Waiting on God in Times of Transition

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After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. 1 Kings 19:12

Transitions are difficult. When my children were little babies, the transition from two naps a day to one was always tough. They were quite tired late in the morning and yet I had to wait to put them down just a bit longer so that they could sleep deeply for that one long nap. Eventually they adjusted and things were good.

Transition is like that for us as adults too. Perhaps we are between one life event and another. Marriage to parenthood. Having a baby to having a toddler. Halfway living in a house you’ll soon be moving out of to begin another adventure in life. Saying goodbye to people you love and then saying hello to a place and to people you want to learn to love.

We wait, emotionally and physically stretched thin, reaching for rest and the moment when everything will right itself and one life stage gives way to the next in all its fullness. Waiting on God is not easy.

In times of change, like the precipice of time where my family and I are standing tentatively right now, waiting as we pack up eight years of our lives and leave a home and community we love and feel safe in, there is a certain, unchanging hope.

Life turns in circles, but thankfully God does not.

For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. Malachi 3:6

Oh how thankful I am that the Lord will carry us gently into our next place. There is so much uncertainty in transition. It is a privilege that we as Christians do not have to rely on ourselves to make things work. The Holy Spirit can lead us in confidence to take the next step. And sometimes it’s the first step that’s the hardest. But there are times that it must be done.

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We can praise Him for His gracious gifts in all times, whether we are fully certain of what our future is going to look like or not. There is a time for stability, quiet and rest. And then change inevitably comes, often brought on by God Himself.

As I was talking with a friend a few weeks ago, we came to this conclusion. Sometimes God calls to us and says:

I don’t want you to be comfortable. I want you to be challenged.

How hard that is to hear. And yet how true.

The creation of a pearl is truly a miraculous thing. It begins as a foreign object–an irritant–within an oyster’s shell. Something that the oyster believes does not belong, and he seeks to ease the feeling it gives him by covering it layers of a soft, crystalline coating over a long period of time. And yet as he works to cover it, it becomes a part of his life…..and eventually it is revealed to be something beautiful and lovely.

This is a picture of life, is it not? The rough edges smoothed, the difficulties we encounter used to transform us and bring lustrous beauty out of struggle. The waiting giving way to newness, sometimes bringing with it resistance but also a joy that cannot be explained away.

God is near and present in times of transition. And it is my prayer that you and I will not disregard this in-between as something to be pushed away or ignored but as a brief pause in life where we allow God to work in our hearts, bringing us in….and under…..and then through.

Grace and peace.

But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. “For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…. Isaiah 43:1-3a, NASB

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose trust is the LORD“For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8, NASB

 

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Jennifer Thorson is a pastor’s wife and mother of four, who realizes that it’s the grace of God that carries her through each day, giving her joy in this journey through motherhood! Her goal at The Purposeful Mom is to equip and encourage other women to trust in that grace and embrace motherhood purposefully, without the pressure to be perfect.

Chalk Paint Hutch

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Y’all. I am so, so excited to share this post with you today. I might be a little giddy. I painted a gorgeous hutch that my grandfather made for my family with CHALK PAINT and it turned out beautifully!!

I want to share some pictures with you, the supplies I used, how different types of paints worked and how the whole process went.

So many folks LOVE the Annie Sloan chalk paint, however, I can get the Amy Howard brand very locally to me, and because I’m in a tiny town I wanted to purchase it here if possible.

Amy Howard Chalk Paint

Supplies Used

  • Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint (Linen, 32 0z.) (the blue color I used was Nottoway)
  • Amy Howard at Home Light Antique Wax – 3.25oz. (I put a layer of the light over the entire piece)
  • Amy Howard at Home Dark Antique Wax – 3.25oz. (I used the dark for distressing)
  • The WHITE paint I used was from Lowe’s! They have a brand new chalk paint line out now! I couldn’t find a link to it anywhere, but the cans are very similar sizes to the other brands of chalk paint I have seen.
  • Old t-shirt to rub wax on hutch (the paint cans say to use a brush just for wax, but I felt like a t-shirt got it covered better)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Huge drop cloth 🙂
  • Hardware — I did get new hardware for my piece, I ordered it from Lowe’s and it was not in by the time I took my first few pictures of the hutch.

