A little bit about me….I am hard headed. I want what I want and patience isn’t a quality I possess. I also love God and know without a shadow of a doubt that true joy is living a life that is built on a foundation of faith that God has it all worked out……we just have to trust in him. How can I possess both sides of the coin (faith in him and lack of the patience to wait for what He has for me)? This is not the first time I have asked myself this very question.
My favorite bible verse in the history of ever is Isaiah 40:31.
The past 12 months have been both the best ever and the most challenging I have ever faced. I’ve watched a friend spend a month in the hospital bed not knowing if he would make it through, I’ve fallen in love and lost what I thought was it, I’ve embarked on a new journey in my career, I’ve taken a step back in a ministry that I love dearly, in essence life is happening and it has been a rollercoaster of a ride. You know I wish I could say that through all of this I remained faithful and didn’t falter. Well…….that would be a lie. I kicked and screamed, I’ve been mad, I’ve pushed people away, at times I’ve been the worst of me. But here is the thing………while I was at my worst……God was His unchanging faithful self!
When my faith was faltering, He remained faithful. The truth is this……My friend made it through His month long battle in the hospital, the love I lost was never meant for me in the first place (meaning God has something better for me), I love my job and I am so excited about what the future holds, and the ministry is still there it just wasn’t my time.
God is faithful….we just have to remain in His love and in his faithfulness.
Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait I say on The Lord. Psalm 27:14
Different season come with different lessons. This past season I learned that some of our best traits aren’t even ours, but the Holy Spirit working through us. I do not possess patience, but The Lord is faithful and has an arsenal of weapons that he would love to share with us. They are the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness and faithfulness.
When we trust in the Lord and wait for His will to manifest in our lives and the lives of our loved ones, He will give us the tools we need to get through the fire. He will also give us the reassurance and peace we need to know that it is His will manifesting in our lives.
My prayer is that this next season brings with is peace and assurance for all as we wait upon The Lord and trust in Him.
“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works. Psalm 145:8‐9
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Ginny is a humor enthusiast who loves more than anything to laugh. She has two dogs, a German Shepherd named Gabrielle Von Wienerschnitzel Swafford and a crazy Chiweenie named Zeus Aubie Swafford. They are the apple of her eyes. On weekends you can find her reading a good book, visiting with friends and family, and/or taking her pups for a stroll in the woods. One of her favorite quotes is, “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”