Welcome to another Word Art Wednesday. This week I decided to illustrate a quote from a book I’m reading, Wait and See: Finding Peace in God’s Pauses and Plans, by Wendy Pope.
Why I’m reading this book
At the end of September I had a hysterectomy. This was not planned, as I am only 35 years old. However, I had some pre-cancerous cells removed this summer from the lining of my uterus. My doctor recommended the hysterectomy as the cells gave us quite the surprise. I have no family history of uterine cancer. The decision to have a hysterectomy was a tough one as we hoped that one day we could announce a pregnancy. However, we felt the cells were growing at an alarmingly fast rate, so after much time in prayer and seeking godly advice from those closest to us, my husband and I decided to have the hysterectomy. After all, we have been incredibly blessed with our son, and perhaps in the near future we can begin the process of adoption.
While I was home recovering, my good friend and former coworker, Alisa, came by to bring me lunch. We had so much fun eating our gluten-free hoagies and catching up. Alisa is one of those friends who I know will be on her knees in a heartbeat for me. Along with lunch, she brought me Wendy Pope’s book Wait and See: Finding Peace in God’s Pauses and Plans. (affiliate link)
And, by no chance but by God’s perfect timing, a week later I saw a post on Facebook that Proverbs31 Ministry would be using this book for their next Bible study.
Okay, God. I’m listening.
I’m at a place in my life right now where I am waiting. I’ve been making my grand life plans in the back of my head, hoping they align with God’s will for my life. I’ve been waiting for months, if not years, for my plans to come to fruition. And, I’ve been doing it all wrong.
A few of my favorite quotes from Week One
I have never been a wait-and-see kind of girl. Deep down, i am a hurry-up, right-now, please-and-thank-you kind of gal. the word patient does not describe me…Waiting dominated my thoughts as it does for most of us when we’re waiting for the fulfillment of our hopes and dreams. (p.22)
The wait is more about experiencing God than enduring the delay. (p.32)
Too often, we consult the Person of our faith (God) only after we have exhausted our efforts to push through our wait on our own. If we want to be women who wait well, we will invite God to be part of the process at the beginning, setting our focus on the Lord, not that for which we are waiting. (p.34)
…waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under His command. Second, it means readiness for any new command that may come: we pray for His direction. Third, waiting involves the ability to do nothing until the command is given. (p.36)
Wow. Great thoughts.
The Bible study just started, so it’s not too late to join us. We are reading the intro and week one this week, but the ladies at Proverbs31 Ministries have provided the first three chapters free in case you are waiting for your book to come in the mail. Click here for more information on the Bible study.
Illustrating a quote from the introduction
One of the first quotes I read really resonated with me.
Too often I find myself looking forward to the future but forgetting about the present. I’m in a hurry to bypass the now to get to the future. I thought illustrating this quote would serve as a visual reminder for me to experience God now and wait on His perfect timing.
**By the way, I realized AFTER I filmed everything that I left out “to the furture” when I sketched my piece. Oops.**
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Who else is reading Wait and See? What are your thoughts on the Introduction and Chapter 1?