The Results of Waiting on God's Promises

One of the greatest encouragements we could ever give someone else, is to let them see the results of our standing on God’s promises in times of uncertainty and difficulty. When we are facing adversity, and we refuse to panic or act hastily apart from God, people take notice, because it’s not a natural or common reaction these days.

Scripture says: “Those who reverently and worshipfully fear You will see me and be glad, because I have hoped in Your word and tarried for it.” (Psalm 119:74 AMP) Here, the psalmist declares that He has committed himself to waiting on God to fulfill His promises to him, and that he expects the Lord to make good on His Word. He acknowledges that this strategy will not only profit himself, but that it will prove to others that believing God, and waiting on His promises, is the right way to live.

In the eyes of the Lord, your problems have a high purpose, and God can use them to bring about great good on your behalf, and on behalf of others, if you let Him. Ask the Lord today, “How can I cooperate with You to show others that believing and waiting on Your Word is the best way to live?”

Deliverance for Your Descendants

As a parent, Proverbs 11:21 has always been near and dear to my heart. But when my son, John, and his wife were expecting my first grandchild, this promise from God became even more vital to me and my family.

Scripture says: “The descendants of the righteous will be delivered.” (Proverbs 11:21 NASB) That means that no matter what dangers come against our children or grandchildren, or even our descendants in the future, if we pray and stand on this promise for them, God will intervene on their behalf in a mighty way to deliver and protect them.

Below is a prayer that I pray for my own descendants every day, and that I invite you to pray, too. I believe that it is totally scriptural, and therefore, filled with the power and authority of God.

“Lord, I thank You that Your Word says, ‘The descendants of the righteous will be delivered.’ On the basis of Your Word, I ask that You deliver all of my descendants from all evil, harm, destruction, disease, and defeat; from all poverty, debt, and lack; from every sickness, disease, infirmity, pain, symptom, wound, and injury; from every accident, catastrophe, calamity, and disaster; from every sin, bondage, and evil addiction; from all fear, dread, doubt, and unbelief—and from everything that is not of You. Thank You, Lord, that Your Word is true, and You are true to Your Word!”

You Don't Have to Be Afraid

When I was outside tending to my ducks, Lily and Larry, the other day, a hawk suddenly flew over our heads. The terror in my ducks’ eyes was apparent, and they stiffened and became paralyzed with fear. I happened to be standing right next to them at the time, so I emphatically told them, “You have nothing to fear while I’m standing right beside you!” Even though I knew that hawks were a real threat to Lily and Larry, and that they could do them serious harm, I didn’t understand their fearful behavior when it was obvious that their protector and provider was so very close by.

Suddenly, I heard the Lord’s voice deep in my spirit say, “That’s exactly how I feel when you forget that I am with you, and you become fearful and fretful.” I instantly felt ashamed, and the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance a verse from Isaiah 41:10 (AMP), which says: “Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.” The truth is that, for those of us who are abiding in Christ, “there is nothing to fear” when trouble comes. If I felt indignant when my ducks became afraid while I was standing right next to them, imagine how the Lord feels when we become fearful every time we feel threatened in some way.

Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” (John 14:27 AMP) You and I have the privilege of claiming the peace of Christ in the midst of our trials, and we don’t have to allow ourselves to be intimidated by circumstances, other people, or the devil himself. The next time trouble comes knocking on your door, remember that you have a choice. Take your stand in faith and declare with confidence—“I choose peace, in Jesus’ name!”

Rewards for the Good We Do

“Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do.” Ephesians 6:8 NLT

My son, John, didn’t get his first job until much later than most kids his age. We allowed him to stay home during his summer vacations from school, because when he was only 16, he created a Christian web site that began touching the lives of others from its earliest stages. The site, “,” grew rapidly, and maintaining it became more and more time-consuming for our son.

Eventually, when John decided that he wanted to buy a car, he began looking for a full-time job one summer. Even though he was 20 years old, he had absolutely no job experience, and we weren’t sure he had any marketable skills. We began earnestly praying that God would move mightily on his behalf, and that He would open doors of opportunity for John, and give him favor with the right people, so that he could somehow secure an excellent job with good pay. One day, a friend of my son’s mentioned that he had a relative who worked for a nearby company, that had a job opening requiring web work experience. Shortly afterwards, this company called my son on the phone, asked him a few questions, and told him to report for work immediately. John never needed to go for an interview. He never even filled out an application. And he got an excellent starting salary from these folks. As it turned out, the skills that John developed from maintaining his Christian web site–his labor of love for the Lord–were the very skills that opened exciting doors for him in the job market.

The above verse is a promise from the Lord that He will reward us for the good that we do. The Living Bible puts it this way: “Remember, the Lord will PAY you for each good thing you do.” (Ephesians 6:8 TLB) Even though John wasn’t being paid a regular salary for his ministry efforts, God showed that He had creative ways to reward him, just the same. Don’t ever hesitate to invest your time, your treasure, or your talents in the kingdom of God. For nothing you do in His name will be left unrewarded by the Lord!

