and strength.

Learning that to grow to a place of humbleness means some part of me had to come to submission. That part of me is my soul (mind, will, and emotions).

Our soul will lead us around in life as we continue to allow it to do so. I can be a very emotionally and logically lead person and neither of those two characteristics are favorable to faith in what God says He can and will do.

Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.
Psalms 105:4 NASB

To seek His face continually in prayer and causing my soul to come under the submission of the spirit is a constant work.

There are days the battle for my soul to submit is like WWIII and other days its easier. That is only because some areas are just now learning to submit; whereas, other areas have had some work on already.

The new areas where the battles wages hard are the places where I need God strength the most. Cause I will be fighting in my own strength and not allowing Him to fight my battles for me.

As the word of truth says that in my weakness His strength is made perfect in me. That too comes with trust and allowing God to do the necessary work in me that He wants to see me grow and mature in.

This growing and choosing to submit is a daily choice to make to see me grow into more the woman of God he had predestined for me to become.

~Cynthia 😍

Seek Wisdom

Wisdom is a precious jewel!

For someone like me I am quick to get right into my head and think think about everything. This causes me to get into more logic than I do faith.

My logic and reasoning can be so loud that the voice of the spirit in me trying to speak is squealched out. I have been learning to stop that when my logic kicks in. Its just like starting a car you know when you put the key in to start it up. I have had to become aware of when I do that and hault it.

I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.
Ecclesiastes 7:25 NASB

In this season I am learning that I have to re-direct my mond from what it may know, assume, view as suspecious, see as fear and shut it down at the gate and turn to voice of reason.

God has placed before me in my leadership sound coucel, a woman of God whom is full of wisdom. Pastor Juanita Gibbs is one that I am greatful that I can turn to and present what is currently going on in my life and world to get the wisdom I need to navigate life, the situation and things better.

My foolishness has been keeping the issues I face to myself in a way of pride, not allowing voices of wisdom to help me out. This has been the fown fall of many a folly in my life. I have been the cause of much of my own pain and hurt cause of leaning on my own limited understanding.

Seeking good Godly councel has been definitley a trajectory changer. I am finding I am getting through things better than I was doing it in myself;(pride).

I am so eternally greatful for her and my whole church family for the love, support, ear and arms in times like there have been. As Pastor beautifully brought out last Wednesday in teleclass. Find your spiritual family that will help you grow and mature.

~Cynthia 😍

Muck and Mire

Press!!

Gods word has the power to bring me up from the miry clay that seems to surround me often. He has done it in the past!

The mire is undesirable circumstances that appear to have no way of escaping or getting out of. If I hold onto the truth and the power of His word by faith the miry clay has to let go.

He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
Psalms 40:2 NASB

For as long as I can recall now for the last 2 years I have been hooked on anchors and the verse Hebrews 6:19. I often related the anchor resting upon a rock (solid rock = Jesus) to keep stable even when the storms and waves crash on us.

He wants me firmly anchored in Him to not be so easily moved as I have been in my past. When a reality hits it can move me swiftly out of faith. I have to guard and be aware to catch it. If not, I will find myself way off course and having to stuggle to get back.

Just like a lotus flower has to press and grow its way through mud and waters and currents to bloom. I too must press past mud, murk, mire, water, currents of life to bloom in the faith.

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~Cynthia 😍

Meditating on Hope

Think positivley!

I want the verse below planted inside my memory bank to be able to pull withdrawals from in times of feeling low and leaning toward negativity.

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord , ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 NASB

Gods knows the plans He has for my life and they are good and not my destruction, so that I can pull from that and hold onto hope in Him.

No matter what when the good, the bad and the ugly happens in life, there is a plan and purpose that can come from growing from those experiances that normally make me feel negative.

I have to take the lesson and grow, mature, and change for the better to be more positive in my thought life.

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~Cynthia 😍

Waiting in full Hope

Devistation will come, try not to loose hope when it comes.

This year I recall getting two seperate phone calls about somethings I had a high hope to come through for me. I had such high hopes for both to only have them dashed.

The disappointment and devistation I felt ran so deep that it exposed a layer of fear I have for things I have high hopes for.

The fear showed me that my stance wasn’t strong in faith. The slighetest thing knocked me out of faith and right into doubt, fear, worry, anxiety and depression.

I wanted something so bad that when it was a half yes/half not right now, that I immediatley went into negativity. Things in life will not always work out how we plan them, but they will work out in how God plans them.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NASB

I have had to begin to learn how to tap into believing even when I get a “no” or a “not yet” as an answer. The “no’s” I have gotten in the past sent me right to unbelief.

Now to shift from my old way to a new way is by working my way when a “no” or “not right now” comes to be stronger and still remain in faith is a choice I am finding.

I can have peace and joy in believing that the things hoped for will abound to me in time. I have to keep working to standing in faith and not waivering.

It have to make that choice to do so when feelings try to rule me back into my old pattern. This is the work to not fall back into unbelief and find a stance in the faith, remain full of joy and peace that anchors hope that is able to abound to me from God by the Holy Spirit.

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~Cynthia 😍