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Steps to Using Chalk Paint

First and foremost — NO SANDING REQUIRED — y’all, if I had to do sanding, I would not have completed (or even started) this project. I loathe sanding. Hate it. I did not do absolutely one bit of sanding on this project.

That said, I have *read* in other places, if you have a highly GLOSSY piece of furniture, you will want to just rough it up a bit. I haven’t had to do that, but you might give it a try if your piece is glossy.

My steps are really simple:

  1. Purchase paint (I got mine locally, also look online.)
  2. Turn paint upside down up to 1 hour before using it. Shake well.
  3. Stir vigorously with paint stick.
  4. Begin painting!
  5. Give entire piece one coat. Give 30 minutes up to an hour to dry.
  6. It’s ok if you can still see wood through your piece. Some people want to leave it this way. But you can also do another coat.
  7. 2nd coat of chalk paint — my 2nd coat covered all the wood that was seen through the first layer.
  8. After paint is dry, I used a rag and rubbed the entire piece with the wax mentioned above.
  9. After the layer of light wax, I used a TINY amount of the darker wax in a FEW places to give it a distressed look. I LOVE using the wax to distress!! It is so much easier than sanding, which is what I used on a previous piece with milk paint.
  10. Sit back and ADMIRE your gorgeous piece of furniture.

 

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While working on this post my handles came in from Lowe’s! Yay!

Chalk Paint Hutch with Handles

Comparing Milk Paint and Chalk Paint

I painted an antique dresser and a wooden chair with milk paint in the past!

Milk paint and chalk paint are VERY SIMILAR. Neither require sanding. Both covered the furniture so well and chip/distressed nicely.

If I had to state a difference it would be that the milk paint isn’t as thick and spreads further, lasts longer. The chalk paint is much thicker (with the adhesive in the paint.) Now, I still got the ENTIRE hutch painted with ONE can of blue and ONE can of white. However, we didn’t paint the inside and ran out of paint, so I would have needed more for the inside if I didn’t want to be lazy and just leave the inside unpainted. 🙂

Have you ever used chalk paint or milk paint before? Tell me about your experience! 

 

Waiting Builds Faith

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40 Day Devotional on Waiting on God

Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I sat and waited to get off the phone. I sat and listened as my mom retold me things from our previous conversation from the other day.  She could hardly be blamed for repetition. Life was focused on recovery from brain surgery to remove a tumor. I listened to her and waited once again.  I waited for her recovery to end so I could have my mom back. Selfish thoughts of finally going on the weekend getaway we planned together after recovery were interrupted by “Richele, I should let you go.” 

I hung up but I couldn’t quite shake the feeling of her words. Her voice cracked when she said, “Richele, I should let you go.” Was I crazy or did that sound more than letting me go from a phone conversation? I didn’t know it then but these words and the sound of her voice would be replayed in my mind countless times. These were the last words she spoke to me. 

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The call came early on a Sunday morning. We rushed to the hospital to wait. Wait for miraculous recovery or death. The doctors were clear that she would never wake from her coma. But they were wrong. She would wake up in Heaven within 12 short hours. 

My mother used to say her life was spent waiting. She waited for people to change. She waited for circumstances to change. She waited for a diagnosis. She waited for answers. Now, she was waiting to meet her Savior. 

It is an odd feeling to wait for someone to die. A dark part of my heart thought it would be easier if the waiting was over. I was wrong. It wasn’t easier. Now, I waited to get through the funeral. 

A year later, I began to experience anxiety. I waited for the day to end only to begin another day set on replay. I waited for God to remove the noose of fear from around my neck. 

During these periods of waiting, I wondered why God didn’t step in sooner. Why must I wait for His love to bind my wounds and turn ashes into beauty? 

Abraham waited until he was 100 years old to have a son.

