good reminder today…

So I’ve been a bit quiet here lately, but my world has been far from that in ‘real life’. I’m working on writing some blog posts {or maybe I’ll get brave and try to self-publish a small book} on what it took for us to get started homeschooling. I’ve learned a lot over this past year, and after having been asked quite repeatedly by friends who want to try it for themselves, I figured maybe I could share the information and connections I’ve stumbled across along the way. {Ya know, ’cause that’s just how I roll.}

In the meantime, I read something this morning that spoke to me deeply, and figured here would be a great place to pass it along. It was from my Streams in the Desert devotional. {Dontcha’ just love that book?}

“He will do this.” {Psalm 37:5}

Waiting Lover“I once believed that after I prayed, it was my responsibility to do everything in my power to bring about the answer.” {Oh, wow. So glad I’m not the only one.} Yet God taught me a better way…” {of course He did} “…and showed me that self-effort always hinders His work. He also revealed that when I prayed and had confident trust in Him for something, He simply wanted me to wait in an attitude of praise and do only what He told me.” {Sigh.} Sitting still, doing nothing except trusting in the Lord, causes a feeling of uncertainty…,” {that’s a mild way of putting it}“…and there is often a tremendous temptation to take the battle into our own hands.” {Wha..?? Moi? Neh-ver.}

“We all know how difficult it is to rescue a drowning person who tries to help his rescuer, and it is equally difficult for the Lord to fight our battles for us when we insist upon trying to fight them ourselves. It is not that God will not but that He cannot, for our interference hinders His work.” {Sigh #2.} Spiritual forces cannot work while we are trusting earthly forces. Often we fail to give God an opportunity to work, not realizing that it takes time for Him to answer prayer. …we sow the seed, till the ground, and then wait and trust until God’s purpose has been fulfilled. We understand this princicple when it comes to planting a field, and we need to learn the same lesson regarding our prayer life. It takes time for God to answer prayer.” {Yeah, yeah. Blah, blah, blah. ;) And some all of the emphasis was mine. Shocking, I know.}

So…yeah. That about sums it up.

He can’t work…if I won’t step back.
He can’t accomplish His purpose…if I’m determined to focus on mine.
He can’t finish what He started…if I won’t let go.

So…yeah. That about sums it up.

Lately I’ve been applying for jobs. {Ya know, like ‘real’ jobs.} The kind of jobs where you get up earlier than you want, get dressed whether you like it or not, and get in a car to drive in traffic that stresses you out, in order to receive a check that’s already spent before it’s been issued. {Weird, huh?} But every once in a while I guess I want to feel and act like everyone else for whatever reason. Even though it seems pretty pointless.

And why does it seem pointless? Well, because…I honestly love what I currently do. Homeschooling. Writing. Teaching. Organizing. Managing our household. Taking pictures. Capturing memories. Recording events. Raising awesome kids. Enjoying time with my husband. Living an abundant life.

And yet…when the bills roll in, it just seems like I need to be doing something to help. Something that brings in a little bit of ‘extra’ to lighten the load. But in order to do that, I have to step away from what I love. And is it really worth it?

Probably not.

And so I wait.

On Him.

To show us the way.

To reveal His purposes.

To finish His work.

{Sigh.} Yeah. I’m not so good at ‘hanging out’ while someone else is busy at work. How ’bout you? Can you sit back with no problems, or am I the only chick-a-dee in the bunch with ‘stillness’ issues?

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I'm a stay-at-home wife, mom, and blogger. I love spending time with my family and enjoy sharing things I learn each day with them. Maybe something said here will help you along your way! God bless...
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2 Responses to good reminder today…

  1. Dad says:

    I believe U summed it up quite nicely.

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