Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Word is "Wait"

Photo taken and edited by Pixie
 I've watched for several years now as various bloggers choose a word to define/guide their year.

"Hygge" has been popular recently.

I noticed "inspire" for a while.

"Aligned," "passionate," and "joy" are other words I've seen and read all about. 

I've never once been interested in jumping on the bandwagon.

However, I've recently been praying in preparation for the upcoming school year, and I've gotten a single word answer to most of my questions.

How can I be a better mother?

Wait.

How do I best meet the needs of ____________ (fill in the blank with each child's name)?

Wait.

What changes do we need to implement this school year?

Wait.

That's a hard one--I feel pressed to make decisions!

But I also feel peace about waiting because the advice to wait seems to be directing me not in waiting to make decisions, rather in making decisions that allow room to wait for kids to heal, grow, and be ready.

When my temper flares, and I'm scolding a child the voice presses into me, "Wait."

When I'm in a hurry (I'm always in a hurry), I feel the word, "Wait."

When I'm inclined to say "no" I think about waiters and waitresses and how waiting on someone is serving them.

And I'm realizing that I'm receiving personal, perfect, loving counsel from my Father in Heaven about how to become more like Him, how to teach my children who He is, and how to manage our homeschool.

So, I'm adopting a word.

Wait.

In this word I will learn patience where I am usually impatient--,
I will learn service where I am sometimes selfish--
I will allow room for change instead of pushing--
I will watch for the miracles outlined in Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. 
I will wait upon the Lord . . .

actually, I will learn to wait upon the Lord.

(I have a lot to learn.) 

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I'm there with you...

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  2. That's an excellent word, and I've never jumped on that bandwagon either. Isn't it nice to know the Lord has our backs as mothers?

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  3. I will never think of that word the same way again. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I could do with some more waiting in my life, as hard as it is.

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