Hearts and Minds

Sometimes when I pray I wonder if my words go any farther than the ceiling. In my heart, I know Jesus hears every word but my mind questions and doubts.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault,
and it will be given to you. 
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,
because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea,
blown and tossed by the wind.
James 1:5-6 NIV

I know in my heart that God is a generous and giving God but my mind often listens to what the world has to say. This saddens me. I have no reason to doubt Him. His word is true and without deception. I have much reason to doubt the world. The world is full of contradiction and lies. I have not been hurt by God but I have been hurt by the world.

Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 
Their loyalty is divided between God and the world,
and they are unstable in everything they do.
James 1:7-8 NLT

Though my mind questions and doubts my heart is strong and committed to Jesus. I have orange-631354_640faith and hope that even my doubting mind cannot deny.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen;
it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Hebrews 11:1 NLT

For now, that is enough; I pray and wait.

In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Psalm 5:3 NIV

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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Psalm 40:1 niv

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To wait patiently is not only to wait calmly and quietly
but to wait firmly and steadily with courage.
We are able to wait patiently for the LORD because
we know He hears us and will not turn away.

Is it difficult for you to wait patiently?
What happens when you are impatient?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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Psalm 5:3 niv

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We pray, the Lord hears, we wait. 
The psalmist writes that he waits expectantly.
That’s how I want to wait;  hopefully, confidently, and actively.
I want to be breathlessly awaiting what He will do.

What words describe how you wait for the Lord to answer your prayers?
What words do you want to use for how you wait?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Psalm 27:14 esv

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One of the hardest things to do is to wait.
Being made to wait sometimes makes us think God has forgotten us.
But that is far from the truth.  
While we wait for Him we are being renewed and strengthened,
being made ready for the next step we will take.

When we wait for the Lord waiting is not meant to be passive.  
We can use these times for exploration and discovery of what He wants to teach us.  
He will reveal His plan and purpose in His perfect time and not a moment sooner.

Are you in a time of waiting?
What are you doing, or could be doing, during this time?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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James 5:7 esv

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We are to wait for the Lord’s return patiently.
Waiting patiently does not mean we are to be idle.
We have work to do as we look to the future harvest.

Do you know wait is a verb not a passive word?
What are you doing while you wait for the Lord?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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