In life it is important that we wait for the right opportunities to give our all in. So many times people become impatient wanting to be a part of something great, but not giving enough time for that great thing to come their way that they can joyously take part in. I believe when we surrender our will to the Lord and allow His will to be done in our life that we will be at the right place at the right time to receive every good and perfect gift that God has prepared for all of those who trust in Him. For me I can easily testify that God has been faithful to meet every need, to fulfill every desire and to be with me every single time that I called upon His Holy Name. God is good to us not because we deserve it, but because He is loving, merciful and gracious and much more so than we can ever fully comprehend. The God who created the universe; the sun, the moon and the stars, the oceans, the mountaintops as well as you and I has made Himself available to be called upon, to be sought after and to be there for us to meet our needs and give us our hearts desires. Such magnificence can be too hard to believe is available to us, but thankfully it is and all we have to do is simply humble ourselves and call upon the name of the Lord. (Matthew 6:9-13) (James 1:17-18)
Be encouraged to do things according to God’s timing. Don’t rush from one job to another, from one relationship to another from one disappointment to another, but seek God’s will, seek God’s best and allow His wisdom and understanding to infiltrate your heart and mind so that you may be sensitive to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit and follow where He leads you. It will be to your benefit, to your betterment and you will find yourself blessed with ease because you wisely chose to do things God’s way instead of your own way. God says in Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Always remember and keep in mind that God wishes to lead and guide you onto the best path because He sees the end of the road that we are just starting on. I encourage you again to trust God’s way and allow His perfect will to bless your life more than you can think or imagine right now. (Psalm 139:1-10) (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to be sensitive to God’s leading so that you may receive every good and perfect gift that He has prepared for you.
THE RIGHT ONE
My grandma and grandpa celebrated their 55th anniversary surrounded by their children, grandchildren, and a lifetime collection of friends. I thought that Grandma had forgotten anything she may have known about being single. I was wrong.
As she was getting ready for the party, arranging her long white hair in a French twist, my grandma commented, “I'm always surprised when I look in the mirror and see all these wrinkles.” Holding her hand over her heart, she added, “In here, I'm still a young woman.” She applied bright red lipstick.
I sat on the bed watching her primp. “So, what is the secret of a long happy marriage?”
She sprayed floral cologne on her wrists. “Don't settle.”
I must have looked puzzled.
“Don't settle. That is all you need to know.” She tucked a stray wisp of hair in place.
I twisted my own hair around my fingers hoping to coax it into curl. Turning the page of Grandma's photo album, I saw an out-of-focus photo of nondescript steps.
“That is where your grandpa proposed to me; we had known each other six weeks. When he first saw me, he told his cousin that he had seen the girl he was going to marry. That was before we had even spoken one word to each other.”
“Six weeks?” My images of Edwardian modesty shattered. My grandma was born in 1890. Opposite the picture of the steps was a sepia studio portrait of a ringleted young woman with limpid eyes. That was Grandma, in the high-collared lace blouse, her mouth primly shut, her huge eyes staring off into the unknown future. “I thought people used to have a long courtship.”
“I had a long courtship; it just wasn't with your grandfather.” She giggled. Grandma's eyes had not changed since that young girl held her rigid pose for the photographer.
My grandma was one of 13 children. Her parents had a large house which Grandma described as a mansion. They were an unusual family for the turn-of-the century. One of Grandma's sisters was a bookkeeper. Her sister Ceil was an attorney; a plaque on a building in McKeesport, Pennsylvania marks the site of her office.
Grandma always wanted to be a wife and mother. She was 25 when she married my grandfather.
“Grandma, I always thought things were different back then. I thought maybe Grandpa came over and sat around the den or parlor or whatever for years before he proposed.”
Grandma smiled and moved closer, just like one of my friends settling in for a good gossip. “I kept company with another man for six years. He kept pushing me to marry him. I kept saying `I don't want to leave my mother,' or I'm not ready.' I said this, I said that. The truth was, there was no spark; he was nice, but he just wasn't the one.”
I leaned forward. The years had fallen off Grandma's voice. Her speech sounded young, expectant.
“Everyone kept saying, `Annie, so when are we dancing at your wedding?' People talked-people have always liked to talk-there was talk I'd end up an old maid. We took that kind of thing seriously. I didn't say anything. I kept going out with him, but something stopped me from getting engaged. He wasn't the one. My mother was worried about me. I wasn't worried. I knew that there was someone, somewhere. I wasn't ready to settle.”
She looked at our faces in the ornately framed mirror. In my face she saw the young woman she had been, in her face I saw my future. She squeezed my hand.
“So, then I met your grandfather. He saw me out walking with my friends and found-who knows how-that he knew my cousin. In a few days, he managed to come calling with my cousin. I never saw the other man again.”
“Six weeks later your grandpa proposed.” She started laughing until tears gathered in her eyes, tiny droplets glinting like the diamond stud earrings in her ears. “He said he needed a wife to manage his money. He didn't have two dimes to rub together.”
“Did you know that before you married him?” I asked, thinking of the tales I had heard about her well-off parents.
“Of course I knew that. I also knew he was the one I had waited for,” she said. She looked at our faces in the ornately framed mirror. In my face she saw the young woman she had been; in her face I saw my future. I kissed Grandma's cheek, knowing I would never settle. I would wait for the right one, and now I was certain I would know him when I saw him.
By Diane Goldberg
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 138:6-8 “Though the LORD be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly: but the proud He knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and Thy right hand shall save me. The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of Thine own hands.”
Isaiah 30:21 “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”
Psalm 23:1-4 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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