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Waiting on God

A powerful motivation for believing God in our present state is intentionally remembering how he’s worked in our past.  

Have you ever wondered what you should be doing with your time while you are waiting on God for an answer?   Many of us may believe that we are not doing life right, or that things are going wrong in our lives, when we have absolutely no control of the season we are about to navigate.


Life often takes a twist, or makes a turn that is frightening or confusing, painful or debilitating.  Difficult challenges, upset feelings, moments of confusion are just a part of life’s process. Perhaps these things are here to keep us alert, to make us stronger, or to test our resolve to keep moving forward. I call this the “waiting” period.  Perhaps they are not a sign that we are wrong, that we are failing or that our life is about to fall apart. The only way we can know for sure is to be willing to walk through every part of the process.  The good, the bad and the not so good.   Perhaps if we stopped trying to figure out the process of life, this would proceed exactly as it should.   I’ve learned I have no control what happens in specific circumstances. They are “out of my reach” to do anything about it but to accept the circumstances, pray for God’s Will and trust in Him.


But we glory in our sufferings, because we know suffering produces perseverance, character and hope. Romans: 5:3


Whatever the situation, circumstances, predicament or challenges you face at this very moment, you have earned the divine right to go through what you are going through based on the way you got through, got over, went around or handled a similar season.  You learned something then that you can surely use now. Think about it!  You have already demonstrated your ability to get up. You have made it clear that you can handle the rough times and hard stuff as you navigated through tight places.   Sharing your story may be someone else’s survival guide. The process of life is ever unfolding, guiding us, pushing us, in preparation of what’s to come.


I open my heart and mind to be aware. . . I must believe that whatever it is, I can handle it.


There’s been so much “waiting” in my life the last couple years that a “time out” would be very welcoming.   We are so busy during this season of waiting, that we are doing everything humanly possible to keep our head above water not to drown in sorrow and fear.  Waiting requires we have patience, lots of patience, which I don’t have.  With our faith and mental ability to remember that once the wheels start turning and movement has begun, the destination will surely be reached ~ eventually.  What happened to immediate gratification? Lord knows He is still working with me on patience.  We are tested… God is always trying to see just how much we will take and how much we can do, under as many circumstances as possible.  Does this sound familiar?


But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isiah 40:31



If you are waiting on God today, let’s learn from David what we can be doing while we are waiting.


In Psalm 101, Verse 1 David said, “I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.” What consumes your heart while waiting on God? In Verse 2, David said, “I will be careful to lead a blameless life – when will you come to me?” 


While waiting on God, David is “careful” to lead a blameless life. It takes intention and choice. While waiting for God for an answer, David chooses to intentionally develop a blameless life.  Experience teaches us that our faith is paying off.  Once we’ve survived what seemed an endless waiting period, we become more faithful. The difference between faith and experience is this:  One you must work on.  The other works on you.

Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:17


I not only love God and trust Him, I love trusting him.  God is not a part of my life; He is my life!  It is a constant reminder of a perpetual miracle in my own life.  Until today, you may not have realized that your faith and experiences work hand in hand.  Just for today, use your faith to create better experiences.  Use your experience to activate a deeper sense of faith.


Love In Christ,


PL Parr

Maybe It's OK....


Maybe It's Ok

If I didn't know what it hurt like to be broken Then how would I know what it feels like to be whole If I didn't know what it cuts like to be rejected Then I wouldn't know the joy of coming home

Maybe it's ok if I'm not ok Cause the one who holds the world is holding onto me Maybe it's alright if I'm not alright Cause the one who holds the stars is holding my whole life

If I didn't know what it looked like to be dirty Then I wouldn't know what it feels like to be clean If all of my shame hadn't drove me to hide in the shadows Then I wouldn't know the beauty of being free

Maybe it's ok if I'm not ok Cause the one who holds the world is holding onto me Maybe it's alright if I'm not alright Cause the one who holds the stars is holding my whole life

Father let Your kingdom come Let Your will be done Here, in my heart as in heaven (2x)

Maybe it's ok if I'm not ok Cause the one who holds the world is holding onto me Maybe it's alright if I'm not alright Cause the one who holds the stars is holding my whole life

Maybe it's Ok, if I'm not Ok

Writer(s): Darren Mulligan, Jonathan Smith and Bryan Fowler


Hey Sister! Maybe it's OK..This new song from We Are Messengers reminds us....You are loved by the great, big God of this Universe! He's holding onto YOU! Someone out there needed this reminder today. Someone out there will need this reminder sometime in the future. 

If you want to watch the video for this song: 

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*Photo credit: Vallejo International Baptist Church
This Is A Legacy

  If someone listened in on your conversations, would their lives be changed for better or worse?  Would they hear you speaking about the character flaws of others as if they were physical defects or would they hear that you consider others as beautiful in God’s eyes?

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Proverbs 25:11

When Solomon called kind words “apples of gold in settings of silver,” they are words that can erase years of pain and sorrow. They are words filled with love and acceptance.  They are words that are priceless to those who hear them.

Ask yourself if your words or actions build up or tear down. Do your words push others away from you?  How have you been affected negatively by hurtful words? In what ways are you guilty of hurting others with your words? It’s never too late to dispense apples of gold in settings of silver.

“If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another; if I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought, then I know nothing of Calvary’s love.  Amy Carmichael

 Take a moment to think about your recent conversations. Have you felt nourished by someone’s encouraging words?  How did those words lift you up? How did you respond?


Whatever our hands touch –

We leave fingerprints!

On walls, on furniture

On doorknobs, dishes, books.

There’s no escape.

As we touch we leave our identity.


Lord, wherever I go today

Help me leave HeartPrints!

HeartPrints of compassion

Of understanding and love.

HeartPrints of kindness

And genuine concern.


May my heart touch a lonely neighbor

Or a runaway teenager

Or an anxious mother

Or perhaps a lonely widow.


Send me out today

To leave HeartPrints.

And if someone should say,

“I felt your touch,”

May they also sense the love

that is deep within my heart.


Let your conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.  Colossians 4:6

Your words have the power of life or death.  You can wound another’s spirit or protect another’s dignity by the words you speak.  Choose your words wisely. Kindly nourish and uplift those around you.

Seek someone who is downcast and whisper words of encouragement. You never know who needs to hear the words, “I wish you were my friend.”  This is my legacy.

In Faith,

 PL Parr

Lynne Parr