I’m gonna go out and whim and make an assumption and say that I don’t think I am the only one who thinks it sometimes feels like pure torture to just do nothing and wait for God to work. When everything I want is out of my reach and still one big unknown, it’s hard. Do you agree? When God says wait, why is it my initial reaction is to panic and feel stressed? Especially when I realize that waiting could mean waiting a really long time.
I don’t know about you, but I have been in a waiting season for a while and I’m learning day by day to rest in Him during this time. I’m learning that waiting on God is actually not as scary as I first thought it would be.
If you find yourself in one of these extended periods of waiting, what can you do? God has been faithful to show me many ways to draw nearer to Him as I wait. These simple habits have become so comforting to my soul as I face the huge unknowns in my life. What are the simple habits I have been doing you may ask? Well, today I want to share some of them with you all in hopes that they can help and encourage you too.
A consistent bedtime routine with a focus on scripture memory
“When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night.” (Psalm 63:6)
The first helpful habit I started is journaling each night before I go to bed. Whenever my heart is heavy I find so much comfort in journaling a few thoughts before bed. I will usually write out four categories in my journal; “Verse“, “Reflection“, “Thankfulness“, and “Prayer and Confession“.
In the verse section, I write out a verse to focus on. In the reflection section, I usually write down any thoughts about the day I just need to write out and put on paper. Often I’ll write things related to how I feel and how I am processing the things in my life. Then in the thankfulness section, I jot down a few things I’m thankful for from the day. Lastly in the prayer and confession section, I try to think about a way that I have not loved or followed God well. I write out a simple prayer of confession and ask God for help to do better the next day.
It takes me only about five minutes to go through all these steps and I have noticed my sleep has improved so much whenever I take the time to journal and give thanks to God before bed. It’s really quite amazing!
Long walks for praying and journaling
Walks have always been a way for me to unwind and process things. When I need to talk to God about the things on my heart I always go on a walk. I have started referring to my long walks as prayer walks. I find so much relief in being able to talk out loud to God as I walk. Often times I will bring my journal with me on my walks and if I feel led I will find a pretty place to rest and write a few thoughts down in my journal.
When you are in a season of uncertainty and waiting, I highly encourage getting outside each day and going on a walk. It’s good for your physical health too. When we get overwhelmed by life it is too easy to let the sadness keep us from moving and making healthy choices. But something beautiful happens when we choose to pick ourselves up and move our bodies and talk to our Lord about how we feel.
Reading good biblical books
In the season of waiting that God has me in, I noticed that I often have so much time on my hands. I realized that I need to keep my mind busy so I don’t’ sink back into feelings of fear and worry. One thing that has helped is reading good Christian books. Especially good biblical books that keep me focused on the character of God. I have been trying to read at least one or two chapters before I go to bed each night when time allows. Reading books about God’s character and attributes are some of my favorites. Currently, I’m reading a book about walking through pain and suffering by Timothy Keller.
Jamming to worship music
I also have found that music does a lot to lift my mood. One of the best ways to change my mood when I’m worried has been listening to worship music while working or driving in my car. The words of worship songs always speak to my heart in deep ways and remind me to keep seeking God.
When you are in a season of waiting, try changing your normal jam to songs that talk about God’s goodness and faithfulness. Let the words of the songs encourage your heart.
Staying connected with mentors and attend a Bible study
Lastly, I want to say that it’s important to stay connected. When we go through hard seasons of waiting it can be so easy to shut ourselves up and keep ourselves isolated. Waiting is hard but we can never truly move onto what God has next for us if we don’t let others into our life. I have found so much encouragement from my weekly bible study and fellowship with other believers. It has become such a strong foundation for me during my days of uncertainty.
I also have found so much love and support from others when I reach out to them and ask them to pray for me. There are a few people I have in my life whom I constantly reach out to and ask for prayer. I believe that God gives us these people to help us get through these hard seasons. When we don’t reach out to the people in our life then we do a disservice to ourselves. A friend who will pray with you and read scripture with you may be just the gift that your heart needs in your season of waiting.
I could probably keep going on with the ways I have been learning to rely more on God and keep my focus on him in seasons of waiting. But I am running out of time so I must bring this post to end now. When I look back at all the ways God has been growing me through my hard seasons of waiting I am thankful. I’m thankful to see that God is faithful to me and he is always using my hard seasons to help me develop Godly habits and rely more on Him.
I pray these tips and ideas will encourage you to keep chasing after God. Whatever it is you are facing, may it be a means for God to grow your faith!