“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage/journey to Zion.”- Psalm 84:5

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Learning to Wait For God

The retreat was such a amazing time for me.  I was a changed person with a changed heart after all said and done. 

 I went in with a heart that had become a bit dry and crusty from worrying about life. Kind of like the ground in the picture above.  To a heart that had been cultivated, watered, and new seed was planted.  I didn't realize how much pride had snuck into my heart.  I wasn't where I was suppose to be in my walk with the Lord. I knew something wasn't right but I didn't know exactly what it was.   I had become too self reliant instead of relying on the Lord fully for everything, even my attitude. 

 Kim Blackaby     was our speaker for the week end and what a blessing she was.  Her message for the week end was "What are You Waiting For?"  She went over ...

  • What does it mean to wait on God and what are you waiting for?
  • How do we know when to move and when to wait?
  • What are the consequences of not waiting?
  • How do we hear God?
The issue that God showed me was I was waiting for...was  "Rescue" and " longings to be fulfilled".  Psalms 38:9-5


Psalm 37:5-9

New King James Version (NKJV)
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.
For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.

Psalm 27:13-14

New King James Version (NKJV)
13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
14 Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Isaiah 41:10

New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Longings Fulfilled:

Psalm 68:5-6

New King James Version (NKJV)
A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

Psalm 38:9-15

New King James Version (NKJV)
Lord, all my desire is before You;
And my sighing is not hidden from You.
10 My heart pants, my strength fails me;
As for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me.
11 My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague,
And my relatives stand afar off.
12 Those also who seek my life lay snares for me;
Those who seek my hurt speak of destruction,
And plan deception all the day long.
13 But I, like a deaf man, do not hear;
And I am like a mute who does not open his mouth.
14 Thus I am like a man who does not hear,
And in whose mouth is no response.
15 For in You, O Lord, I hope;
You will hear, O Lord my God.

The Lord showed me that I needed to keep doing  good (what he has called us last to do and keep doing it till He tells us different) and what I am called to and be still and know that He will provide what is needed.  Our attitude is so very important and we need to be still...rest in the Lord and let go of the tight grip of being in control of our life.  And when we are angry we need talk it out with God and not hold back, work it out with God.  Then rest and trust in Him. We are to trust in His character, ways, and timing.  I know that is so much easier to say than do.  I am a testimony to that!  Also we are to stay before the Lord in the word, in prayer constantly and with others.   I learned too that God is preparing me/us in our situation for what He wants to accomplish.

  • He sees our needs...Psalms 31:7
  • He hears our cry's ...Psalms 116:1
  • He sustains and strengthens...Isaiah 40:30-31, Psalms 18:1-2
  • He produces spiritual fruit in us Psalms 4:7-8
I Learned that patience is to tough it out, preserve when it isn't easy.  To remember to keep coming back to the Lord and let Him build strength up in us.  If we are being impatient then we are not relying on Him and way too much on our own strength.  I also learned I need to expect to see God in my circumstance and search for Him.  If I expect to see Him He will show up! Once I stop expecting I need to stop and ask the Lord to renew my heart and faith in Him.  That is exactly what happened that week end, my heart was renewed.  Thank you Lord.

Psalm 5:3

New King James Version (NKJV)
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.

The Lord drove all these lessons home with a incident during the free time on Saturday.  I was asked to teach a beading class that week-end and I thought I had brought all my tools and supplies.  But I forgot my beading tool kit. I didn't realize it till just before when I was gathering my supplies to teach.  I had a feeling to check my bead bag for my tool kit and it was not there.  That was the last straw that broke the camels back.  I just crumpled to the ground crying.  I had prepped all week to go to this retreat and felt this was my part to give.  It was for me to give but I was doing it on my power.  The Lord showed me that we are to do what he has called us to do but then He will provide when we are not able.  My friend Bernie that was there in the cabin just happened to bring her needle nose pliers for the class and offered it.  That gave me a bit of hope that I could still teach how to make the beaded bookmarks.  As I pulled myself back together and all my supplies too.  While I was pulling myself together Bernie went to one of the workers at the camp and borrowed some wire cutters and another needle nose pliers.  That was just enough of what we needed.  God is SO good!  This was such a parallel to my financial situation. that I shared HERE.  But this time the Lord showed me Him in the story.

Also there was provided lots of good tasting food and we were very spoiled.  It feels so good sometimes to be waited on. [o=  Plus there was  AMAZING singing and fellowship.  I was soooooooo very blessed indeed.  I feel like a new woman! And my strength has been renewed.

