Waiting and Hoping

Waiting and Hoping

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Waiting on God to answer a long-awaited, anguished prayer is hard when nothing changes. How do I stay calm when my circumstances are still the same and yet be thankful that the situation isn’t worse? How do I stay positive and not give up or give in? How can I use God’s grace to remain calm and happy no matter how bad it gets?

I know we all at one point asks these questions. They’re not easy to answer depending on what we’re dealing with at the moment. And there are some good days and some bad. Still we have to remain consistent while we wait on God. His timing and his ways are higher than ours.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)

In past, I would be so frustrated even to the point of despair. But, I’m beginning to feel differently as I get older. I find that I have less time to stay upset all the time. I think you reach a point where you realize that you can’t control the circumstances of your life so why worry to death over them? It’s just not worth it.

I’m not sure how long I have on planet earth, but I do know that I want to enjoy the journey. It’s hard to fathom that Jesus died taking on all He did to redeem me just so that I can remain miserable until it’s time to go be with Him. Impossible!

We have the victory over every situation whether He answers today, tomorrow, next week or next year. Take this and ponder it…God NEVER breaks His word. EVER. If He said it, it will happen. Yes, I’m still waiting on certain prayers to be answered, but I don’t have to wait grudgingly. I can wait with excitement and if there are days I struggle to be excited, I just wait with hope in my heart.

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.