Daniel: Day 17

God’s Perfect Timing

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Today's Text: Daniel 9:1-27, 1 Kings 9:6-9, Ephesians 2:1-5

When I was fourteen, I fancied myself an actress. To prepare for my future in the theatre I attended every play I could. But I grew up in rural Michigan, so the plays I could attend were mostly just other school productions.

One especially unfortunate night I sat through a ragged performance of “The Pajama Game.” After two acts of awkward silences, off-key solos, and one actor with a very inappropriate interpretation of Factory Worker #2, the lights came up and I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I could cross this musical off my list and go home!

But no one else left. There was more musical to go. So very much more. I had to sit in that hot gymnasium on hard bleachers and subject myself to another painful hour of bleating song and dance.

Have you ever thought something terrible was almost over, but it was only just beginning? It’s such a sinking feeling.

This is just what happened to Israel. Daniel and the Israelites were in exile in Babylon, but as Daniel read through the history of Jeremiah he found this great part: “When 70 years for Babylon are complete, I will attend to you and will confirm My promise concerning you to restore you to this place” (Jeremiah 29:10). Daniel did some quick math: YES! The seventy years are almost over! Our exile is coming to an end! We get to go home! Huzzah!

But then Daniel did a little looking around and thinking. What was the purpose of this exile? Why did God let Babylon capture us?

It’s the same old reason, isn’t it? The same thing that got them into trouble last time, the same thing that gets us into trouble— grimy, sinful hearts.

The purpose of the exile was for God’s people to get their act together—to repent, pray, and confess— only, they weren’t doing that. On the whole, Israel was still in the same rut that got them sent into exile in the beginning. But the seventy years were almost over! What if they hadn’t learned their lesson yet?

They had not. The lesson of repentance is one we are still learning to this day. But Daniel was convicted by God’s Word, so he prayed, confessed, and interceded for God’s people. That is exactly what should happen when we read God’s Word! The Bible redirects us to truth and drives us to prayer.

Let this be our response every time we read God’s word: pray.

God heard Daniel’s prayer and He answered with a promise: I will restore Israel in my perfect time. Seven is the number of fulfillment and completion. God was preparing the way for both the judgment of the wicked and also the coming salvation—Jesus!

Our God is always at work in all of time, space, and history. When it seems to us that the timing is wrong, or something is taking too long—like that horrible musical, or an exile in Babylon, or a hard relationship, or a lingering sickness—remember: God is always at work and His timing is right.

Our impatience with God’s timing throughout history is well-documented and epic. And God’s timing is still perfect. He doesn’t need us to approve, but in the midst of our waiting, He invites us to pray, confess, and repent.

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  • The Lord always gives us good biscuits while we wait for dinner to be served :)

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  • Michelle of LA CA

    "And God’s timing is still perfect. He doesn’t need us to approve, but in the midst of our waiting, He invites us to pray, confess, and repent."
    Amen to this , thank you
    michelle c

  • I never really consider that when I wasn’t hearing God that maybe I was in a kind of exile pushing me to prayer. Very enlightening thought.

  • jessiechatchat

    Also, I’m so fascinated by the “for your sake, Lord”. Is Daniel appealing to God’s reputation? Or God’s heart, which must yearn for reunification? Or?

    • Chelsea

      That phrase is used in other parts of the Bible too, like Psalm 23, and I was always confused by it until my pastor did a sermon on psalm 23. He explained it as meaning “not based on the stuff I’ve done, but because of your grace, God, will you save me” and it seems like that holds true here as well

  • jessiechatchat

    This the year that I finally realized that life is not the “moments” but in the waiting between. How I learn and pray and conduct myself while queueing up in a sometimes endless line. It’s so anti Instagram-worthy. But God! There is beauty in these moments, up in the middle of the night with my baby (waiting for her to grow), with my husband (who’s waiting for a new job opportunity), etc. This is life and it is beautiful. With a “can’t wait for this to be over” attitude, sitting on a beach in Belize would be a bummer. Still, I have to learn and relearn this! Also, patience isn’t merely waiting for God’s timing. Everyone has to do that! Patience is waiting with a little gracefulness.

  • Sarah_Olsen

    I read HRT and they made an awesome statement. “Daniel is able to pray—and you are able to pray in this way—not because of who you are, but because of who God is. He is a God of great mercy.”
    Amen!!

