Waiting Strong



Surprise after surprise. New after new.

I’m in a completely different place than I thought I would be right now. Actually, I’m in a completely different everything than I thought I would be.

Around this time last year I was having some heart response to what I felt God was urging our family to do. I was preparing myself to make some big decisions with my husband about where we were going and what we were going to be doing in the year to come. We had come to the conclusion that God wanted us in a different state and doing ministry in a very different way. And so…..we began to prepare our hearts, our children, and our lives to be moved to another state, another way of life.

And then the time came. And the time is here. And now we wait. And wait. And wait.

We have waited, prayed, listen, trusted, and worked. The Lord had revealed a very profound word to me. “Don’t waste the wait.” It seems like a contrast to what the word wait tends to lean towards. when we think about waiting, we normally think about being still or without much motion. But the wait can be a time of preparation, maturing, revelation, and intimacy.

I have been more productive in this waiting season, then I was in the season prior. I have seen and heard the voice of the Lord in new ways, gained new vision and perspective, learned much about myself and those around me, and found peace in non-negotiable obedience. The wait has truly been a gift. If we trust in the God who loves us and holds time in His very own hands, the wait becomes a valuable space by which we grow in the grace that dwells in time. Though our hearts may long for what’s to come, what’s in front of us is the gift that has been put in our hands for today. Open the gift of the wait and press into the grace that brings us into the season to come.

Lord Jesus give us wisdom to navigate the wait. Help us to surrender to Your timeline and Your way. Today is the day that we open the gift that You have given us in Your abundant grace. We trust You! In Jesus name! 

In Christ,

J.E. Berry

“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:25-26


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