Special thanks to Tim Young for agreeing to give away 2 copies of his book!
I recently shared my thoughts about the upcoming Son of God movie and expressed that I am excited to see it. I have been given the opportunity to provide host a giveaway of four free tickets to see Son of God in theaters!
I am excited about this and hope you will deepen your relationship with Jesus as a result of seeing this visual description of His life. For those of you who may not win, I hope you still take a moment to reflect on Jesus by seeing the film. Good luck!
The idea: Choose one word which will represent what I desire for God to work in my life this year. Read more about this movement over at myoneword.org.
Sounds easy, that is, picking one word. Then, there were many more words coming to my mind than I first considered. So after reflection, observation, and prayer, I feel God desires for me to learn the art of the waiting.
Wait is my one word for 2014. This word, wait, is going to guide my growth as an individual throughout this year.
I feel that God has been working on waiting with me for awhile. I’ve always desired to see instant results. I know certain things require time to blossom. However, I seem to get bored while living in the in-between.
Wait & What It Means:
Dictonary.com says wait can mean “to look forward to eagerly.” It can also mean “to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens.”
In other terms waiting is trusting in God’s ability to finish. Placing hope in God’s faithfulness. It is counting on God.
Waiting comes with patience, something I sometimes do not have much of. But waiting patiently does not mean sitting back and relaxing. It means to push forward with the expectation that God will arrive on the scene to help at any second. It doesn’t mean do nothing, it means do something and look to God for help. It means counting on God to do the things that we cannot do ourselves.
All this action occurs with a calmness of spirit. Any movement progresses without irritability, without losing one’s temper, and without losing one’s mind. It is empty of complaint and employs a great deal of self-control. This is true patience.
Waiting also includes perseverance. I can expect to have my faith tested. I can expect stressors to enter my life. This is God’s way of developing perseverance and maturing me in my faith.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4 (NIV)
So when the stressors come, if I am learning to wait on God, then I will be calm and not stressed out. I will not let complaints roll off my tongue. This isn’t a hard idea to wrap my brain around, it is just a difficult virtue to develop. God help me to match my living with my understanding of this concept.
This year I determine to learn how to WAIT on God:
- for His presence
- for His strength
- for His provision
- for His direction
- for His timing
- for His wisdom
As I learn to wait on God, I will also develop more patience with people. I will become less irritable with my wife when I’m feeling stress. I will be avoid feeling stress as situations may not change as quickly as I desire. I will learn how to better balance my family life as I learn to wait on God.
As I learn to wait on God, I will also develop in my abilities to stay persistent without seeing immediate results. I will discover how to let God further develop ideas inside my mind. I will also learn how to organize and plan actions within a fitting timeline. I will understand how to execute things in the correct timing.
My Scriptures for WAIT:
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for morning,
more than watchmen wait for morning.
Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.
My reading plan for WAIT:
My Song for WAIT:
“Waiting Here for You” as performed by Christy Nockles
“Waiting Here for You” as performed by Martin Smith
ChristianBlogge.rs is holding a vote for the best Christian blogs of 2013. In short, it would rock if you’d be willing to pop over to the website and put in a vote for yours truly. You’ll also be able to vote for up to 4 additional blogs to be included in the list (or five blogs total if you feel I don’t make the cut).
Today I am announcing the release of The Scripture Reader’s Manifesto. If you’ve already subscribed to my email updates, you’ll get a special email with the link to download the manifesto for free. For those of you who have not subscribed yet, you can get the manifesto for free by subscribing to my email updates here, or you can grab the manifesto for Amazon Kindle here.
The manifesto is a call for you to fall in love (or back in love) with reading the Bible.
Check out a little more about the manifesto, a couple of quote graphics, and some tools to help you spread the word by clicking here.
May God’s Word reach through your mind, into your heart, and inside your soul.