  • I’m so challenged by Daniel’s intercession for Israel. Even though He was a Godly man and obeyed God’s laws, he ‘took’ on and identified himself with the people and their sin. He mourned and repented as one of them. I find this powerful.

  • Sarah_Olsen

    God is always at work, He has perfect timing, and He always comes through. Amen! Even more so, our God answers our prayers and guides us through life. Open our ears and listen, open our eyes and see, open our hearts and receive.

  • churchmouse

    I love what the Scriptures saywhen Gabriel came to Daniel – that at the beginning of Daniel’s pleas for mercy, “a word went out.” Gabriel had made “swift flight” to Daniel, no doubt sent by God the moment Daniel started praying. Does this not compel us to simply pray?! So often I think about concerns, or I worry about things, or I vent or lament… But God acts swiftly when I PRAY. When I intercede and plea for mercy. Oh. My. Feeling convicted today.

    • Emily

      This really stood out to me too! I take great comfort in knowing that as soon as I start to pray, an answer is given! I sent this to my friend who’s mom had her gal bladder removed yesterday and most likely has cancer. Please intercede on her behalf as she is not a believer and this may be a good opportunity for her daughter to lead her to Christ.

    • Emily

      Rejoicing with you today! That is amazing news!

  • Hi ladies,
    I’m reaching out to ask for prayer, specifically that God will send someone that I can talk to, pray with, receive good sound biblical advice from regarding my marriage and just life in general. I have no one. Well, I have lots of awesome ladies in my life, but they love me so much and I’m afraid that if I am honest with them about some of the things going on in my marriage they won’t be able to give me unbiased support and counsel, and may even encourage me to leave. I don’t want that.

    I have entered into a different season in my life. Going through a divorce a few years ago, I remarried a couple years ago and we dove into “marital bliss” and our newly blended family head first. A blended family brings about its own set of unique challenges to say the least, but I feel like the most serious issues are in the marriage itself. I thought my husband was a Christian man, but the more I learn about him the more I see that The Spirit doesn’t seem to be evident in him….anywhere. There were certainly red flags in the beginning, ones that I chose to dismiss as little “hang-ups” that now prove to be more like the tip of the iceberg. I don’t feel like I’m in any physical danger, just more subject to mental abuse and manipulation than anything else. I love my husband, and I don’t want to quit. I just need some prayer warriors to lift me (and him) and our marriage up. My husband knows Christ is the way and professes it to be so, but his heart is far from Him. He needs a heart change, and My God can do it. Please pray that Christ will continue to soften my heart for my husband as well and give me the endurance and the grace to love him like He does, and that my husband has such an encounter with God that he can’t help but be changed! God knows the desires of my heart, and furthermore promises to give me that if only I delight in Him. Please pray for me.

    • Tina

      Praying right now! Praying that God sends the right person into your life to be that confidant and mentor that you need. Praying he gives you a sense of boldness if you are to step out and ask someone specific to be that person in your life (I had to do this!). Also, check with your church if they have any mentorship programs set up or can recommend anyone for you. And remember, it's up to God to change his heart, and there is nothing you can do about him and his actions, the only person you can change is YOU. So try to focus more on how you can fulfill your duty as a Godly wife, what that looks like, and the strength and patience to live it out. I find that the more I'm in line with what the Lord calls me to do and my relationship is in a right place with Him, that my husband can't help but be affected and I see changes in him. Funny how that works out. ;)

      • D

        Thank you girls! So much, more than you know. I appreciate your advice and your prayers! Just to know someone else is praying for me is tremendous comfort.

        • Cortina

          Behind in the study, but praying for your hubby as I pray the same prayer for my hubby- that they would have an encounter with the LORD in such a way that they cannot deny him, a Demascus Road type of encounter!

    • Sarabeth

      Praying for you, D, and your marriage. Praying that God will give you wisdom to know what to do and the strength to keep on praying and fighting for your marriage and husband. I also pray that His peace and hope will flood for heart, mind, and soul and that His presence will be felt.

    • Shannon

      I will join you in prayer, sister. Grace and peace to you during the wait. God is always at work. Praying and believing for your husband and marriage.

  • He is nearer than near, walking every step, lulling every tear! His timing is perfect because He knows all, sees all and is with us IN ALL!

