Tag Archive: God’s timing


Godincidence

Isn’t it interesting when things just “happen”?

My daughter has been invited to join her cousins for a day of fun in the sun at Noah’s Ark today.

noah's ark sign

Noah’s Ark always promises (and delivers) a day filled with lots of water, laughter and crazy rides.  But there’s one catch…

Noah's Ark waterpark

A whopping $35.99 entry fee (which, of course, does not include any sort of lunch, snack, drink, etc…)

ouch.

Thankfully God knows all things and plans all things.

Sami has a check for $35 from Christmas that still needs to be cashed…  Perfect!!  Well, that covers the cost of the ticket, I’ll just have to send some snacks along with her.

And in God’s perfect timing, I got a text from Sam yesterday saying she ‘spied God’…

She has been staying with her Grandparents, helping my Dad take care of my Mom who just had hip replacement surgery.  Dad and Sam went to Subway to bring back supper, and in true God fashion, Subway ‘just happens’ to have a deal going on right now:

subway“It’s the 10-for-10 Monster Deal from Noah’s Ark and Subway. A deal so big it’s taking over summer!
Now, spend ten dollars at any Wisconsin Subway restaurant,
and you can get a voucher good for ten dollars off admission to Noah’s Ark, America’s Largest Waterpark!
No purchase necessary. See store for details.”

Sweet.

perfect timing

Yesterday, all day, I didn’t receive any texts.  I had sent many out, to many different people; some important that needed an answer and some not so much.  I figured people weren’t by their phones or were too busy and some didn’t necessarily need to respond…

but all I got was silence.

I had so many unanswered questions…

and silence.

At times I didn’t know what to do without a response, but when I called I got no answer.

More silence.

I felt alone and was forced to take what I felt were the next logical steps, questioning and doubting as I went but I continued on the path I felt was right until I heard back.

Some answers came quickly; a call was returned or the person reached, but others were not and because I had only silence, I was forced to make decisions.

Some of those choices were wrong and when I finally got the answers I sought, albeit late according to my timing, I realized I had to change things.  Others however, were not answered as quickly and I needed to move forward blindly.

This morning when I checked my phone, 25 texts were waiting.  At 10:30 last night all of the messages came through.  Every answer I searched for over the past 36 hours were now in front of me; some confirmed good choices, others exposed mistakes, while others revealed new information giving me better understanding.

Isn’t that just how our prayer life can be?

So often we ask for guidance or an answer over a decision and we are greeted with silence.

Sometimes we are forced to make a seemingly blind choice; we must go with our gut and make the best decision based on the facts before us.  If it’s wrong or misguided, God will discipline and correct, but if it’s right, He will confirm it.

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”   Proverbs 19:21

Do you have a decision to make you haven’t gotten an answer for?

Take the step you feel is right.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”   Proverbs 16:9

God will reveal His will and His plan… trust Him and in His timing!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”   Proverbs 3:5-6

 

“When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”   Matthew 10:19-20

Oh, I just praise God and His timing!!

I receive a daily devotional each morning from Proverbs 31 Ministries.  Now, I don’t always get a chance to read it…but every once in a while I do.

A few days ago God prompted me to read one about loss and God’s plan.  It was called: “If God Loves Me, why…” by Renee Swope.

It touched my heart and I immediately wanted to share it, but God at that moment didn’t lay anyone on my heart to forward it to.  He just quietly told me to wait…

Save it.

This morning I got an email from a friend I haven’t spoken to in a while.  She confided in me that she just recently found out she was pregnant, and almost just as quickly was miscarried…for a second time.

She was very sad, feeling as if someone had ripped out her heart, and felt very alone because really, no one knew.

God immediately brought to mind the devotional I had stored away for another time…

“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place… And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:14

I read through the devotional again, and it wasn’t one on loss of a child or even a loved one.  In fact, it was about heartbreak and hurts in our past, so I wasn’t sure this was what my friend needed… but God continued to prompt me to send it.  It was about His plan for us through every trial, tragedy, and storm so I sent it…although I did warn her to read it when she had time, because I sent it to her at work!!

My friend’s response was awesome, and I praise God for His perfect timing and for sending her the right words…

“Ok so I couldn’t wait…..I read it choking down my emotions in between answering the phone.  You know what…..I am so glad I did.  I just sighed and thought, I can do this, I’m ok!!!  I have time in my life.  Almost a relieved feeling.  How amazing…..

Thank you again and again, I needed to read that today! 

It meant a lot especially because of my past.  I don’t know what I’ve ever told you but I had a bad history with my parents with alcohol in my past but didn’t let that slow me down.  But……as I was reading it, it touched home that way and what I’m going through now. ”

Praise the One in whose timing and words are perfect!!

God worked through my sister-in-law who wrote a beautiful poem and posted it the very day I was struggling to trust in His timing and provision.

I hope it is as much of a blessing and encouragement to you as it was to me.

*please visit Amanda on facebook!  Click on her name below to encourage her writing!

Enjoy.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”   Proverbs 3:5-6

Trusting Through Trials

Father God please help me to trust

My timing is NOW

But Yours is not

This trial this test

I don’t understand

I know I can’t make it

Except by Your hand

That must be why

The storm has come

To teach me to trust

To prepare me for

The trials to come

The storm is tumultuous

The wind knocks me down

Which is perfect because

My knees is where must be

The bitter rain stings my face

Causing me to bow my head

My tears mingle with rain

As I come to understand

It’s not the why but the how

How will I make it through

I know there is but one way

The Way the Truth and the Life

He has been with me every day

Urging me to give my cares

To Him and Him alone

To grow my trust

To let go of my fears

To rest in knowing He never left

He is here and will dry every tear.

by Amanda (Jackson) Carlson 05/15/2012

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”   Revelation 21:4

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