2018 was a lot of trusting God in the waiting. This month marks a year that I’ll have been a full-time entrepreneur in New York. The journey has been stressful, exciting, peaceful, eye-opening, teaching, rewarding and full of waiting. Waiting for checks, jobs and even clothes. God pushed me to trust Him with my finances, which meant stepping out on faith and getting rid of my part-time job. It was scary and relieving all at the same time. Needless to say, I didn’t love my PT job, but it was security… until it wasn’t. I’m not going to lie it’s still hard to wait patiently when there are deadlines looming over my head but there are a few things I’ve learned to do once I’ve realized I need to calm down.
PRAY. Easier said than done when worry overcomes you with no solution in sight. When I’m overwhelmed I pray, I ask friends and family to pray. I pray, sometimes beg well mostly beg God to basically save me. I’ve learned to pray for God’s peace, His timing and for His will to be done. I pray this over and over until peace has overcome me and I’ve stopped worrying and doubting. I contact my prayer warrior for additional prayer. I know that worry and doubt come hand in hand so when I pray I don’t want my doubt or disbelief get in the way. My friends and family cover me so that my peace may come quicker. It’s a lesson that I’m still learning and hope in 2019 that peace and trust come quicker.
RECITE. I love highlighting bible verses to stand on when I feel like my faith is starting to waver. I try and remember some of my favorites and go into my bible app when I need to recall the ones I’ve highlighted. Romans 8:28-30 is one of my favorite set of verses to stand on. It reassures me that no matter what I’m going through it will all work out to glorify God and add to my testimony. It also reassures me that I am chosen by Him for any and everything. Whatever I’m waiting for or going through He’s equipped me in the waiting.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30 NIV
PRAISE. I praise Him in advance. Once I’ve calmed down, I praise God for what I’m believing for Him to do. It may be in the form of giving thanks, verbally thanking Him that it’s already done. I also listen to praise music, sing and even dance along. Music is the number one way God communicates with me. Why not communicate back to Him how thankful I am and how much I love Him. Praising him in advance also helps to bring His peace back quicker and my doubts to fade away. One of my favorite songs to listen to also reminds me how much I’m loved by God.
Here’s to trusting God in the waiting. I pray that this helps you to trust God more and to have peace in the waiting. What do you do to get peace in the midst of a storm?