    9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;

    He knows where and when we have strayed yet His mercy is ceaseless, He understands our swaying hearts and is ever gracious in forgiving.

    We need only to BE STILL and KNOW!

    Place His provision, guidance, and unyielding love at the throne of our minds and hearts, letting no worry, doubt nor fear claim dominion…that is trusting in Him!

    Praise be and due unto He the Almighty!

  • Hannah_brooke

    Just what I needed to hear! This goes along with the devotional for Daniel Day 2 in a way, where we were reading in Jeremiah about the false prophet who promised the restoration of Israel in 2 years, but God knew the hearts of the Israelites, and He knew it would take 70 years for them to see, and that this was His perfect timing. As someone who has been struggling with illness myself for several years, this came at a perfect time of learning to let go, and trust that God will help me get better in His time, and that I can sit at His feet and learn what He has for me to learn right now.

  • Sharla McVea

    This is such a wonderful message that applies in so many contexts! I needed to hear this message today. My wonderful sweetheart and I are looking to buy a home. Due to the nature of his work he has to live within a certain distance of work and the house has to have certain amenities to accommodate a K9…we live in a little town…it’s hard to find the perfect home in our price range. There are VERY FEW options. One home popped up 3 days ago and it’s perfect! However our offer is competing against 9 other offers!!!! We find out today if our offer was accepted or not, and I have been using this time to teach my children about Gods purpose and plan for us as a family! My children have been praying that we get this house, but that if its not in Gods will for us to live here, then we trust that the Lord or God will bring us to the perfect home for us according to him will and plan!

    If we get this house then YAY!!!! My family will praise and be thankful. If not, then I have an opportunity to incorporate the lesson of ‘Gods perfect timing!’ This message was a great reminder for me to not only teach about Gods plan for us, but also timing…and I can also use it as a way to help encourage my man, who is very slowly losing heart with this process!!

    And that’s just ONE life scenario!!! Anyone else have another? Id love to hear about them and pray for you!

    • Tina

      This was us last year – very similar scenario! We actively looked for a year, put numerous offers on houses, one particularly we thought would be absolutely perfect for us. We offered the asking price to have it in the bag, but you know what? So did someone else, and they got it. We were crushed beyond crushed. We had to be in a certain price range also, very difficult in our area and to stay the distance we needed to be in for hubby's work. We also had a looming timeline of needing to be out of our current rental, and we had a baby on the way! I kept praying for each home, each offer, for specifics on what we needed. We were convinced there was nothing, it was going to be impossible, and now the seemingly perfect home was gone. We had no desire to keep looking, and the baby was due to come just a few weeks later. Well, God knew better. I prayed for specifics for our home…nothing perfectly fit the bill, but seemed like good compromises or something we could work on one we got in there. But then another home pooped up on the market, and it fit all the criteria we were looking for. We weren't ecstatic about it like the last one, but it seemed good enough and had what we needed. It needed the least work before move in then the other homes we saw, and God KNEW that…and it still took 3mos of my husband working almost daily at the house to get it move-in ready (praise God for a handy husband!). We closed when our second child was just 2 weeks old, God sure did cut it close with timing! But…it's perfect for us. My first son is flourishing and plays out in the yard while my husband is working out there, God answered the specifics I requested (he cares about the details!), and though my husband being here for months working with a new baby at home was HARD, we managed and are so grateful that God closed the doors on those other homes that needed MORE work. And…to just confirm it more: I have my teaching degree and it has been my hope to one day when the boys are in school, to teach at the local Christian school. Well, turns out our realtor's BIL is the pastor there and lives in our neighborhood! Who knows what will happen down the road, but I love how God perfectly fits the pieces into the puzzle with his perfect timing and perfect plans for our lives. All this to say, if this home turns out to fall through for you, don't give up hope! Keep praying and trusting God to provide exactly what you need at the exact perfect time (HIS perfect timing), he knows what's best. For all you know, this home has issues you are unaware about, and he could be saving you from that mess. But if he does bless you with it, then congratulations!! And praise him because he's our great provider. The waiting is hard and often discouraging, but when things seem impossible, that's when God really likes to show off! ;)

  • Needed this today.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Thanks for joining us, Ellie! Praying for you today, friend.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Lord God you know my impatient heart. I think I know the right timing..
    Oh but God , thank you for your word… for being redirected through the reading of Daniel to your truth.
    Thank you for the reminder to go to you in pray. I trust you and know that you are always working and that YOUR timing is perfect!
    Father forgive me for my impatience , for my lack of trust. Change my heart, draw me closer to you.