Moses waited 40 years in the desert.

David was on the run for 8 years.

Waiting builds our faith and intimacy with God. During times of waiting we learn to depend on God. Our patience is strengthening and we begin to understand long suffering. If we aren’t careful we will miss it. We will be insistent that time on our knees has been wasted. We will look to ourselves or an outside source to find immediate relief. 

God used family to express His love while I waited in my mom’s hospital room.

God showed me that I needed only Him to find relief from anxiety. 

I never felt God so present in my life as during the waiting periods. During times of trial it isn’t that God is more present it is that we seek Him and realize He has always been there. He uses the waiting periods to refine us and transform our character; to make us more like Him. 


Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. -Psalm 27:14

When you find yourself in one of life’s many waiting rooms, do not lose hope nor think God has stopped listening. Use this time to rest in His arms and allow Him to fill you with strength and wisdom. During my time of wait, I spent in the Word and praying. Intimacy and dependence on God grew along with a feeling of overwhelming love. These feelings were not immediate but grew with time as I surrendered my heart and will. 


Don’t spend your time watching the clock. While you wait, spend your time with God and He will guide you to a place of rest and then you will emerge victorious. 
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Richele is a homeschooling mom with on the job training in grading math, teaching phonics, and cleaning up glitter, in between making dinner and folding laundry. Her desire to encourage moms led her to create the blog, Under the Golden Apple Tree. Her dreams of hex color codes and love of fonts led to her to create her design business, Crisp Apple Design.

 

 

 

 

 

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Waiting Well

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I have been a Christian ever since I can remember and it seems much of the time I have been waiting on God…for something.   God seems pretty intentional in this area.

When we are young, we wait for Him to reveal what our future will look like, who we will marry, how many kids we will have, where we will live and what our lives will be like.

Over the years, I have waited on the Lord through the birth of eight babies, 5 miscarriages, 3 grand babies (including the loss of one at birth) and many changes and moves.

All that to say, I truly believe that it is in these times of waiting that God does some of His greatest and deepest work.

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Our youngest child was born with a major heart defect that had to be corrected with a 6 hour open heart surgery at 3 days old.  This was followed by complicatons that stumped the doctors.  Silas lay in an isolette with dozens of tubes coming out of him and we were unable to hold him for weeks.

During that time I drove an hour each day to the hospital leaving our 7 other small children home with my husband or in other’s care.  At night I would drive home, leaving our newborn in the hands of people I really didn’t know, hoping that he would live for me to see again when I returned the next day.  I cried both ways. My heart ached.  I prayed constantly.  This went on for 2 full months. But never had I felt the presence of God so strongly.

There were moments when I felt like God was telling me to simply “give Silas” back to Him fully and completely, which meant I had to say out loud that I was willing to let him go and let God take him.  Every time that happened and I did this, God would whisper back, “I’m not going to take him, but you are going to have to be patient and TRUST me.”  I had no idea what that would look like, but there was grace in the moment.

We were waiting for answers.  We were waiting for a miracle.  We finally got it.  The doctors did another surgery to fix what they were guessing the problem COULD be and it worked.  We got to take Silas home after 2 months and he is a healthy, happy 10 year old now.

What God showed me during that time was that HE had every detail of Silas’ mysterious condition FULLY under His control.  There was nothing out of the scope of His hands.  HE would be honored and glorified through it all.  And He was.

I also learned that I had a choice in how I could respond to what God had laid in front of me.   I could:   1.) RESIST; I could fight Him inwardly and outwardly.  2.) RESIGN;  I could resign myself to these circumstances I had been dealt, but my heart would, in essence, be bitter and resentful.  Outwardly I might look obedience, but inwardly, I would be in rebellion.  Or 3.) EMBRACE;  I could fully and completely embrace this difficult time, unabashedly trusting in a God who I believed was good and sovereign and who would work everything out for my good and His glory.  I could embrace the grace that was mine to walk through this fire.  I could walk by faith and not by sight.

