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  1. “When impatience rises in me, empower me to wait on You, and help me to pay attention to how You move even in the waiting.”

    “We can grow closer to God in seasons of waiting as we rely on Him.”

    Reminds me of this scripture that has been in my mind for the last little while:
    “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:4, NIV)

    Amen, Amen, & Amen.

    Dear Mary/(in)courage,
    Your post reflects and reinforces my earlier thoughts from this morning. Thank you for sharing. Keep up the good work. May God encourage you in all you do!

    Love & Blessings to you all!

  2. The waiting times give rise to times to shine Jesus to a watching world that is so instantaneous & impatient. Empowered by His Spirit we can be brave & patient in the waiting. We can also be the encouragers to others who are struggling in a waiting situation. Just as Anna & Simeon we can demonstrate holiness in our waiting & shock the world around us all for His glory! Sooo much easier to type than to walk in BUT it is God Who enables us! Thank you Mary for the wise words of encouragement! Blessings!

  3. Thank you Mary. Thank you for this prayer I need today AND everyday right now as I am “in the waiting”
    Waiting for the right job. Waiting for a house with a yard.. and 2 bathrooms would be nice…lol.
    I am grateful, but I’m pretty bratty too!

    “God, it’s so hard to wait. Please help me to be patient. Remind me of Your promises and give me faith that You will fulfill them. When impatience rises in me, empower me to wait on You, and help me to pay attention to how You move even in the waiting” Amen.
    Yes Amen. Thank you God. Thank you for all the women you put in my day that remind me in their words, hugs, love and friendship that You are always working for my good, my family, my community and my church \0/

  4. God provides certain blessings during wait times that we’d miss if life was always problem free and blissful. Wait time provides opportunity for: trust in God and the character trait of resolve to develop (Psalm 27:14), growth in relationship with our Heavenly Father (Psalm 62:5-8), development of spiritual maturity (James 1:2-4), and gratitude practice (1 Thessalonians 5:16)–taking joy in what we already have. Remembering these positives can help us to be patient while we wait.

  5. Mary,

    God uses waiting periods to mold & teach us. It was in such times that I learned important lessons. The best one is how to trust God implicitly. I was dealing with aging parents’ dementia & health issues. Twice had to put my dad into Gero Psych unit at local hospital. The first time was hard for I didn’t know what to expect or the outcome. Spent many a day in the lobby crying asking God to just take dad home if this is how it will be. After 1 month my dad was better than when he went in. I had my daddy back for a year. Then, I believe, he had a stroke. He died in the hospital. In that season I asked God for a part-time job. He gave me one quickly & after 24 months they let me go. Surprisingly I was ecstatic. Came home & started applying for other jobs. Less than two weeks later God gave me a better part-time ICU Step Down Clerical position at large hospital in town. Fast forward little over 2 years & He has blessed me with a full-time ICU clerical position at same hospital.

    It just goes to show you that waiting/suffering can produce perseverance. Perseverance produces character which leads to hope. Asking God to give everyone more patience. May He empower us all to wait on You, and help each one to pay attention to how You move even in the waiting. Amen.

    Blessings 🙂