  • Skimming the comments reminds me that most all of us have some season of waiting or exile in our life..and it seems most of us would prefer to be "doers" and do ourselves out of it. Thank you for this timely reminder that my response should be to pray, confess, and repent.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Kristi, thanks for posting today! I agree that I am tempted to be a \”doer.\” Grateful for His timing and your encouragement today!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Daniel 9: 22 O Daniel, I am now come forth to give you skill and wisdom and understanding.

    This is my prayer today. I need skill, wisdom and understanding!

  • This was a very comforting passage for me today, as my dad has been having a frustratingly long recovery from his cancer stem cell transplant. Our family, especially him, is growing weary, and the prolonged recovery can be disheartening. But I pray we will all find comfort in the knowledge that God is always always always at work, even when we don't understand the "why" behind His perfect timing. Please pray for my dad, Chris, as he continues to slowly recover from his stem cell transplant!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Praying for you and your family, Alex. Praying that God would bring comfort and healing.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • The Lord knew I needed to hear this, I will have faith. Amen

  • I'm struggling to understand God's timing in my life.

    I am a teacher and have been so for many years. I was blessed to job share last year. The job share part was a struggle, but it allowed me more time with my family. This year, I returned to full time status. I work with a wonderful group of children, for which I'm grateful, and I even look forward to the school day – a feeling that was missing for many years.

    Still, I miss my family. I come home tired and lack the strength or desire to nurture my family or myself.

    I pray for guidance, patience and understanding as I wait on God's timing.

    • shereadstruth

      Praying for you today, Amy. Asking that God would be close to you in this time of waiting. Grateful His timing is perfect even when we don't understand! Blessings to you, friend. Those kids sure are lucky to have you as a teacher!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • scootermae

    I had a pastor that use to say 'God is rarely early but never late'. His timing is perfect! I always think to the analogy of the cross stitch project. From the underside it looks like a big mess, but how beautiful the top side is. It does not always look pretty from our view and we don't understand, but He sees the bigger picture.

  • The reading today brought to mind this song, which is my prayer…I so need to come, pray, confess and repent and trust in Him!

    Lord, I come, I confess
    Bowing here, I find my rest
    Without You, I fall apart
    You’re the One that guides my heart
    Lord, I need You
    Oh, I need You
    Every hour I need You
    My one defense
    My righteousness
    Oh, God how I need You
    Where sin runs deep
    Your grace is more
    Where grace is found, is where You are
    Where You are, Lord I am free
    Holiness is Christ in me
    Yes, where You are, Lord I am free
    Holiness is Christ in me

    Read more: Matt Maher – Lord I Need You Lyrics | MetroLyrics

    • Sarabeth

      I love this song. The waiting and praying calls me to be dependent on God. Thank you for reminding me of this song.

  • MNmomma (heather)

    In His timing……those words have carried me through a lot of seasons in my life. The thing is….as much as I would never choose to go thru those seasons by choice, I can look back and CLEARLY see that He was with me, every step of the way. I would not be the woman I am today if I had not experienced all that I have. I pray that all that I do glorify His name…..including walking thru the dark valleys and seasons….feeling blessed beyond measure this morning <3

  • Thankful that’s it’s always HIS timing and never mine!

    • shereadstruth

      Amen, Bethany! Relieved I'm not the author of my story for sure :) Blessings to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Repent pray confess! That is what my family needs!

  • So thankful for His timing — even when i don’t seem to be at the time. Amen?

  • These waiting times are exhausting and despairing… and long. After a year, I feel no closer to knowing His way in this. Every part of me says, “Try harder!” But when I look to God and His character, I don’t think this is what He desires of me. Ugh, I am so human.
    Pray, confess, repent… I feel I do this continually. But i feel the life He wants to offer me is so far away and sometimes nonexistent. I’ve thrown myself in my own exile, and It’s hard not to want to give up. But worse is the alternative of not trying at all. A life without Him is no life at all. And so I keep moving toward Him. In desperation. In an ebbing and flowing of hope.
    Sorry for the lament, ladies. I know His timing is perfect but sometimes it’s so hard to believe. I just want to ‘do!’ but I feel my ‘do’ direction is broken leaving me feeling aimless and uncertain. I don’t understand His purpose in this. It’s counter to His call to love and serve. I want to be an instrument of His love, but do not understand why He is so silent in guiding me forward.
    Today, I choose to trust in Him. Even when it doesn’t make sense, I know that He is God and He is good and His timing is perfect.

