Jan 07 2014

Letters from Lauren: Wait

“Wait” is a dreaded 4 letter word in my vocabulary yet it seems to be a recurring theme. Whether you are waiting for a job promotion, waiting to hear back about a house, waiting for health results that could change the rest of your life, waiting for a baby to start your family, waiting for a spouse to start a family with, we’ve all been in the waiting rooms of life. Maybe you are there now. 

Its easy to get discouraged while we wait. Wonder if its ever going to happened. Cry out to God and ask if He’s forgotten you. And while we wait the rest of the world continues as normal. People still have babies while you wait to find out if you can, still get job promotions while you are waiting just to see if you an hired anywhere, still get married while you wait for the one God has written into your story. I get it. When I stew about the dreams I am still waiting to see fulfilled I’ve caught myself saying things like “I’ll be more thankful once I have _______. Then I’ll be really happy” so in the meantime I will wallow and wait. The more I get to know about Gods character the more I know that is the last thing He wants for his kids-the wallowing part. God knows the desires of our heart-He put them there. It may look different than you expected (and be on a different time frame) but God wants us to be thankful, learn from, and (dare I say?!) even enjoy the waiting room. He has a purpose in our wait. 

Whatever waiting room you find yourself in today I hope you will join me in lifting your hands high in praise!

 

"Waiting here for You

With our hands lifted high in praise

And it's You we adore

Singing Alleluia"

 

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Nov 20 2013

Our actions speak louder than our words. Cliché but true!

I was recently cut off in traffic by someone who proceeded to honk at a car further down the road (always find it  comical when aggressive drivers weave in and out of traffic rushing somewhere and then they are only two cars ahead of you at the stop light). The thing that caught my attention most was the bumper stickers on the back of the car. They had a fish and a sticker that said “Enjoy this day compliments of God.” Wow. Not exactly what I expected.

 

Made me think of all the pictures that have started going viral from restaurant staff. You've probably seen them as well.  People who wear their faith openly (either announcing they are Pastor or praying before the meal) but then tip very poorly, if at all, and are sometimes down right rude.  A few of them have even written things like "here's a tip for you. Come to church next Sunday at_______" or  "I already tithe 10% why would I give you 18%?" Those are the exact words I've seen on some of the receipts pictured and shared on social media. If you just shook your head or sighed — we had the same reaction. It's disappointing. THAT may be the only example of God's 'love' someone ever sees. None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes and lose our tempers every now and then (I get it), but rudeness and greed are not good looks on any of us, especially as believers. Our actions are a direct reflection of who God is — we are his ambassadors!

 

We as a family have a responsibility to clothe ourselves in love, kindness, peace, joy, gentleness and self control (Galatians 5:22). So many people are hungry for hope even if they don't yet know His name is Jesus.  Every encounter we have with someone is a chance to share that hope with them! 

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