Being Still When God Makes You Wait

Being Still When God Makes You Wait

Be patient, be content.
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Waiting -- the one thing I hate more than anything. I hate waiting in line, I hate waiting on waiting on people, I even hate waiting on class to be let out. I am constantly looking forward to something be over so I can do something else, just to find myself waiting on that to be over too. This isn't good. I'm the type of person who loves to have a plan. I like to know how my day is going to pan out from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep at night. If you walk in my room you'll see sticky notes laying everywhere with my to-do lists, and you don't even want to look at my planner because it even gives me anxiety.

As I get older, I find myself waiting on things, more often than not. Waiting on things like what am I supposed to do when I get out of college, where do I apply for a job, where do I want to live, where do I fit my relationships into these decisions. In basic terms, waiting on answers from God as to what I am supposed to do next. It terrifies me not to have a plan. But what I've come to realize it that it's okay to wait, to not know the next step, it's actually a beautiful thing.

"Be still, and know that I am God..." Psalm 46:10.

This verse is always a reminder to me when I find myself worrying about my future. It reminds me to be content in my waiting. It reminds me to be still in the moment and enjoy my life at that present time. It reminds me to not worry because no matter what the next step may be, God is leading it and when the time is right He will answer me and my waiting will cease.

In this time of waiting, I've learned to not just sit and be idle. This time of waiting can be used for so much more. Even though you have no clue what is coming next, don't stop pushing towards the things you want. In this time, pray, grow yourself to become a better person for that next step God is preparing you for. This time of waiting could be exactly what you need for your next step.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding..." Proverbs 3:5-6.

There's a reason you are going through this season of waiting. Instead of killing yourself trying to plan your next move, just be still. We always try to figure out our plans on our own and when they don't work out, that is when we turn to God and ask why they didn't work They didn't work because they weren't God's plan. Trust and He will provide you with the answers you need, at the exact time you need them. When God says "keep waiting," He isn't trying to rob you of an experience you desire, but rather lead you into a greater one.

Waiting can be a beautiful time, if you let it. It's a time in your life where you don't have a plan and you can feel free to do whatever you want to do. Doesn't that sound amazing? It's a time where you can truly find yourself and find what it is that God wants you to do. When we rush something, it never turns out the way we want it to. Be still, be content, be patient, and wait for God to give you the next step you need.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Notre Dame Cathedral–Such A Loss Of History And Beauty, But What A Gift It Was To Experience It

Reid shares her story as she is saddened for Paris and the church.

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After the massive fire that devastated large parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 850-year-old cathedral's spire fell. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation to share in the nation's sorrow but gave hope for the future. This includes the rebuilding of the cathedral together and making it more beautiful than ever. "The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched," Macron said.

Tyler Reid

Among many others, Tyler Reid is saddened for Paris and the church. Although, she counts herself blessed to have seen it such a short time before it was destroyed. Reid, who was lucky enough to visit the amazing structure this past spring break, remarked:

My trip was filled with so many wonderful sites. Although, because Notre Dame carries the title of most-visited monument in Europe, my expectations were high. When I first walked up, there isn't one specific feeling I got; instead, it was more of a million thoughts running though my head. Once inside, looking at the massive stained glass windows combined with all the details in every crevice, it was hard for me to imagine people actually building this without the technology we have today. This hand crafted masterpiece really is so influential considering people still went there to worship, even after so much time has past and so many other cathedrals had been built. This proves how special the Notre Dame Cathedral really is. Due to my experience here, hearing about the fire hurt my heart, especially thinking about how some of the irreplaceable artworks and all of this history may be gone. This place truly influenced people, including me, and for it to be gone is a true tragedy.

Like Macron, Reid shares in the sorrow; although, for her, it was just from one visit. This proves the amazing impact the Notre Dame Cathedral had and hopefully will continue to have even after this devastation.

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