    • Shannon H

      Praying this morning for you Beverly….particularly Philippians 4:16-18….may the peace of God which passes all understanding guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Joining you in prayer this morning Beverly….

    • Amy J

      Your words speak to me, Beverly. I am also at a place of struggle, trying to understand His purpose in my life.

      Praying for you…

    • HelenWalksinAwe

      Praying for you Beverly, and relating to your struggle so deeply!

      Two things that I have been reflecting on in my own life that might be helpful to you, or at least something to think about:
      1- I can't out-work God, no matter how much I want to do the work. I'm like you– very action oriented. But sometimes reflecting on how much more powerful God is helps me release some of my need to act and do. … at least for five minutes until I get too twitchy to sit skill.
      2- Mindfulness and being in the moment helps me, too. I studied this for years and it's been a process to slow myself down and be able to access that mindfulness regularly, but it's been worth it. And it helps me remember that God has given me each moment for a reason. When I slow down and try to be in each moment, I feel closer to Him and more able to see ways in which He is constantly offering me peace and beauty to experience if only I'm willing to be open to the experience.

      • Beverly

        Grateful for your thoughts and prayers, Helen. Reflecting on who He is, yes! And being present – I have a braille necklace which reads, "Be Present" and is such a great reminder whenever I wear it. :) Saying a prayer for you too, sister.

    • Madison

      Beverly- pray “Lord I believe, help my unbelief” You are in my prayers!

    • CJ

      I’m right there with ya Beverly. In a way my own life reflects the Israelites in the desert wondering around wondering why am I here? Why is it always so dry, and why am I always so thirsty.. Easy to give up and try to make things happen on my own.. In comes the pruning shears.. I love you so much Jesus.. Pray, repent, confess… Draws me closer to Him.. Only His Grace is sufficient, sustaining, and meets my Daily needs. Praying for the peace of Jesus for our daily needs and to be obedient, trusting that His timing is always perfect.. Look up… the sun is shining in our hearts sisters… Praise God who gives all good things for our souls, and for his purposes. Now, look straight ahead and know, he will never leave us, and always equips us to be His reflection.. No matter where we are…
      Blessings to all today… HE IS

      • Beverly

        Thank you for your thoughts, CJ. Look up… look straight ahead and know… love these directions! Grateful for your words.

    • Jess

      Beverly… My heart aches and wonders with you today! My exile of my own waiting has been long. I am tired of waiting. I am tired of continually confessing, repenting and seeking. I just want to see Him act in my life restoring me and taking away my brokenness. But still the answer is wait. Just yesterday my heart felt so angry and lost. The “why God?” Thoughts were strong. It’s so hard to keep trusting when you KNOW that He has the power to bring you out of exile and yet in His wisdom He does not. Oh the mystery of faith! The mystery of His Will! God give me the strength to love and trust you when everything is screaming in me to give up and lose hope. Give me faith in the long dry seasons.

      • Beverly

        Jess, your words echo my own heart. To know, but feel so far off… is the worst. But I know that He is bringing us closer to Him, redeeming us, refining us in all this – and will restore us. We are fighting to seek Him with our whole heart. Saying a prayer for you now, sister. Praying your prayer of strength and faith over us both.

  • My husband has been unemployed since May. In his profession, there is only as many positions for his "specialty area" as there are hospitals in an area, thus his jobs take him away from home. We are blessed in the fact that God has allowed us to plan ahead and not having his income for these few months have not impacted us financially that much. However, it has had a tremendous impact on his self-esteem, not having found a job as quickly as he would have liked. God's timing is not always our timing, and it is extremely difficult to wait for His timing.
    While he has been off, we have enjoyed a full summer together since I am a teacher. We have spent hours with our grandson, our children, and extended family that we would not have been able to do if he was away working. And because of his unemployment, he was able to be there with me when my mom had a massive stroke, and we almost lost her. God allowed him to support me and help me when I needed him most.
    God's timing may be difficult to wait for, but God can and will use those times we wait for our growth and for our good.

