How Are You In The Waiting?

There is one place we are all at again and again in our lives.

You would think with this much practice we would be so much more graceful handling it and learning from it.

No matter your age or where you are at in your life we are constantly in a state of waiting.

Waiting to grow up

Waiting to leave home

Waiting to love someone

Waiting to figure out your calling

Waiting to find the person to spend your life with

Waiting for a relationship to heal

Waiting to have a family

Waiting for a promotion

Waiting to start your own business

Waiting to forgive

Waiting to travel

Waiting to use your gifts

Waiting to say goodbye

The list could go on and on.

What my younger self never understood is that the waiting…is all about getting you ready.

I know so much more about myself and this waiting than I have in the past.

I have known for many years now that there is a calling on my life and I believe it will be in a specific area.

When I look back over the past 7 years of my business I can in hindsight see what each step has prepared me for.

Only through experience, trust and knowing myself and the Lord better do I now know that it hasn’t happened yet because I am not ready yet.

I am in the waiting.

But, aren’t we always?

I trust that when I am ready that the next door will open and that in the waiting I am getting ready for what is next.

In the waiting we don’t need to rush it, get anxious or doubt that we have a path.

Take a deep breath and be ready for it.

Don’t be so anxious and controlling about what is next that you aren’t being present in what can be learned today.

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  1. Vanessa

    The timing of this could not be more perfect Jeanne and I just love every word! The hardest part of the waiting for me is that it leaves room for self-doubt to creep in you know? But all that means is that I’m not trusting God and His sovereign plans for my life! 🙂
    Blessings to you for sharing this!

  2. Teresa Swanson

    Thank you for this post, Jeanne, about ‘The Waiting’. I have waited over 30 years for someone to change patterns of their own fears in life. And I have to remember that I too, had to let go of fears in my own life. So, this post reminds me to be more patient, loving and kind, and I have to let go of things I cannot change in another person. They have to see it for themselves, and they may never see it. So, I have to be true to myself, and keep waiting and hoping the other person will experience and see the joy I now have in my life because I was able to let go of some engrained fears. If I try and force myself upon them to change, then I will have let go of my own joy, and it will not be any profit to either one of us. And I know it is the place of the Holy Spirit to comfort, and heal, and sometimes humans have to get out of the way of the Holy Spirit in order for Him to work in another person’s life. So, with that being said, I am going to pray more, and back off on trying to ‘help’ the other individual try and see what I have already seen. We all have to grow at our own pace, other wise it won’t be growth if it is just a ‘forced’ submission, or a resigning ‘to keep peace’ just to let go of an argument which does not have a true and real solution. I am realizing there are some things in life which have no resolution and the only solution is to let those things go, and maybe at a later date, in God’s own timing, there may be an answer.

  3. Sue

    Such wise and meaningful words, Jeanne. Thank you for taking the time to share them with us.

  4. Peggy Mcdevitt

    Thank you Jeanne, this post is appreciated and welcomed. May you continue your quest in peace and love

  5. Katy Noelle

    Such encouraging words that I need to hear. =) I’m so scared of the unknown and in between space and I think it’s keeping me from jumping into what I need to be doing next. But, this also makes me chuckle because I heard someone say once that we wait in agony for the moments when the breakthrough – the mountaintop – comes because we think that, THEN, we’ll be happy. Her point was that most of life is the waiting for it to happen in between part; so, we might as well get on with being happy while we wait. 😉

    Thank you for the good words! =) xo

  6. Lisa W.

    WOW…what powerful AND meaningful words. I have to mention reading Teresa’s comment brought me to tears. May not be the same “reason” but your words were like spoken from my heart. I too am in the process of “letting go” letting someone go that just can’t see the problem. I’ve realized through all the waiting to try to make it better, waiting for it to get better, waiting to fix it, and realized that I cannot. That sometimes you can love something with all your heart, but still have to let them go!. Teresa I wish you the best, I wish you healing. And may we all try to learn, enjoy, and respect the waiting, so , we can go on living!!! Thank you Jeanne for this post. The words spoke to me, just may help me get through the next few months with some hope and peace ahead.

    1. Teresa Swanson

      Hi, Lisa
      And I forget sometimes too, to ‘let go’, so I think I am going to make a mixed media piece to remind me how to keep my own joy FULL, without having to count on the other person to change. I realized that my own JOY comes from within MYSELF not from someone else. ‘That your JOY MAY BE FULL’ is part of verse I realized it was ME who had to not let others be the cause of my not having joy. And if I radiate JOY then others will hopefully want what I have in my life. We may leave others behind, where they are trying to figure out their own ‘waiting’ game. We all have various life scenarios we are always trying to find a reasonable answer for, and believe me, I have read enough books on the subject and online sites to get to the bottom of how I can make a difference in my life and it came down to the key to the solution was, I had to be like Alice and fit the key into the door myself, as I am really the only one who can open the door to enlightenment and a richer more joyful life. It can be a bit scary, but life is a journey and we are always learning.

      1. Lisa W.

        Well said Theresa…thank you for some VERY good perspective. 🙂

  7. debbie eaves

    I love the art bag. I work for a cancer center and my art is my get away to let go of the day and meditate into a calm state of mind. That bag looks like a bag that could carry my art supplies very easily.

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