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“Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for…” Job 6:8

I used to walk in the door at the end of my workday and find my cat sitting on his haunches, waiting.  Not because he missed me. No delusions here.  I know he waited for me to open the can of food since he has no thumbs. Now that I am working at home, he doesn’t get it. He thinks he can beg whenever he wants and as his dutiful servant I will pop another lid off a can.


“Not yet.”

Purrs louder. “Mew?”

“Nope. You have to wait.”


“I said, “No.'”

We have this battle often throughout the day until it is finally time to feed him.  Each and every day. Yep, gets on my nerves…

Then I thought…

Is this how I treat you, Lord?

Do I come to You, yank on Your luminate robe and whimper, “Daddy, please. Can I have it now?”

Do  I respect Your no, not yet and you-have-to-wait answers? Or do I tug some more?

Just because I know You are around, is that any reason to keep bugging you, or can I simply bask in Your presence knowing You will provide when it is the right time?  I know You want me to lay my requests at Your feet, Lord, but not to daily whine to You about them, unwilling to listen to  and obey Your response.

Forgive me, precious Lord when I act as impatient as my cat and only want from You rather than desire  to serve You. Remind me You are the Master, and You know what is best for me. Your timing is always perfect. Calm me down and bring me the peace of trusting in You for all things. In Jesus’ name and through Your Spirit, Amen.


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“I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.” (Proverbs 4:11, 12 NIV)

Most wading birds, such as herons or egrets, take very slow cautious steps.They have the utmost patience when they’re looking to hunt: they watch and wait for the right prey, and strike when the time is right.

Seagulls, on the other hand, try every method available when they’re looking for something to eat. And their palates aren’t too discerning, either!

I’ve been meditating on these verses in Proverbs 4 for over a year; through this time, God has been showing me that I need to be more like a heron and less like a seagull.

He’s slowing me down and teaching me to wait upon His plan and direction for ministry. My natural tendency is to want to jump and run into new things instead of allowing God to order my steps according to His pace and directions.

Like the seagull, I am hungry and desire to be fed immediately; however, God is still preparing me. He promises to guide me and make sure I follow His path. His timing and His ways are wise, and He won’t allow me to stumble or sway to the right or the left when I trust Him.

Father, I am so grateful that You direct my steps. I am not always sure of the path I am supposed to be on or the appropriate pace. Help me to slow down, listen to You, meditate on Your wise words, and take the right steps so that I do not fall down in a pit. Thank You for leading me. Amen.

from theLife.com  devotionals


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A blog I follow (iChristian http://steverebus.com/) gives a quote for the day. Recently, this one was from John Calvin, a famous Protestant reformer and theologian who lived in the 1500’s.                                   There is no place for faith if we expect God to immediately fulfill His promises.

And to think he wrote that 500 years ago – back in the slooowwwer days before modern technology was even a future thought. Look at us today!

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Royalty- Free Image by Corbis

We are such a microwave society.  We want things now.

We sigh when we get someone’s voice mail or they don’t text us back within a minute.

We tap the steering wheel with our fingers if the red light doesn’t change within 30 seconds, or huff into our collars if there are two people in line ahead of us at the checkout counter.

If our computer takes more than a few seconds to respond to our search, it must have a virus, right?

How often do we expect our prayers to be answered before we get up off our knees, and then when it doesn’t, assume God is not listening?


Did you know the word “WAIT” is used almost 300 times in the Bible. I think God knows waiting is not a human virtue. It’s hard to wait when your are a mortal confined to only knowing the here and now.

The next time your faith is on the edge of morphing into impatience, read one of these verses:

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:13-14

I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5

But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.  Micah 7:7


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