So, you've all heard the saying, "fight the good fight", right? Well...(as of today!...AGAIN!) We here at the Mathews house are resolved to wait a good wait. (I can speak for all of us because I manage our blog.) :)
Today, while stalking our favorite adoption blogs, I came across this quote and it reminded me and inspired me! (thanks "Journey to Ethiopia"!)
"Waiting is one of God's most powerful tools of grace. God doesn't just give us grace for the wait. The wait itself is a gift of grace. You see, waiting is not only about what you will receive at the end of the wait. Waiting is about what you will become as you wait."
-Paul David Tripp
-Paul David Tripp
The quote inspired me to be mindful during while waiting to enjoy the journey as we look forward to the "destination". To trust in His timing for our family and for our daughter because after all, His timing is perfect! (and mine?...not so much.)
What He has started, He will finish. What He calls us to....He equips us for.. He's got us. He's got Justice. He's got this....
The message here. Be still and know. (Yes and amen.) Be patient. (oh no! Not that again!)
I have this little book that I refer to a lot. This is what it has to say about patience:
Patience is: a gentle endurance. A tranquil waiting or expectation. Composure during a long siege. A tolerant understanding. Knowing that God has everything under control. Waiting without complaint for God's perfect timing.
Oh...I like that. And I want some more of that in my life. But seriously, I don't like praying for patience. (you know why, right?!... Because every time I pray for patience...I seem to end up in the longest line, the worst traffic or on the phone with the most irritating/irrational customer serve representative on the face of the planet!)
So...I am not hoping for or praying for more patience. I am hoping AND praying to wait well. (do you think there is a difference?)
"Let patience have he perfect work that you may be perfect and entire and wanting nothing"
"Walk worthy for the calling with which you were called"