    • Candacejo

      Beautiful words! Praying God's perfect timing in your situation ♥

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Isn't it amazing how He works…….blessings to you both!

    • Amy J

      Grateful for God's timing in your life, and for you sharing today.

      I'm also a teacher. I returned to the classroom two weeks ago. This week has been a tiring and anxious one. I'm grateful for the students with whom I'm allowed to work, but I miss my summer and its moments of peace. My self-esteem is not impacted (thanks be to God), but I am confused by God's timing. I pray that I have the strength to wait.

    • shereadstruth

      Thanks for sharing your waiting story, Sheila! Grateful God's hands are all over it! Blessings to you today, friend.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Kelly_Smith

    The waiting is when I have my eyes most firmly fixed on my God. I think of the way my dog waits with anticipation when I pick up the leash. He knows it is coming and he can hardly sit still because he is so excited. But he makes himself wait right there, afraid to miss it if he turns to the right or the left. So it is with me and God. I know deliverance is coming. I know blessing is coming. So I sit, eyes fixed on my Master and wait.

  • Today's devotional reminded me of a new Hillsong United song that has been speaking to my heart recently. It's called Say The Word…the key line is "all that I am with all creation is hanging on every word that you've spoken, it will not be shaken. Clinging for life to all you promise, hanging on every word that you say" I love it because sometimes in the midst of the trials and chaos of life that's exactly what it feels like, clinging, holding on firmly with no intention of letting go because we need his word for life and living.

    See song here for those interested: http://youtu.be/lii3zMAOdnA

  • Caroline @ In due time

    There is so much peace and freedom in the wait when we know he never delays! His timing is perfect! Although I don’t understand it, I continue to trust that HE know! Enjoying the wait as I know that He already know the minute it will be over!!!! Our waiting rooms our Gods workrooms

    http://Www.in-due-time.com

  • Abby Grisham

    I love this:

    We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.”
    ‭‭Daniel‬ ‭9:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    http://bible.com/111/dan.9.18.niv

  • Candacejo

    God's timing is perfect but it is rarely ours. I have shared on here before about my son and DIL's infertility struggle. Many have seen the video they did last year telling their story. Well, today, after 13 years of marriage and 10 years of trying…they have a different story! A true miracle from God! They are going to have a little one coming April 3, 2016! We are all beside ourselves to say the least. I'm gonna be a grandma! ♥ You can read about the miracle here if you like. It is bringing hope to so many. http://www.hopeinthehealing.com/2015/08/30/for-th

    But concerning His timing and answer to prayer, consider this: Maybe God is more concerned with my salvation than my comfort. The Bible doesn’t say He came to give us everything we want but He came to seek and to save that which was lost.

    If He is really our God and really in control, maybe the miracle isn’t really the miracle at all. Many times people only look for what they can put in their pocket, everyone getting along, all of the planets aligning just as we need them to in our perfect world. We think that is the miracle; getting what we want.

    But maybe sometimes we need to just trust Him IN the place that we find ourselves, in the here and now, where He needs us.

    And ultimately, maybe our difficulty would be a testimony to others and strength to them in their weakness.

    Even we do not understand why after all of these years He said, "yes, it's time." when we were told there was a 0% chance of ever having a baby. We don't always understand when He says, "No" or "Wait" or "It's just not time.." but we sit back and trust knowing He works things for our good. All the time.

    Blessed Wednesday friends. ♥

    • JessicaLoves___

      What wonderful news, Nannette! So happy for you and the whole family. Praise be to God!

    • Zuriel

      Thanks for sharing! My husband and I will have been married for 14 years this December. Perhaps this will be our year! But, if not, God is still good. :-)

      • scootermae

        Will be praying for you Zuriel. So thankful that regardless of how God will answer your hearts desire, you still realize that God is good.

      • Candacejo

        Oh Zuriel, I don't think I knew that! I will shift my prayers to you dear one…for God's perfect timing and His perfect will. ♥

        • Zuriel

          Thank you! I am so excited for your family! Congratulations! What a blessing for that child to know how much she was prayed for and loved long before she was born.

    • Kelly_Smith

      Congratulations! What a beautiful story!!

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Congratulations!!!!

