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God Never Wastes Your Waiting

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Microwaves.
Instant downloads.
Express lanes.
Remote-start cars.

We’re a culture that knows what we want—and we want it now.

Feasting on entitlement and instant gratification, we hate delays in traffic, food service, and the Internet. My coworker says we live in a drive-thru society and because of that we’ve developed aversions to any and every delay, glorifying everything instant.

This bleeds over into our walk with God. We want Him to answer, provide, and show Himself the second we ask, seek, or knock. But sometimes His answer comes in silence (which is not the same as abandonment) or a whispered, Wait.

That’s where God has me right now. It’s good and hard and holy and is daily exposing my heart, which is tainted by the desire to control everything. Impatience reveals we are not God and that, try as we might, we cannot make things operate on our timetable.

In this reality, I am called to wait. Maybe you are, too.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 149 – C.A.D

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“The proper epitaph to write for a Christian believer is not a dismal and uncertain petition, ‘R.I.P.’ but a joyful and certain affirmation ‘C.A.D.” (‘Christ abolished death’).”
-John Stott, Guard the Gospel

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Monday Morning Munch No. 113 – Love & Grief 

Once again on point in all things wisdom and love, Elisabeth Elliot:

  From her book Lamp Unto My Feet.

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Talks of Heaven and Napping with my Grandmother

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Snuggles with my grandmother in 1989.

On Sunday I took a nap with my grandmother and we had a heart-to-heart. I haven’t taken a nap with her for years and years… since I was a little girl who didn’t recognize the importance of such moments.

With cancer wreaking havoc on her 78 year old body, I’m trying to memorize every moment with her. I’m just afraid she doesn’t have a really long time left on this earth (but, then again, how do we know any of us do?).

The reality of her shortening time with me hit home real hard Sunday when I went upstairs to grab a new book and ended up laying beside her in bed. I know it will be one of my most treasured memories with her.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 55 – Steadfast

Lately I’ve been meditating on the promise of James 1:12–

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.”

That is my greatest responsibility right now–remain steadfast. And it comes with a great reward.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 47 – Jesus had Compassion

Compassion = a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

“He was moved with compassion.” -Matthew 9:36

Charles Spurgeon delivered a message titled “The Compassion of Jesus” that was published on December 24, 1914.

I read it on Saturday.

My heart nearly burst.

The first page of notes from reading the sermon.

The first page of notes from reading the sermon.

Here are some quotes from the sermon that I believe will encourage, energize and excite you, but I recommend reading it all. It. is. so. good.

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Cavities and the Gospel

My dad taught me to love brushing my teeth.

My dad taught me to love brushing my teeth.

I have my first cavity.

(insert depression)

Is it weird that I had a life goal of never having a cavity?

Probably.

But I did.

“This is not a cavity that was caused by anything you did or didn’t do,” my dentist said. “Usually I have to tell people to brush their teeth more or stop drinking as many sodas, but that’s not the case for you. You did all the right things, but no matter how much brushing you did this [cavity] still would have appeared sooner or later because it’s how your tooth was made.”

The importance of dental hygiene was "drilled" into my sister and I from birth.

The importance of dental hygiene was “drilled” into my sister and I from birth.

No matter how hard I tried to prevent this from happening (and I definitely tried; I brush my teeth at least three times a day, don’t drink sodas and try not to eat much sugar), it still happened because my tooth was made with a pit in the side of it that became a little baby cavity. Like the dentist said, it was inevitable

So it is with sin.

We can try to be perfect our whole lives and do all the right things, but sooner or later our real condition (sin) is going to show itself. Why? Because that’s how we were made.

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Monday Morning Munch – No. 25

Stunning Sunset

“Next to the Incarnation, I know of no more staggering and humbling truth than that a sovereign God has ordained my participation.” -Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline–the glad surrender

I’m going to leave this MMM with that profound sentence and we can feast all day.

This is something I am overwhelmed by daily–that God, the supreme Lord of the universe, created us and saved us is stupefying. But not only did He draw us to Himself, give us a heart of flesh in place of our stony one and cause us to walk in His ways, He desires to use us for His kingdom.

Staggering and humbling indeed.

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