A Toolkit for Waiting.

I am not a person who handles silence well (if you listen quietly you can hear my family chuckle).  I am a person of action.  I like to control things.  And these days – I have to remain silent and inactive quite often.  The Lord has given me some friends who have pastored me through the past few months and helped me make wise choices when I wanted, in my flesh, to be very very unwise.  They have been the church.  They have shared with me verses and songs that have helped me along the way.  So for anyone else like me – in the waiting room trying to rest before the Lord – here are some verses and songs and resources that have given me comfort.

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;  my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;  he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;  he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people;  pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.  Selah

Psalm 62:5-8

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.
Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart.

Psalm 125

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:6-7

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident.
Psalm 27:1-3

You speak and all creation falls to its knees
You raise your Hand and calm the waves of the raging sea
You have a way of turning winter to spring
Make something beautiful out of all this suffering
Here I am once again I’m in need of resurrection
Only you can take this empty shell and raise it from the dead
When I’ve lost to the world, what seems far beyond redemption
You can take the pieces in Your Hand and make me whole again

You have a way of turning winter to spring
Make something beautiful out of all this suffering

Resurrection, Nicol Sponberg

No mountain, no valley, no gain or loss we know could keep us from Your love
No sickness, no secret, no chain is strong enough to keep us from Your love
How high, how wide, No matter where I am healing is in Your hands
How deep, how strong, Now by Your grace I stand, healing is in Your hands.

Our present, our future, our past is in Your hands, We’re covered by Your blood
In all things we know that we are more than conquerors.  You keep us by your love.

Healing is in Your Hands, Christy Nockels

This is my prayer in the desert, when all that’s within me is dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need, My God is the God who provides
And this is my prayer in the fire, in weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold, so refine me Lord through the flame
I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and He is here.
This is my prayer in the battle, When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ, So firm on His promise I stand
All of my life, in every season, You are still God
I have reason to sing, I have reason to worship

This is my prayer in the harvest, When favor and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be emptied again, The seed I’ve received I will sow.

The Desert Song, Hillsong

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34.18

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

Lamentations 3:21-26

My sweet friend Heather wrote a blog on Passionately Waiting that I have gone back to again and again.  Heather deeply dwells with our King and this blog shows just a glimpse of her truly precious heart.

I know there are many of us waiting on the Lord, sending out doves, trying to live past the one thing we desire the most and not get stuck.  So if I can pray for/with you, please comment or email and let me know.  I firmly believe that, along with battling my mind with these verses and songs, the prayers of the church on my behalf have held me up on days when I felt like I couldn’t stand another moment, and I’d be honored to stand on your behalf in prayer.

And to you wonderful people, you know who you are, who have pastored/mentored/supported/prayed for me through this season. I love you and thank the Lord for you constantly.  Don’t doubt your influence in the lives of people around you – because you have changed my life for good.

2 Comments

  1. I haven’t looked at your blog in awhile & loved reading through it! As I read this morning, I was blown away (once again) by WHAT a gifted writer you are! Wow! I loved this one….many of these exact verses & songs have lifted me through our tough times. And, as Susan said this weekend at Keystone, the tough times will come again…so I’m keeping them close by. Love you, friend!

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    1. Love you too Bethany! Thank you for commenting and for your sweet words. Isn’t Keystone a gift? I can’t imagine trying to get through all of this without that place and all of you people. Love you girl.

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