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Topic: Retreat (as in quiet time away) (08/01/05)
TITLE: Waiting on God
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It has been eleven months since my daughter’s birth, and I have embraced each milestone knowing that this day would soon arrive -- she is sleeping on the couch only a few feet away without me. I am free! It will not be for the entire evening, but an hour or two will suffice. It is enough to write several paragraphs for this week’s challenge.
My daughter is certainly a huge blessing in my life; however, she is not the whole lot. God has promised to give me all the desires of my heart. Conceiving and giving birth to my daughter is only one of the many moments where God has met me face to face, and breathed on me.
Writing fulfills a deep desire of my heart. And, God is faithful in allowing me to publish my works in a variety of ways. However, this was not always the case. Although I have been writing for my own website for years, and accomplished numerous writing jobs for charity, I wanted more. My passion for writing was waiting for a major growth spurt. I felt if God did not open a door for me soon that I would explode! During my employment at a magazine publication, I had a secret dream of one day being able to write articles while at the time my skills were in finance. I became desperate, and so one afternoon at my desk, I prayed aloud, “God, why do your children need to beg for bread?” Little did I know I was reciting scripture at the time and pleading with God. I wish I could recount the events and tell you that God instantly started sending assignments my way, but that would be false. It took approximately a year before my desire was met, and once again, God met with me and reaffirmed my destiny.
Waiting on God is not always easy but necessary as He prepares the way ahead. Stepping out with God is our guarantee that the task before us will have purpose and will be successful. Keep in mind that His blessings add no sorrow, so it is best to wait for His timing instead of initiating a false start.
Appropriately, I am now waiting on God’s prompting for an ending to this written piece. I am careful to give Him full reign so as not to prematurely cut the flow. My desires are being manifested in and through me during this article, even so, they are not solely mine, but His intention to minister to those with heavy hearts. While you are waiting for your desire to manifest, be patient, and do not become weary in doing good, for in due season you will reap a harvest.
This writing retreat has certainly refreshed my mind and spirit, bringing to remembrance God’s faithfulness in my desires to influence and encourage all who read these inspired thoughts.
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