Are you waiting for God? Does it seem like your season of waiting is longer than it should be? Grace Diaz of Simply Complicated shares her testimony of what it means to be in a waiting season and how to survive will encourage you no matter what you're going through. I'll let Grace tell you in her own words.
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I thought I knew desperate until I got to know desperate:
The sad part is, it's only been two weeks of this organized chaos and sometimes I can already feel myself losing momentum.
The weird part is, I wouldn't trade this crazy adventurous waiting season I'm in for the 8 am-6pm comfort that I was living the last time I lived in NYC.
Because in becoming so desperate, I am experiencing God in such new ways and breaking new grounds in my relationship with Him:
And this rejoicing, lifting my hands, and praising Him even in the valleys has become my weapon, my contentment, and a source of hope as I wait for Him to fulfill the promise . For I know victory is already mine (1 Corinthians 15:57) it's just the timing I struggle with.
But as it goes ...
If you are in a season of waiting, you may feel as though you are going to lose your mind before God gets done doing His thing. Here are five ways you can maintain your sanity while you wait on God:
1. Keep your Crown
Do not cast away your confidence, for it has great reward (Hebrews 10:35 CSB).
“Blessed are those who endure when tested. When they pass the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him ”James 1:12 (GW).
And as I continue to endure through the highs and lows of this wait, God has shown me what I need to do to make the most of this season:
Identity, identity, identity! This is a game-changer, my friends. During your waiting season, you will feel more desperate, vulnerable, and uncomfortable than ever before.
It will get hard keeping your crown from falling when everything seems to be slipping out of your control. For this reason, it is essential that you self-affirm daily by confessing the verse(s) that God spoke about you:
She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future (Proverbs 31:25 NLT).
Related: The Proverbs 31 Woman Is You
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows (Psalm 23:5 NIV).
Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield (Psalm 5:12 NIV).
The Lord will always guide you;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail (Isaiah 58:11 NIV).
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each other (Colossians 4:6 NKJV).
2. Draw near to God by honoring Him with your time
Come near to God and He will come near to you (James 4: 8 NIV).
It is essential to keep your heart focused on God (Psalm 37: 4, Matthew 6:33, Proverbs 4:25) so that you can discern His voice, His instructions, His comfort, and shut down anything aside from it.
There are so many ways you can draw nearer to God in your waiting season:
These are just a few examples of how you can draw closer to God in your waiting season, but you'll be so glad you did.
3. Cultivate and Attitude of Expectancy
When you go out into the world, be expectant. Smile, keep your head up, focus on all the things going right for you, and expect good things to happen.
You never know when and whom God will bring into your life to help / inspire you so don't miss the opportunity when it's presented!
4. Get Connected to Community
Get watered. Get connected. Get anchored in a community! The people you choose to spend your precious time with this season will either water or dry you out. A community of sisters in the faith is a great place to water and be watered!
5. Don't Be Idle
“Champions are just beginning where most people quit” Pastor Roberts
I can speak volumes on this regarding my experience, but Pastor Roberts does so much better in his series on “Consistency”:
What are you doing in your waiting season? I hope you found some helpful tips in Grace's story.
Grace Diaz is a 25-year-old girl just trying to go through a simply complicated life with her gaze focused on God. She writes to encourage other twenty-something women to do the same as they continue on their journey to fulfill all the promises God has for their lives!
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