Finding patience and peace in the Lord.

Finding patience and peace in the Lord.

"Just wait."

Patience: it's something that I definitely don't have. I hate waiting, and I hate not knowing what's coming next. I mean, don't we all? Don't we all want to have control of what happens next? Don't we all wish that we could place ourselves into certain situations with certain people?

I have the hardest time letting go of that control. I have the hardest time knowing that I have no control of what comes next. And yeah, I know that I can't make things happen, but I think the hardest part for me is letting go of that control and giving it to someone else. You mean to tell me that someone else knows what's going to happen next, yet I have no idea? Someone else is quietly orchestrating everything in my life to happen a certain way? That's absolutely terrifying.

If you are even remotely familiar with Christianity, you've probably heard of Jeremiah 29:11, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." The Lord knows our future, and He only wants good for you. Yet no matter how many times I'm reminded of this, I still feel unable to trust Him... but why? Why is it so hard to give up the control I desire?

I think the biggest obstacle for me is trusting that His plan is better than mine ever could be. I know in my heart that He is SO good and has wonderful plans for me. However, actually believing that with my whole being is really hard. Believing in someone who is bigger and better than I can comprehend/see seems almost impossible.

Also, I tend to get so caught up in what my future holds that I forget where I am. The Lord placed me in the situation I'm currently in as a part of His bigger plan, but I get so distracted by what's next that I completely miss out on what He's trying to do for me.

So how do I fix this?? I think the most important thing is to remind myself who He is. By spending more time with Him, we get to know Him better. We get to experience/feel how much He really does love us. And how could we not trust someone who loves us more than anything? How could we not give up the control of our lives to someone who sees us as perfect and wants the best for us?

So, instead of worrying about when the perfect boy will come along or when that job offer will finally end in your lap, rest in Him. He's planning some great things for you, and no matter how hard it is to actually trust Him, He'll always prove that He is truly good. Be present in the situation He currently has you in, because I promise it's all part of the plan.

Go to Him daily to be reminded of His goodness and love for you. He is quietly whispering "just wait," but if you're not listening, you're gonna miss it.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Young Adults, If You Do Not Pray Now Is The Time To Start

Prayer is not just for our grandparents.


Every Sunday night my parents would drag me to the prayer service. There was no kids church, we all had to sit in a pew with my parents and listen. I remember counting tiles on the roof, reading hymnals, doing anything to distract myself, except pray.

I didn't understand it then. What was the point of talking to God if He knew what you were thinking and doing all the time? I didn't understand how important it was not just to let God watch you like an all-seeing eye from Heaven, but to talk and have a personal relationship with him.

We all talk about prayer, it's the Christian thing to do. We pray for our food before every meal. We tell a friend or co-worker we will pray for them. When a friend posts on Facebook or social media about something bad happening, the comment section reads "praying." It's the automated response that everyone gives. If we actually sat down and prayed, think of the good we could do. I am nowhere near perfect, but I know that I can pray.

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16

When I feel like the world is crashing down around me, and there is nothing else I do, this verse is the one that helps me remember that my conversations with God can make a difference. We are called on to pray for everyone. We are called to pray for each other without dispute. No anger, no hatred, just sharing a moment of lifting hands in prayer.

I urge, then first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all people. 1 Timothy 2:1
Therefore, I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 1 Timothy 2:8

Prayer can bring people together. When I think back now to those Sunday nights I appreciate all the prayer that was offered up. I don't remember what they were for but weekly we would hear reports of what God had done through prayer. That is a powerful tool.

Prayer is not gender, race, age, or political party bias. It is not something that is out there for the world to see. It is a very personal choice, but it has the power to change the world. The loss of Reverend Billy Graham and so many others this past year brought me to a realization. Our generation needs to step up.

Young adults have the chance to make a huge difference. In an interview, Bishop Bill Hamon said that he believes young adults are going to be an army for God that is unstoppable and on fire. You can see it in all that we do. We are driven, we are not afraid, we are unstoppable. It is up to us to start making a difference in prayer.

Don't wait for the prayer warriors in your life to reach heaven before you start praying. The time is now because none of us are promised tomorrow.

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