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‘Mama, I don’t feel good’.

I look at her pale face, thin body lying in bed. It had been four months of this unknown illness wreaking havoc and robbing her of youthful joy. Four months since she had been in school, missing friends and fun of seventh grade.

As her days filled with pain and loneliness, my days filled with frustration and helplessness of a mama who would do anything for her daughter, but powerlessly could do nothing. Endless doctor visits, each adding only more questions to this enigma. What else could I do to make her better?  Myself sick with worry and stress. Daily pleas turned into constant state of prayer: ‘Please, God, heal her.’ ‘Heavenly Father, please lead us to the answer’.

Nothing.

Only silence.

Or so it is seemed at the time.

Standing in the now, I see with faith-filled eyes that God was not silent during those anxious days eleven years ago.

But wrapped up, consumed in those moments when time stood still, it sure seemed like he was.

Silence can be deceptive.

Unanswered prayer baffles – does God really care? Day after day waiting for an answer – is God really listening? Does he hear? Why doesn’t he show some sign that he is there? Why doesn’t he make this better? Why is this happening? Why? Why? Always the why.

Silence can be deafening.

It deafens so all we hear are our own thoughts, drowning in doubt and confusion. It limits his greatness and goodness, and it masks what he’s really trying to tell us:

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

When God seems silent, he’s actually calling us into stillness.

But how to be still when the world spins upside down?

Where is stillness when the heart sobs in brokenness?

How to find stillness in the tumult of mind’s questioning?

Yet with those words, be still, he calls us into a quiet calm.

How did he come to Elijah on the mountain? Not in wind or quake or fire, but in a gentle whisper. And how can we hear the whisper if we are not still?

In the stillness he whispers:

I love you. I will never leave you.  Joshua 1:5

I have plans for you, so trust me. Jeremiah 29:11

I need you to wait, because the time isn’t right yet. I have something better in store. Psalm 37:7, 104:27, Eccl 3:11

In the stillness he calls us to wait and to wait patiently.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7

So we wait.

In the waiting, he is at work. Earthly eyes cannot see or understand his mysterious ways. But with eyes of faith, we trust. His ‘no’s’ may be ‘not yets’. His ‘no’s’ may be a lesson in the now here, teaching us to rely only on him, to lean into him and his promises.

For his love endures forever. Psalm 136:1

So with whatever strength the soul can muster in the midst of the storm, be still and cling to him.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5

blessings,

Tracy

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door quote

lately i’ve been praying for open doors

so many close to me really need one

an open door –

an answer to prayers

 a door out from the trappings of struggles & worries

a door opening to new possibilities

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whatever it is that moves you to seek an open door

 know that God works everything for our good

know that He has a plan that will be so much better than we can ever imagine

“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.”

– Jeremiah 29:11

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so as we wait

we trust in one breath

yet in the next we wonder  –

If God would only . . .

Why doesn’t God . . .

How much longer, God .  . .

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we wrestle with impatience that wraps the heart

and understanding that seems out of grasp

as we stand at doors that refuse to open

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the heart yearns

and God knows;

the soul prays and pleads

and He hears;

we ask

and He answers,

He always answers

in His time

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as you wait for Him to work things out for you

He might be working things out in you

even in the waiting

you are where you are for a reason

ask for contentment in this moment

ask how He can use you right where you are

and when He opens a door –

be ready to take a big, brave step of faith and gratitude through it

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 blessings, 

Tracy

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rose farm

today i visited a rose farm

425 varieties tended with love in memory of someone dear

so beautiful

i saw bumblebees buzzing happily in centers of beauty

content in beds of nectar

like them, rose after rose,

i buried my nose into the middle of intoxicating fragrance

breathing deep

rose with bee

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i find it fascinating to see roses pass

from tight bud to full petals of silk too many to count

not as i will them to open

yet each unfolding in it’s own time

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another lesson from the One who tends the heart

another lesson in patience and trust

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when things don’t turn out the way i planned

hopes and dreams broken

and the taste of disappointment is strong

i wonder

did i try to force the blossom?

 striving for what my heart longed for

was it something i wanted so much, but didn’t ask Him if it’s what He wanted for me?

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 i want so desperately to see His plan

an unsure future – aren’t we all desperate to know and see?

or at least a little impatient?

perhaps He clouds the path ahead so we must trust Him completely

and slowly He reveals

petal by petal

His perfect plan for each of us

from bud

to full out gorgeous blossom

in His time

rose silk petals

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all He asks of us is to trust Him

and let His plan unfold

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and hot to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”                                                                                            – Jeremiah 29:11

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart . . .
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.                                                                               -Proverbs 3:5-6

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Thankful for . . .

#199. the intoxicating fragrance of His love

#200. an ocean of grace

#201. light for the path

#202. His perfect plan

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