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Your Season Of Waiting

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JBrazito Stop LightWaiting can be challenging – especially when it feels like you’ve been waiting for a very long time!  Rather than resisting the waiting process, you can look at it as a stepping-stone to your ultimate success.  Listed below are some benefits that come as a result of waiting.

Waiting leads to maturity.  Patience is evidence of self-control and humility and these traits are seen in those who are mature.  God is grooming you for success and learning to patiently endure is part of the mystery of growth.  Waiting gives you the opportunity to learn how to use wisdom to guide your thoughts and actions.  When you keep your faith and thoughts steady in God’s purposes, your mind and heart at peace as you successfully learn to rise above trials and setbacks.

Waiting purifies motives.  It’s easy to believe that your motives are pure because rationalizing and justifying tend to be second nature in our fallen world.  A waiting period can reveal if your desired request has in any way become an idol.  The graciousness with which you wait for God’s answer is a powerful sifter of any improper motives that you need to be made aware of.  Waiting is an important part of the preparation process as God works out His great purpose for your life.

Waiting strengthens your faith in God.  You can be confident that His timing will be perfect and when He opens the doors, you will be fully prepared to go through them.  If doors are opened too early you might fail, but opened too late and you might become bitter and neither of these are God’s will for your life.  Your Heavenly Father wants you to go through open doors victoriously which is why waiting in faith is so crucial.

Biblical Perspective:  The Message says it like this in *James 1:4, “So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”  Waiting builds the quality of endurance.  This isn’t about gritting your teeth and barely making it through the waiting process.  It’s about self-control, peace and courage as you continue living in a way that honors God.  Endurance is the outworking of those who know their God, trust His plan and live in daily fellowship with Him.

Let your season of waiting work for you!  Use this time of waiting to discover your gifts and talents and gain clarity about your life purpose.  You can develop your own action plan with one of my Clear Life Purpose ™ Coaching Programs.  If you’re ready, don’t put it off any longer – here’s how you can get started!

Renew, Refresh and Refocus:  How has waiting purified your motives and helped you to gain God’s perspective?  In what ways has waiting helped you to grow more humble and dependent on God?  How have you developed the quality of endurance through the waiting process?

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