Relax, Reflect, Recharge

In God’s Waiting Room


Thank you Rachel Wojo for today’s message…

I have a confession to make. I’m terrible at waiting. Whether in a doctor’s office waiting room, parent pickup line, or restaurant waiting area, I strategize ways to wait the least amount of time.

If you can use an app and wait less time than standing in line? I use it. If you can order ahead and potentially wait less time? I do it. Now I realize that this is not all bad; I certainly don’t want everything in life to be a journey. But what if the desire for instant gratification is so strong that it makes me miss important parts of growth and relationship?

At some points in my life, I’ve felt like I was sitting in God’s waiting room. Oh, I know; there were no magazines and no chairs. But for reasons unknown to me, I was waiting on God. To send answers. To open an opportunity. To create a new situation.  Whatever the circumstance, it was outside my control and I felt tempted to stomp my foot like a toddler. I sometimes felt tempted to try to make a change without God’s help. Have you ever sat in God’s waiting room? I know you have.

Why does God place us there? While I’m still learning how to wait patiently on God, I’ve combed the Word for hints on embracing this concept. One of those hints is that God wants to prepare us for the answer.

If I gave my 13-year-old son a car for his birthday this year, what would happen? Most likely something horrible since he’s not qualified to drive a car. He hasn’t taken a single driving lesson. He doesn’t know how the equipment functions. He barely understands how to unlock and start the car. My son would have to wait to truly unwrap that gift because he’s just not ready for it.

God alone knows when we are ready for the answer for which we are waiting. He wants us to be equipped for the answer He is providing. He knows that catastrophe could lie ahead if we move on without preparation. He knows how hard it would be to sit and stare at the answer while we continue to work on our qualifications.

Today’s verse provides the encouragement we need to keep going through the waiting period. So often our focus is either on the wait or the result we desire. But while our focus is on the wait, God’s focus is on the work. Be strong and courageous, Friend. God will provide the answers in his perfect timing.

When we begin to view life from a faith-filled perspective, we can look back over the course of the journey and realize that God was there all along. We  weren’t waiting for no reason! Spiritual hindsight comes as we adjust our lenses to see as God sees. Although we can’t see things to come, we recognize that just as God had a purpose for the wait in the past, so can He be trusted with the future.

Perhaps today you are waiting on God to provide a new job, heal a sickness, or mend a broken relationship. The journey has been long, and you are flat-out tired of waiting. Take heart. The God who loves you beyond measure is right there with you in your wait. He longs to provide the strength you need to keep from barging ahead on your own. He has not left you alone in the wait.

What we perceive as waiting on God is actually his wooing. He longs to draw you close and equip you well.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Saturday Spotlight is

mary & martha

Today’s Saturday Spotlight is a company that I found at a recent vendor event called Mary & Martha.  To tell us all about it is one of my favorite consultants. Liz Grinkin,

According to the website:

“MARY & MARTHA ARE OUR FOUNDERS. Over 2,000 years ago they began serving in their home. They learned through their experiences that having people in your home isn’t about the act of entertaining, but it is the method by which we invite guests into our homes to love on them. In fact, the greatest Guest felt so welcomed in their home, He was entertained there many times. This is where you enter the story. We are inviting you to join us. See your home transformed. Let us show you how easy it can be. We have created products and tips to give you the confidence that you can have people in your home without it being perfect, complex or routine; so you can focus on the main thing. The guests that enter into your homes. This is your invitation to join us.”

Liz loves that their products have a Scripture message either on them, or is the inspiration for them. The products are gorgeous and so well made, they will become family treasures. I have to admit that there is something on every page that I either want in my home or I know just the right woman in my life that I want to bless with it.

Liz fell in love with the Vintage Tile Board first. It reminds her of the first church she went to, a 150+ year old, tiny church and the sign they had by the pulpit with the hymn numbers on it. Now it’s hanging in my home with messages for us all. The other piece, that she thinks should be in EVERY home, is the Jesus Loves Me mirror. Etched into the glass says, “This is the face of someone Jesus loves.” According to Liz, we should all know that deep within our cores especially the young women that we know. No flaws are seen by God as He created us just as we are.  We need to love Jesus AND others, to serve Him and each other. Being in that place, right where He calls us to be.

Liz said that she could go on, and on, but those are her favorites for sure. I have to admit, I LOVE the card holders but it could be because I LOVE “blessings” and to “CELEBRATE”.

Feel free to contact Liz directly via phone at 908-309-1245 or email at or on Facebook at:

Thank you Liz for sharing Mary & Martha with us….

Hope you all have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

#mary&martha #faithbased #thirtyone #partywithHope #lizgrinkin