I believe that I could have responded any of these three ways and it wouldn’t have changed Silas’ outcome.  But what a loss it would have been for my heart, for my relationship with God, and for my faith.

While we are waiting, it feels as though God is doing nothing.  I have learned that, often, that is when God is doing the MOSTIt is a work that is so deep and so holy that it sometimes cannot be comprehended and often is left unnoticed.  It is a work done in the secret places.  It brings healing to the areas of our hearts that we never knew were there and never knew were so deeply in need.  It is an eternal work.

And so, learning to wait well is not only a discipline in patience, but, more importantly, a discipline in REAL faith.  It’s where the reality of the Gospel becomes tangible.  Where we believe that God loved us enough to send His Son, not only to die for us, but to rise again, conquering sin and death and handing us the keys to victory.

Waiting well is waiting in TRUST (Prov. 3:5,6), it’s waiting in FAITH, being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). It’s banking on the fact that God is good…ALL THE TIME.

Here is a poem that I cling to when I find myself in another season of waiting:

WAIT!

By Russell Kelfer

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried

Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.

I plead and I wept for a clue to my fate,

And the Master so gently said,

“Child, you must wait”.

“Wait?

You say, wait!”  my indignant reply.

“Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!

Is Your hand shortened?

Or have you not heard?

By Faith, I have asked, and am claiming your Word.

My future and all to which I can relate

Hangs in the balance, and

YOU tell me to WAIT?

I’m needing a ‘yes’,

A go-ahead sign,

Or even a ‘no’ to which i can resign.

And Lord, I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:

I’m weary of asking!

I need a reply!”

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate

As my Master replied once again,

“You must wait.”

So, I slumped in my chair,

Defeated and taut and grumbled to God,

“So, I’m waiting…for what?”

He seemed, then, to kneel,

And His eyes wept with mine,

And He tenderly said,

“I could give you a sign.

I could shake the heavens,

And darken the sun.

I could raise the dead, and

Cause mountains to run.

All you seek, I could give, and pleased you would be.

You would have what you want –

But you wouldn’t know Me.

You’d not know the depth of My love for each Saint;

You’d not know the power that I give to the Faint;

You’d not learn to see through the clouds of Despair;

You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m There’

You’d not know the joy of resting in Me

When darkness and silence were all you could See.

You’d never experience that fullness of Love

As the peace of My Spirit descends like a Dove;

You’d know that I give and I save…for a Start

But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My Heart.

The glow of My comfort late into the Night,

The faith that I give when you walk without Sight,

The depth that’s beyond getting just what you Asked

Of an infinite God, who makes what you have LAST.

You’d never know, should your pain quickly Flee,

What it means that “My grace is sufficient for Thee.”

Yes, your dreams for your loved one overnight would come True,

But, Oh, the loss!  If I lost what I’m doing in You!

So, be silent, My Child, and in time you will See

That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.

And though oft’ may My answers seem terribly Late,

My most precious answer of all is still, “Wait.’

 

Yellow striped profileDurenda Wilson has been very happily married to Darryl for 25 years and been homeschooling for 20 years. They have eight awesome kids, 5 boys and 3 girls. Two are married, one is in college and the rest are still at home. Durenda is also a Nana to three cuties! She writes for her own blog, Simple Nourishing Home, for The Busy Mom and Hip Homeschool Moms. She is painfully aware that she can’t “do it all”, she really doesn’t want to and is realizing that her kids are going to be ok anyway. Her passion is simplifying, being authentic and inspiring moms to homeschool and mother in freedom and joy.  You can find her at her blog, Simple Nourishing Home, on Facebook at Simple Nourishing Home, Twitter @DurendaWilson and Instagram at durendaleewilson

New Facebook Page!

Guess what? After 8-9 years of blogging I have finally created a Facebook page for this blog! I wanted to be sure and tell you about it so you can head over and “like” it!

Join me on Facebook, my hope is to share more encouragement and resources from all over the web for growing our faith and prayer lives! So often I find things from around the web that I would love to share with you, and this will be a fabulous way to do that!

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