Time Out


Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. –Psalm 141:3


                “Today is Monday and it actually turned out to be a good one. I turned in my two-week notice on Friday (not knowing I was going to). The rest of the day went peacefully. I had a good day. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my chest and I can breathe easier. Although I left a job without having one. I am not worried. God’s got a plan.”

Webster’s dictionary defines the word “blurt” as saying something without thinking about how people will react. I wrote the above journal entry two days after I “blurted out” the words “I quit” to my employer.

I prayed to God over and over about my situation and nothing was happening. I felt God wasn’t moving fast enough so I took matters into my own hands. What was I thinking?  I wasn’t thinking and my emotions did the thinking and talking for me. I was really thinking “Ok, God.  Now what are you going to do to get me out of this mess???” Don’t think He didn’t answer. His answer: He made me wait (even more) for a new job. I’m right back where I started from. Waiting.

Have you ever said “I’m tired,” “I don’t want to do this” or “I quit”?  When you and I are at our weakest Satan does his best to distract us from the promises of God. He will do whatever he can to make us doubt our God. Isaiah 55:11 states: so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Looking back, I realize I was speaking negative thoughts into my own situation. I was all about “I” and not “we.” There is a reason it’s called God’s timing and not our own timing. God taught me a valuable lesson on timing and being led by my emotions. I wasn’t walking in faith but by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). I could see every day I was not happy and that became my focus.

Why did I doubt God in this situation? He’s never let me down. He had always been faithful. Why would this time be any different? Why didn’t I wait on the Lord?

I jumped ahead of God’s timetable for my life but He never left me. He was with me the entire time. He turned my mess into my message: “Even when I’m in a hurry, God’s timing is always best and 100% guaranteed.”

Thanks to God for His faithfulness, mercy and grace; to my dad for lunch money; my mom for left-over dinners and the rest of my family for their understanding, love and support. I came out with only a few bumps and bruises. –Tonya


Your Turn: Have you been praying for a situation in your life and the outcome was not as you had imagined? Was God faithful to answer? My friends be encouraged with the promises God has for you. The next time your emotions lead you astray: Take a time-out and think before you speak.  – Breath on Paper


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