Tuesday, September 20, 2011


If you are home with your adopted child, it doesn't take much effort to remember how difficult the waiting time can be before you board that plane to finally bring them home!  Or perhaps you are right in the midst of that looooong waiting period.

Waiting for references.
Waiting for fingerprints.
Waiting for approval forms.
Waiting for court dates.
Waiting for paperwork.
Waiting for travel.

Our prayer for our YWAM families is a promise from Isaiah that almost seems impossible...

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength
They will mount up with wings like eagles
They will run and not get tired
They will walk and not become weary
             Isaiah 40:31

Is it possible that we can actually gain strength while doing something as difficult as waiting?

While it's not the way most of us would choose to put on some spiritual muscle, the answer is YES - if we wait the right way. 

Waiting in faith - trusting that God knows the right time for everything
Waiting in hope - knowing our faithful God is the One who controls every circumstance
Waiting in peace - surrendered to God's plan, God's way and God's timing 

Isn't it hard to be "out of control" when something means so much to us?  For me, that's what waiting on God centers on.  And I'm convinced He knows that's something we need to learn.

Let's share a favorite verse that has been particularly meaningful to you during your waiting time.  Leave a comment below, printing out the verse and the reference so we have a whole list of encouraging truths to read out loud, pray and believe!


Jennifer said...

Matthew 11:28-31 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Rachel said...

" For I know the plans I have for you,'declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11

dawn said...

Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.

Deb said...

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14

John and Tara Dunn said...

"[The righteous man] will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord." Psalm 112:7

6 Little Bunkers said...

Ephesians 6 - God's word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

And this one...

Philippians 4 - Celebrate God every day. I mean, revel in him! ... Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray.

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