While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
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HOW TO RESPOND WHEN PUT ON HOLD?
Be still before the LORD and wait
patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry
out their wicked schemes. –
Psalm 37: 7 (NIV)
sure you’ve had it happen to you. You call the appliance store and ask for the
service department. “Can you hold?” a cheerful voice asks, and before you know
it you’re hearing music. Every so often a taped message assures you that your
call will be answered. You wait and wait. You think, I could have driven over
there and back by now! You feel forgotten and that nobody cares.
it seems that God has put us on hold. We pray and pray about a matter of
extreme importance, but nothing happens. Nothing!
sure that’s how Hannah felt. She was asking God for a baby. Childlessness was a
curse in her day. To make it worse, her husband’s other wife ridiculed her
mercilessly. Hannah wanted desperately to give her husband a child. She prayed
out of deep pain and bitterness. Yet year after year she did not conceive.
can we reconcile the apparent silence of God to our repeated prayers? Remember
that God’s wisdom surpasses our own. What we’re asking for might harm us. We
can’t see the whole picture. Our timing is not God’s timing.
God puts you “on hold,” don’t grumble. You can entrust your most cherished
longings and desires to Him, and then patiently wait for Him to answer.
we call out to You, O Lord,
And wait for answers to our prayer,
Give us the patience that we need
And help us sense Your love and care. —Sper
By: D. Delay Our family enjoys the fun andrefreshment of water slides and lazy rivers during hot summer vacations. At
most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead
filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
refreshment crashes down on all below! In the Book of Revelation, the Bible
describes golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints
(Revelation 5:8). In other words, the prayers of God's people collectively fill
heavenly bowls with sweet aroma, much like the burnt offerings did in days of
old. In Revelation 8,
we discover what these bowls are used for: "Then another angel, having a
golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter w…