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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

waiting, trusting, and hoping

I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, and out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40: 1-3

This psalm begins with patient waiting and ends with a new song. There are many examples of waiting in Scripture. Simeon was one such man; he is described as "waiting for the Messiah." The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that "he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ." His waiting consisted of eager expectation. In Hebrew, the root word for wait is tiqvah which means hope or expectancy. Wait or qavah expresses the idea of "waiting hopefully." Simeon was waiting for the Messiah; we are waiting for the Messiah's return. Simeon is blessed after his long wait with the privilege of being able to hold and embrace Jesus in his arms. We have also been given that privilege as we receive Him as Lord.

Have you been crying out to the Lord for something? Have you been waiting for a long time for deliverance? Look up today and find hope in your God. Trust that He will come to you. May you be filled today with renewed hope and eager expectation in the Lord. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him (Lamentations 3:25). May you be filled with a new song of praise today!

(My mom is getting devotionals by Elizabeth Robinson for lent via email.  She thought I might relate to this one on "waiting"- thank you mama.  This truth is indeed encouragement to the soul as we wait.)


Eric & Tara said...

Thanks for posting these precious words...they are exactly what I need right now. Thank you!!

Hauswife said...

Sweet Emily... there goes my promise not to cry! I'm waiting hopefully with you, friend.

Misty said...

they talked about that same bible story at my church on sunday :O) love you all!!!

the albertsons said...

love it. Great words- thank you so much for sharing!
hang in there...

Candy said...

These have all been of great encouragement to me as well. Elizabeth is schooled in the Word and a woman of profound prayer....AND, your Jr. High Bible teacher.
Love you, Baby Em

Holli said...

keep this and send it to me in about a year.....praying, hoping and CAN'T wait to hear you singing your new song!:)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your post. It is so encouraging and a precious reminder.

Lori said...

I'm qavah for you my friend (if I'm using the word correctly, no clue).

You have been patient and have looked at the bigger picture during this wait, you will be rewarded and your two children who are waiting for you will be rewarded also. I cannot wait to see their little faces, I really, really cannot! I actually have little plans for them in my head!

Don't forget that your babes have already been hand picked to be a part of the Alexander Team. It's just a matter of red tape/timing... And you know that He is planning things around the Alexanders/Parkers traveling together right?!? Just kidding, that would be a blessing for sure, but I don't put much weight on it since we are friends and will see each other many times in His order.

Thanks for putting your heart out for us to be blessed by. Talk soon!

Laura said...

Thanks for posting this. I'm only waiting for a fingerprint appointment with CIS and I'm already losing patience. I'm in for long road...


great post .. waiting hopefully is a beautiful thing and i think you are waiting very well ..."I TRUST YOU" LORD ... was music to my mouth all day today ... Oh to just be full of Him !!! just know that you don't wait alone for your little ones ... they cross my heart each day and prayers are sent to them in the winds that blow to Africa !!! love ya ...

THESE 3 KINGS said...

In tears.. I say thank you!! Thank you as a faithful sister who continues to share God's truth, and I say thank you to a savior, who loves us enough to hold the things we want to give us what we really NEED...right now that's to wait on Him!
agh!! how draining, but good, so good! right??
thanks girl
leaning, trusting, and resting in His Sovereign hand

Erica said...

Beautiful post! I'm waiting patiently with you. I know its so so so hard. May the grace of God surround you today.

Melissa said...

The Lord's words are always the most comforting and perfect. Thanks for posting this!


crazy, but just needed an emily fix today, so I came to check in again ...hope you have a great weekend ... we are on spring break and will enjoy much needed family time !!!

Keva said...

I love the new look. I just read through all the post I have missed out on theses past two weeks. Hang in there friend, I know it is rough. May God be sufficient enough for all our needs (He is, but may we trust that He is). Thanks you for your prayers, we needed them.

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TedTracie said...

Just thinking about you!!!!

Just wanted to say HI... How are you???


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