Generation Cedar

This post may sting a little bit, but it’s going to be the best kind of sting!

Let me ask you a question: Do you consider yourself a woman of faith? (You should take a minute and make a few notes about what being a woman of faith looks like to you.)

Now let me ask another question: Do you live like a woman of faith?

I confess that I have considered myself a woman of faith for many years, but lately there is an area where I have not lived like one.

There could be hundreds of ways we do or don’t live like women of faith, but I’m going to challenge you on one

Do you believe in the power of God in your life, and do you wait like a woman who believes?

In Isaiah, we love to quote the verse,

“He that waits on the Lord will renew his strength; he will mount up with wings like eagles; he will run and not grow weary, he will walk and not faint.”

But recently, at a Bible study by a dear friend, I was smacked right between my eyes realizing that I do not live out this verse the way a person of faith ought.

She asked, “Does my hope rise up to meet despair and win?”

Most of us are waiting on something, and that something can easily cause us to despair. If you are despairing while you wait, you are not taking advantage of the power that is yours–you belong to the Creator--the One who called everything out of nothing and who is just as capable of bringing everything you need out of nothing. Do you believe that with God, nothing is impossible?

Are you waiting, while you wring your hands, hoping He will answer? Because that’s not how women of faith are to wait!

Our waiting needs to be an eager anticipation–fully expecting Him to bring all His purposes to fruition in our lives. And that’s how we are to pray. To wrestle. To believe. (“Lord I believe; help my unbelief.”)

When we do that kind of waiting we find our strength renewed, soaring over our problems instead of bogged down by them, walking and running with steady energy.

Where are you despairing? Repent for your lack of faith (Jesus was always looking for faith), take God’s promises to Him like a child, and expect Him to move and discover the enormous peace that comes from that. “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

You may not even see your prayers answered in your lifetime, but you can believe, if you pray according to His will, that they will be answered.

I have despaired many times in waiting for my answer to prayer. I have thrown tantrums and kicked cabinets. (True story. That is not the response of a woman of faith, by the way.) But I am going to seek the spirit of the Psalmist who doesn’t ask “why” as much as he asks, “How long, O Lord” because he truly believes the answer is coming.

He holds you in the palm of His hand. Rest in that. Pray confidently in that. Believe in that.



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12 Responses

  1. Amen! 1Cor 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Thank you for being faithful to share God’s Word.

  2. Thank you for writing this! You have no idea how much I needed to read this! Thank you for being willing to put this *truth* out there!

  3. Thank you for these words, you have no idea what they mean to this mama heart – they rang so true to me as I am grieving and healing from my 2nd miscarriage in the last year and I am struggling with faith and trusting God’s plan…’s so hard sometimes to accept a “no” answer to a prayer and yet “Faith is being sure of what we hope for, certain of what we do not see” – thank you for sharing

  4. Thank you for allowing God to use you to be a blessings and a wealth of encouragement. Amen, striving to act like a women of faith.

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