Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Expecting Good Things

What are you hoping for today?  a spouse to know our Saving Lord?  teens to turn back to Him?  for a sickness to go away for good?  for income for your family? for an open door for you to use your gifts?

For me there have always been different stages of hope.  Maybe they did not fall into this consecutive order but something like-

"I wish..."
"I hope that..."
"God, you know I need this..."
"God, this would be for Your glory!..."
"God, why haven't you given me this yet?"
"I'm still here God- waiting. (!)"

"I know God is good."

"He will give to me according to His will."

"He will give to me in His perfect timing."

"I can wait patiently because I know that His promises are true."

"I hope for -."
"I am expecting with a patient heart."

Does any of that prayer-conversation sound familiar? 

Some of the things that we are hoping for we have some control over.  (I am hoping to go through graduate school - LORD WILLING.)  Some things that I am hoping for are not under my control.  (When my husband did not have work, I could support him, but I could not make it appear for him.  I could only pray with hope.)

I find encouragement today in these words and I hope that you do as well-

"Lord, all my desire is before You;
And my sighing is not hidden from You."
"For I hope in You, O Lord;
You will answer, O Lord my God."
-Psalm 38: 9,15 NAS
The word for "answer" is synonymous with "hear."  You see, our God is not like me who listens to my nine-year-old's expressive babblings with one ear.  Nor like me when I sometimes "hear" the word of God and do not do it.  Our God hears and answers.  He always hears and He always answers.

I believe that.

I will tarry and wait patiently with expectant hope. 

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LeAnn said...

A very lovely post; I am happy I dropped in. Thanks for your thoughts and inspiration. I too believe in prayer and that prayers are heard and answered according to God's will for us.
Blessings to you!

Craig said...

such a good reminder Nicole: Our Lord hears our hearts sounds, when our heart breaks his heart breaks, we are never alone in her sadness or our joy, our Lord, Emmanuel, is always God. With. Us. Thank you for this. God bless and keep you and each and every one of yours this day.

Lady Of Virtue said...

It's one of those Monday mornings! Relying on Him answering those prayers! (:
It's nice to "meet" you LeAnn, thank you for visiting.

Thanks Craig- I like that He hears our "heart's sounds". God bless you today too.