    • scootermae

      Congratulations! Thanks for sharing their story. Will add her to my SRT prayer list.

    • Carolyn

      Praise God for the little miracle you will welcome! Praying for a perfect pregnancy for youR dear DIL. I praise Him also for using you to pen those words of wisdom. Such a blessing this morning! I love your ending.."…sit back and trust knowing He works things for our good. All the time."

    • shereadstruth

      Thanks for sharing this today, sweet friend. What a good Father He is!

      Blessings to you, Candacejo.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

      • Candacejo

        Thank you so much Kaitlin. We are so thrilled and trusting Him for all things, thankful for a miracle. ♥

    • tina

      Friend, what exciting news…I dit here tears tolling down my face …..I am overwhelmed, I want yo scream…( you know that OMG kind of scream..lol) I love moments like these when God just shows His awesomeness…
      Congratulations to you all especially the expectant couple…Praying God continue to bless them, every step of the way and beyond…
      Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow…..
      Sending a congratulatory love and hug to all…xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      • Candacejo

        EEEEK!!!! Isn't it crazy? After all these years who would have thought? God is good, no matter what but of course we rejoice with those that rejoice. Thank you for your sweet words. ♥♥♥

    • Leiah

      Thank you so much for sharing! I am new to this community as of today, and your comment really hit home for me. My husband and I are struggling with infertility and the timing is such a hard concept to accept. I will continue to pray and trust. Please know that you have encouraged me with your words and your son's story. Thank you.

      • Candacejo

        Welcome to SRT Leiah! So glad you are here. I will certainly put you on my prayer list, I understand it is hard to understand at times. Trust He always knows what is best for YOU, He loves you more than you know. Just trust Him and His timing. ♥

    • Brendasan01

      Congratulations! Praise the Lord!

  • carlybenson

    It can be hard to wait for God's timing but I think, for me, the times of waiting have often been the times of greatest growth. They have forced me to realise how dependent I am on God, that there is nothing I can do to change the situation or make things happen quicker. They have made me realise that I have to seek God and wait for his timing and try to keep trusting him even when I don't understand. And yes, there have been many times when I have got impatient and even angry and it has been hard to keep going but, looking back, I can see how God has used these times of waiting for good.

    • Elise

      So true! Thanks for the reminder. x

    • Angela

      Amen! Thank you for your thoughts Carly. Having read this, I'm just reminded of the waiting season that I'm in now. Singleness. I am waiting for an explanation from a guy who I really care about who "seems" interested in me. It's been a struggle, since a lot of my friends are in serious relationships with their boyfriends or are getting engaged. Each day that has passed since beginning this season, I have seen myself become more dependent on God. I have brought the issue to Him many times in prayer and will continue to do so. The verse that I've been holding on to during this time is Psalm 107:9, "For he satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness". I trust God and wait on Him because I know that He knows the desires of my heart and will only give me the best, not only for this situation in particular, but any situation that I face.

      • Abby

        I’m right there with you, Angela! Constantly praying to have faith in God’s plan and timing. I’ll say a prayer for you as well this morning!

      • Katie

        Thank you for sharing that verse, Angela! What a hope we have in Him who will never fail.

    • MNmomma (heather)

      so totally and completely true!

    • HelenWalksinAwe

      Thankful for all that blessed growth! And thankful for you posting this reminder. I'm picturing all the plants in my garden still sending out new blossoms and growing new veggies even as the season is winding down.

    • shereadstruth

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Carly! Grateful for God's timing, even when we don't understand it. Blessings to you today!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • What reassurance of God's promise…..I will restore Tina in my perfect time….in my perfect way, in my perfect love….

    I wait Lord.

    I repent, Lord God..

    I pray, Lord….

    I confess….

    Waiting right here for you Lord…in gratitude that you have not forgotten me, that although, it seems like forever, your perfect time is best…praising your mighty name, Lord for everything…in the meantime …Thank you Lord God…Thank you…xxx

    Love and hugs Sisters, Be Absolutely Blessed today….xxx

    • MNmomma (heather)

      praying right along with you this morning! Have a blessed day my dear!

    • Lynda

      I will wait, I confess I repent. Praying with you sisters

  • Stephanie Hibbert

    Today's study reminds me of the hymn referring to Lazarus: "When He's four days late, He is still on time!"

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