(I am the one on the right)
This is the song I woke up to Saturday morning singing in my heart.  Sometimes the Lord gives me songs to wake up to and I know they are from Him.  They always speak into my heart and what I am working through.  I hope this song blesses you as it did me.


  1. Oh, Mary, I am so happy for you!!! It sounds like a gift from God, and those are always so precious and miraculous. Thank you for sharing your experiences!
    Shani xxx

  2. Was that Henry Blackaby's daughter by any chance? He had a profound affect on my life years ago though the "Experiencing God" series.

    1. It is Henry Blackaby's DIL. And she had such a impact on mine! They are very neat people. I now have to go buy Experiencing God now. I use to have the book and can't find it. ((sigh)) The neat thing is they are Canadian! I didn't know that till this last week end. Well, now Henry Blackaby has immigrated to the US.


  3. Mary, I'm so blessed to hear how the Lord has met you! I just knew He would show you the way out of this dark time. Thanks for sharing all those good insights--great reminders! You are a blessing!

  4. Sweet Mary-Girl, what a joyous post! Thank you so much for sharing the lessons that you have learned this past week...I'm sure we can all take bits and pieces of that with us, now, even though we weren't there! Praise the LORD that you found such living water to quench your spiritual thirst! I can sense the joy and peace of the LORD in your words.

    Love and {{{HUGS}}},

  5. I'm so thankful God provided this time for you! He always does that at just the right time, doesn't He?!
    I hope you got the message with my email address. I would love to hear from you. We are done with VBS tomorrow, so my time should be freed up a bit until my husbands parents come to visit later in the week.

  6. I am just rejoicing with you...and I am so thankful for this post. I prayed for you and couldn't wait to see God's faithfulness. I haven't written you the email I said because God said "wait"...and this is why. I am so glad I didn't write.
    Thanks Mary for sharing...so many of these issues you are walking through are also mine and the truth today from your post has encouraged me. I am coming back and re-reading later again today and allowing it to all soak in.

  7. Praising God for the blessing of such a wonderful weekend for you, Mary! May these lessons stick with you day by day as you serve when He's planted you. :) Thanks so much for sharing with us! ~Lisa

    1. That should say "where" not "when" -- oops. :)

      Just came back here to re-read your post. I appreciate so much these verses and the Lord's promises to us through them...especially Psalm 27:14. Thanks so much, my dear, dear friend. ~Lisa

  8. What an encouraging post. I'm so happy for you. I know the dry ground and the rehydrating waters of the spirit. "Once I stop expecting I need to stop and ask the Lord to renew my heart and faith in Him." Yes.
    And I LOVE it when you put the praise of your heart in song for us to sing with you. I always do. Sing I mean. I close my door and my eyes and sing along every time!

  9. Thank you for sharing! WE all need encouragement to keep expecting and waiting on the Lord. I have tucked this away for the days when I am feeling dry and brittle.
    Love the song so much. I have often woke up with it on my heart and lips. God is so good.

  10. This is absolutely wonderful and was such a huge blessing to read. I can relate to everything you said, and when you mentioned the sin of self reliance, I just shook my head in AMEN. I went through a really difficult time last year, and the waiting part of it was the hardest. Yet in hindsight I can see how God was working it all for HIS glory and for HIS purpose in me and my family.

    I love those passages of scripture that you gave, and I'm copying them for reference.

    And the story at the end? Could God be any more wonderful? I have become convinced that the reason I'm brought to the brink in stuff like that is because he knows I love to tell a story, and He is glad to give me one to tell.

    I have started calling it the "Blogger's faith".

    I'm so glad my computer behaved long enough for me to visit.

  11. Sounds like a great retreat and that you were thoroughly blessed by it. I'm so glad for all the Lord has shown you and I pray you continue to grow in Him.

  12. It sounds like such a wonderful time! What a refreshing retreat, and thank you so much for sharing.

    Yes, it is all about waiting on the Lord and trusting him and not trying to be in control ourselves.


  13. You look beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it with me today...

    Mrs. M.

  14. I am leaving another comment because I just finished going through all the verses...and boy they do pack a punch don't they?

    Praising Our Lord with you my friend. How wonderful that He fills us with His Grace while He guides us through the trial.

    You feel renewed and that is truly why He wanted you there!!!

    love you,


  15. Mary, I'm so glad you found the retreat to be such a refreshing blessing! This post is very encouraging - thanks for sharing what you received from the Lord with us, dear friend.
    love and blessings..Trish xx


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