I think it’s safe to say that most of us are waiting on something.
As you read this, maybe you’re waiting for the end of a long work day.
Or, maybe you’re confident that you crushed that job interview and you’re waiting (and praying!) for the offer.
Here’s a common one: you’re a single woman, and marriage continues to evade you. All of your single friends are finding love, and you’re wondering when your time will come. You’ve been delighting yourself in the Lord, but you haven’t yet received all the desires of your heart.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that the Bible does not say when your heart’s desires will come true. God surely knows the day and time, but we don’t. I honestly believe that this is on purpose. Think about it.
How many times have you known something was going to happen, whether it was a first date, a new job, or closing on your first home? You waited anxiously for that thing to happen, and it consumed your thoughts day and night.
So, if you knew all of the good things that God had in store for your life, you could become more focused on those things than on Him. It’s not supposed to be this way.
You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about His relationship with you.Exodus 34:14
While God wants to bless us in many ways, He does not want our dependence on Him to be overshadowed by our desires.
So, as we deepen our relationship with God, how can we wait well?
Read on for 5 awesome and practical ways to thrive while waiting on God’s promises to be revealed in your life!
# 1 Identify Your Talents
What are you good at?
Now, before you say you’re not good at anything, let’s see what the Bible has to say about it.
In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift of showing kindness to others, do it gladly.Romans 12:6-8
What I love about this scripture is that it covers both tangible and intangible talents. For example, serving others with your time makes as much of an impact as literally serving them a meal in your home!
Here are a few talents that you can start using today to enrich your life and others’ lives, too. Also, don’t be too concerned about being perfect. The great thing about some talents is that we can strengthen them with practice!
- Singing or playing an instrument – consider trying out for your church worship team (now this talent will require some level of skill, and singing in the shower doesn’t really count!)
- Sewing or crochet – people love receiving handmade gifts
- Leading – Toastmasters is a great organization that helps improve leadership skills with public speaking. Consider joining a group or starting your own
- Teaching – if you have experience in a certain area, partner with your local library, community college, or church to teach a class on everything from personal finance to resume writing
So, what are you waiting for? Go out there and share your God-given talents with others today!
# 2 Read More
I don’t know about you, but there’s something about settling in on a Sunday afternoon with a good book.
It goes without saying that the most important book to read on a daily basis is the Bible. Especially when you are in a season of waiting, meditating on God’s word is sure to bring you comfort, encouragement, and peace.
However, it is also important to gain knowledge through reading other types of books as well.
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.Proverbs 18:15
Here are a few types of books and the benefits of each.
- Personal Development – a broad category that includes topics such as productivity, time management, and goal-setting. These books contain practical and actionable steps to implement in your day-to-day life.
- Personal Finance – who hasn’t heard of Dave Ramsey? There are thousands of finance books on the market to choose from to whip your finances into shape.
- Professional Development – books related to your current career field will only enhance the knowledge you already have. And, you may even boost your knowledge and skills enough for a raise or even a promotion!
- Novels/ Fiction – reading for entertainment is a great way to relax and wind down when life gets hectic. If you’re interested in Christian fiction, Goodreads has tons of recommendations and reviews.
Grab a book, a cup of coffee or tea, and read!
# 3 Take Care Of Your Temple
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through sensible diet and exercise is very challenging for many of us.
I can relate. I have started (and stopped!) weight loss programs more times than I can count over my lifetime. It is a daily struggle to be consistent.
When I read this scripture, though, it puts things into a whole new light.
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Our bodies are vessels for the Holy Spirit, who dwells in us so that we can be a blessing to others and to serve the Lord.
When you think about it that way, how can you not make your health and well-being a priority?
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking about fad diets and exercise programs designed for professional athletes. We shouldn’t be taking an all-or-nothing approach when it comes to weight loss, weight maintenance, and fitness.
It’s about progress, not perfection. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong process.
Start by making small changes.
Drink more water. Incorporate more whole foods into your diet. Find physical activities that you enjoy that don’t even feel like exercise. Zumba is a great workout, but it’s also fun!
Do your own research and find a plan that is realistic for you.
# 4 Serve Others
Serving others is, without a doubt, one of the most important qualities of a believer. Jesus demonstrated this over and over again during His ministry.
For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.Luke 22:27
Often times, we are so consumed with whatever we’re waiting for God to do for us that we don’t think about others’ needs.
I can tell you from experience that one of the quickest ways for me to get my mind off of myself is to give my time and attention to someone in need.
Volunteering is an easy way to serve others. There are so many organizations looking for people who can give their time and talents (see above!) to help those in need.
Another great place to start is with your own church. Most churches have outreach ministries who are always looking for people eager to spread the love of Christ.
As you wait for God to move in your life, know that he sees your servant heart and will bless you for it.
God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.Hebrews 6:10
# 5 Build Relationships
We aren’t meant to do life alone. Encouragement, accountability, and companionship are all crucial in your walk with God, especially when you are in a waiting season.
I admit that I have a tendency to isolate when I am growing weary in my waiting for God to answer my prayers. It is very easy for me to become comfortable in my solitude.
I live alone and I work from home, so I can go days without human contact. So, I have to be intentional about getting out of my space for fellowship with others.
One of my favorite days of the week is when I meet with my small group. Having a safe space where I can be completely transparent, share my struggles, and have others hold me accountable is such an important part of my Christian life.
If your church has small groups, consider joining one. If not, check out other local churches, as church membership may not be required to join.
Also, remember the friendships you already have. You don’t have to wait for them to initiate contact with you.
Call a friend today to set something up. You never know. Your friend may have been waiting for you to reach out to her.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Hebrews 10:24-25
I hope you’ve found this helpful as you continue to wait in faith for God’s plans to be revealed in your life. Remember, life doesn’t stop while you’re waiting.
Waiting well is about continuing to live and thrive as you rest in God’s promises.
But those who wait on the LordIsaiah 40:31
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.
Which of these ways of waiting resonates with you? What other tips do you have for waiting well? Please share in the comments below!