Hi Friends of Living Free in Him! I am so happy to have you here today. I wanted to share a post originally written in October 1, 2012. I pray it blesses you today...
"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12
The word "deferred" above is the Hebrew word mashak and is means "draw out, prolong, or continue".
Last week my heart was beginning to get "sick" with waiting... waiting for a heart's desire.
desire seemed to be at the top of a slippery rope of hope. The desire
was just out of reach. Hope continued to show me it was there, but I
was unable to attain the grip needed to reach the top of desire.
of the hope was just dangling in front of me saying wait a little
longer. When we can see the hope, but it alludes us, it can be
Faith whispered for me hold on to hope. Don't let go of the rope, you will attain your heart's desire!
However, disappointment turned into discouragement...
I prayed...God answered.
This post by Lysa Terkeurst was in my email inbox "The Place Where Disappointment Grows" It was God speaking to bring encouragement to my worn down heart.
that night as I was reading the kids their devotional, God spoke
again...My eyes overflowed with tears in awe of His presence and love
My kids have Sarah Young's Jesus Calling 365 Devotions for Kids. These words were the words of the Lord printed on the page of September 27...
am constantly working in your life, even though you may not realize it.
Especially when you are tired or hurt, or the day has had too many
troubles, you may not notice Me at all. But I am there.
When you are tired, I am the One who is gently urging you on. When
you are hurt, I am the One who is softly whispering, 'It's going to be
okay.' And when you are overwhelmed, I am the One who is running before
you, clearing the path of the things you just can't face today."
Then, as if that wasn't enough, it suggested reading Psalms 27:14. Again God spoke to my soul.
"Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!" Psalms 27:14
"Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!". What music to my ears!
strengthen my heart that day. A heart that had begun to grow weary
with waiting was made new and strengthened with the encouragement of His
Word. His Word helps us be of "good courage" or encouraged.
God says those who endure with faith and
patience inherit the promise (Hebrews 6:12). Even when your heart's
desire seems continually out of reach, keep waiting, keep believing, and
keep hoping expecting a positive outcome.
Be of good courage, and WAIT on the Lord. He is never late.