I've been a lazy poster this week since I've been out of town, but I am THRILLED to share this post with you today! A little over a week ago, I was contacted by sweet, sweet Ashley over at Horseshoes and Pearls about participating in a linkup idea she was tossing around. I knew that one day I'd like to do a linkup, and, once she told me her idea, I felt like the timing and content were absolutely perfect.
So today, we are launching The POP, or The Power of Prayer. This is a very open-ended linkup. You can post ANYTHING related to your faith in Christ. A few examples would include ways God is speaking to you, devotionals you're studying, your favorite scripture, prayer requests/praises, ways God is using you, etc. Basically, this linkup is just a place for you to be encouraged and to receive encouragement in your walk with Christ.
Currently, God is doing some major things in my heart. He has been teaching me some pretty amazing/scary stuff. Some of these lessons are new and recent; some are things He's been growing in me for years. I'm going to pace myself as I share these thoughts, but I thought that this week, I'd start with one of the hardest lessons I'm learning: patience. Boy oh boy, has He been teaching me patience. Like, drilling it in there. For a long time.
Patience has never been my virtue. Never ever. I have never had patience for a thing. If I want it, I want it right now. God and I have battled over this more times than I care to admit. However, when the dust settles after each dual, I learn the beauty that comes in waiting. Waiting for His timing and for His will. In so many ways, I feel as if my whole life is a waiting game. Waiting for a husband. Waiting to buy a home. Waiting until I am financially stable.
Waiting for summer break. I've grown up thinking that life doesn't really begin until I have "all my ducks in a row," so to speak. God is showing me, slowly but surely, that there is beauty in waiting and grace in relying on Him. He's showing me that His plans are perfect. And more often than not, I believe that He is making me wait for His best and His brightest because He's not done perfecting my patience. He's making me work for it. Imagine that!
Patience is not an easy virtue, but it can be oh-so-beautiful when we learn to rely fully on God and trust in His will, not our own.
Friend, I pray today that you will allow God to perfect His patience in your heart. Beautiful things will come of it. I promise!!
Do you have something to share? Has God laid something on your heart? Please linkup and participate with Ashley, Becca, and myself.
The rules are simple:
1. Grab the linkup button in the sidebar and type up your post.
2. Linkup your blog URL.
3. Visit as many blogs in the linkup as you can! This is about getting active and offering encouragement, prayers, and discussion to those who need it!
4. Follow your hosts.
4. Follow your hosts.
5. Tweet, Pin, share on Facebook, and help spread the word!!