Monthly Archives: September 2017

In the Waiting

We all have things that we have been praying about, things we really desire to see change, but are we willing to wait up on the Father, who will bring it all into existence in His perfect timing?

For many weeks you have waited, for months you have prayed, you have wept tears, and you have struggled. You begin to wonder if something is wrong, does God not hear, does He not care? Will this prayer never be answered, will that dream never be a reality?

And during this time of waiting, you see your friends receive something you have been praying about for so long and once again you wonder, will God never answer? You want to rejoice with them, yet it hurts so much as you continue to wait.

My friend, let’s be honest, Waiting is

•Difficult

•Painful

•Stretching

and looking at it from an earthly perspective, it would appear that the Waiting season seems to only cause more heartache, more doubt and tears in our lives, but really is that just because we aren’t getting what we want?

I invite you to join me, as we look at the Waiting season from a Spiritual standpoint. The Waiting period allows us to:

•Draw closer to God

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:8

•Surrender our will to the Father

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares 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.
Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9

•Trust God More Fully

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

•Be Refined and made more into the Image of Christ

So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:7

So my friend, wherever you find yourself at this very moment, in the Waiting or maybe in the Valley. I encourage you with these words:

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

I pray that God would give you much Grace as you seek Him and from Him alone, comes perfect Peace and Rest. Surrender it to Him🙌

Thankful for Grace

Vinny

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Rest for the Weary

When Jesus spoke these words that are recorded in the eleventh chapter of Matthew, I believe He knew that us frail humans would attempt to do life on our own Strength at times, that we would run to Him as our last resort, rather then Him be the first place we run in times of trouble. Just listen to what He says:

To the one who is weary, He bids come

•To the one who is burdened, He bids come

He doesn’t say when you have it all together, you can come, or once you are perfect, you can come. No, He makes it very clear, “come unto Me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”

We sleep at night to rest our weary bodies, but that’s not the rest He is talking about here. He’s talking about a rest that only He can give, when we give Him everything, our burdens, our cares, and our mistakes. When we give everything to Him, He is then in control of it all and we can rest in Him, because He is now in control of it.

Just listen to what else He says in verses 29 and 30 of Matthew 11.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

He wants us to take His yoke upon us and learn from Him, and how can we do that? It’s only when we come to Him with our everything that we can learn from Him, because if we don’t come to Him, our focus tends to be more on the problems and burdens we are currently dealing with.

He speaks of Him being gentle and lowly, which describes our Father so well. He is the creator of the Universe, yet He wants to have an intimate relationship with me. He is also the Gentle Shepherd who desires to heal all the broken pieces and wants me to live with complete abandon for Him.

The yoke He speaks of is another loving attribute of the Father. He doesn’t want us to worry about or carry anything. He wants to do that for us. The question is, will I allow Him to do that?

My friend, if you find yourself burdened and overwhelmed, please run to the Father, He is waiting with open arms to carry everything for you.

Thankful for Him,

Vinny

“Why”

• “Why God?”
• “Why this path?”
• “Why this heartache?”
• “Why this loss?”
• “Why this Struggle?”

I think we have all thought or perhaps even verbalized one or all of these questions on our journey through this life.The beautiful thing is, every single one of us have a story, each one is different, yet we have all experienced similar things in life; heartache, loss, pain and etc.

Let’s be honest, these things all affect us deeply, and the Father wants us to turn to Him at all times, yet when trials come it’s quite easy to feel like we are all alone and no one cares, because that’s what the enemy wants us to believe. We know only the Father speaks truth, so we need to root His word with in our hearts.

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord , have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalms 9:10

To the one who is questioning “Why” My friend, my heart goes out to you, I know it’s just so difficult to understand why things have to be this way. I pray that you would be comforted by the Father’s Love, that His Grace would sustain you in this time, and that He would give you Strength to Faithfully continue on, even if you don’t understand.

To the one who is facing “Heartache and Loss”, my heart weeps with you. What you have experienced is really hard, the pain is real and even today you may have had to face a new “first” and that pain and reality is harsh. I pray that the Father would sustain you with His Grace and that His loving arms would hold you ever close as He heals the broken pieces of your heart.

To the one who is Struggling, may I encourage you with the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Some say, “Time Heals” and to an extent that may be true, but the Father is the only One who ultimately heals and restores! May He speak to you today!

Thankful for Grace❤

Vinny