What Are You Waiting For?

Need a car? A job? A house or a spouse? Most of us spend a lot of time waiting for something, true?Waiting can be a test of our patience, but I think it has gotten a bad rap. As I share in my book, “The Power of Faith”, waiting on God is a key ingredient to receiving God’s best. Don’t know about you, but that’s what I’m holding out for.

Many of you know my God/car story #1; how, as a single parent, I waited for so many years for a new car and then, quite unexpectedly, my aunt offered to buy me one and it was the car of my dreams PLUS.

Well, now it’s time to share God/car story #2.

My youngest has been urging me to buy a new car for several years now.
“I’m not ready yet,” was my usual answer. This past January, however, I decided to start looking, just to see what was out there and what I liked. On a cold and blustery winter day, I boarded the light rail and headed downtown to the car show. To keep this short, I’ll spare you the details, for now, but I decided on three models I thought I was interested in.

Spring came and I decided to test drive the vehicles on the weekends. It was a fun but time-consuming¬†experience. The salesmen were mostly nice except for the guy who thought I didn’t know what VW stood for ūüė¶ But anyway. I had it down to two choices and was planning on waiting till next year to actually purchase.

But God. Don’t you love it when God steps in? I sure do. Two Saturdays ago,¬†I was praying about how much to spend for the car and a figure came to mind. The plan for the day was to visit¬†two other dealerships, and check out some models I had not originally considered.

As I sat at the salesman’s desk, the topic of my book came up.
“What is your book about?” he asked. Reaching into my purse, I pulled out a postcard with the book information and gave it to him. Eddie paused long and hard gazing at the postcard. He put it down on his desk and rolled up the sleeve on his shirt. Tattooed on his left forearm was one word.

FAITH.

Now I ask you – what are the chances of that? So then, he proceeds to present the pricing to me.
“What do you think?” he asked.
“Well, it’s late and I haven’t had lunch. I need to go home and think about it,” I replied.
Knowing I was about to walk out, he calls the manager over. Now, you know how that works, don’t you?

The manager looks me in the eye and says “If you buy this car today, I’ll give it to you for $X”.
Guess what? $X was the exact amount God had given me in prayer earlier that morning. I knew God was stepping in and telling me it was time to buy a car.

So, dear one, what is it that you have been waiting for? What has God been telling you? Stay in faith, keep in prayer, and listen for his answer. God is faithful and he is also very clear. Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Until next time, keep looking up!

Have a Little Faith

This week I have been contemplating the issue of faith. I have been told I have a lot of faith. But do I really? When it comes down to the core issues and people in my life, how do I respond?

The Bible says each of us has been given a measure of faith (Rom 12:3). Like a muscle, though, we must exercise our faith for it to grow. In order to live well, it is important to learn to walk by faith and not by sight.

It seems I trust God when it comes to some things, but not in others. Perhaps I am spending too much energy trying to “do” things that please God and not enough time listening, trusting, and believing. I have worn myself out at different times in my life and I am beginning to understand how – by not trusting God to work in others and by trying to do too much in my own strength.

Rom 4:4 says “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” In other words, God sees us as righteous, not because of all our good works, but because of our faith and trust in Him. While I may be thinking I am pleasing God, I am saddened to realize that this does not please God at all. Scripture says that all my good works are like filthy rags (Is.64:6)

From now on, I am going to listen to my sons when they tell me “Have a little faith, Ma!” and really take it to heart and stop trying so hard to make things happen. I am going to expect a positive outcome even when I don’t see it at the present moment. Faith is pulling the dreams of tomorrow into our today and that is exactly what I am going to do. How about you, beloved? Today will you have a little more faith?

Have a Little Faith

This week I have been contemplating the issue of faith. I have been told I have a lot of faith. But do I really? When it comes down to the core issues and people in my life, how do I respond?

The Bible says each of us has been given a measure of faith (Rom 12:3). Like a muscle, though, we must exercise our faith for it to grow. In order to live well, it is important to learn to walk by faith and not by sight.

It seems I trust God when it comes to some things, but not in others. Perhaps I am spending too much energy trying to “do” things that please God and not enough time listening, trusting, and believing. I have worn myself out at different times in my life and I am beginning to understand how – by not trusting God to work in others and by trying to do too much in my own strength.

Rom 4:4 says “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” In other words, God sees us as righteous, not because of all our good works, but because of our faith and trust in Him. While I may be thinking I am pleasing God, I am saddened to realize that this does not please God at all. Scripture says that all my good works are like filthy rags (Is.64:6)

From now on, I am going to listen to my sons when they tell me “Have a little faith, Ma!” and really take it to heart and stop trying so hard to make things happen. I am going to expect a positive outcome even when I don’t see it at the present moment. Faith is pulling the dreams of tomorrow into our today and that is exactly what I am going to do. How about you, beloved? Today will you have a little more faith?