Lord, I praise You for being the “Rewarder” that the Scriptures say You are. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV) Do a new and mighty work in my heart, so that I’ll actively look for ways to serve You. Thank You that as I do everything as “unto the Lord,” You will “pay” me in ways that will delight my heart, and glorify You!

Expect the Unexpected!

Yesterday, our most reliable vehicle had to have some major work done. When my husband, Joe, told me that the repairs would cost more than $1,400, I nearly fainted. I could tell that Joe was more than a little concerned about the high cost of these repairs, so I went before the Lord and asked for His help. He reminded me of His Word in Isaiah 64:3 (NIV), which says: “You did awesome things that we did not expect.” So I prayed, “Lord, I know that we were told that the cost of getting our car back on the road would be more than $1,400. But I’m asking You to do awesome things that we don’t expect, and bring these charges down so that they will be more affordable for us.”

When my husband got home from work with our car, it was plain to see that he was happy and relieved. The repairman had decided to forgive us more than $400, and our bill came to less than $1,000. I knew without a doubt that God had heard my prayer and intervened, and I immediately gave Him all the thanks and the glory.

When you get a disturbing report from the doctor, the mechanic, your boss, or anyone else, don’t just accept it at face value. Instead, bring it before the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to do awesome things that you don’t expect, and then expect the unexpected!

You Don't Need Any Helpers

Yesterday was one of those days when my relationship with my husband, Joe, was sorely tested. With houseguests soon to arrive at our house, I was really counting on him to help me with some major chores. Unfortunately, he chose to begin working on another project that had absolutely no bearing on our imminent houseguests and their comfort. I expressed my desire to my husband to have his help with the cleaning, but my requests fell on deaf ears.

As I turned to the Lord in silent prayer, I confessed that I was struggling with anger and frustration. That’s when I heard Him speak to my spirit, “You don’t need any helpers. All you need is Me.” Now, I know that God is not against us asking for help when we need it. But what He was telling me here was that when I ask for help, and my request is refused or ignored, I don’t have to get angry or vengeful. Instead, I can bring the situation before God, and He will supply all the help I need—whether He uses someone else, or gives me all the skills, energy, and strength I need to accomplish the task myself.

As I set about my work for the day on my own, the Lord reminded me of His Word in Hebrews 13:6 (NIV): “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.'” I’ll be honest and tell you that I still was not happy about having to do all that work alone. But because I was determined to resist getting mad or vindictive toward my husband, God gave me all the help I needed to complete the task, and to do it beautifully. You, too, have a divine Helper who is there for you when you call on Him. If you are in a place of need right now, let Him hear from you today!

God's Promise of Provision for Your Children

There have been many promises over the years that the Lord has spoken to my heart in times of trouble, even where my job as a parent is concerned, but one of the most precious ones for me is Psalm 37:25 (NIV), where David says: “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Because neither of my sons were all that thrilled about school or their studies, there were times when I doubted that they would even graduate from high school. This was bewildering to me, because I had always been a conscientious and high-achieving student, and it never even crossed my mind that my children would be anything different.

As a mom, I longed to see both of my sons win full scholarships, so that they could go to college and not worry about the cost. When it became obvious to me that this dream of mine would never be realized, I cried many bitter tears. As I brought my heartbreak and concerns before the Lord in prayer, He led me to His promise in Psalm 37:25. It was His way of assuring me that He was not going to abandon my children, and that He still had bright and beautiful futures ahead for them that included divine protection and provision. Both of my sons did attend some college, but neither of them graduated with the usual 4-year degrees.

Today, my older son, Joseph, has a great job in the computer field, and already makes more money than his dad ever did—something my husband is very proud of—and John has one of the largest and most popular Christian music websites ever. All without any student loans to pay off, I might add. I’m sharing all this with you in case you, too, are concerned about the future of your own children. If you are living your life for the Lord, and if you are covering your children in prayer each day, and entrusting them to His care, you can bet that He has awesome plans for their lives, and that He will never forsake them or let them go hungry!

God Will Do it Swiftly!

Have you ever been in a situation—or had a loved one in a situation—where time was of the essence? It seems that all you can focus on is how the clock is ticking away, and nothing seems to be happening. I felt that way the other day when I was reading my Bible and asking the Lord to speak words of encouragement to my heart. He led me to Isaiah 60:22 (AMP), which says: “I, the Lord, will hasten it in its [appointed] time.” God was telling me that there was a very specific time when He would act on my behalf, and when the time came, He would bring it to pass quickly. The NIV translation says it this way: “I am the Lord; it its time I will do this swiftly.”

Can God speed up the answers to our prayers when He has a mind to move? Yes, He can. I have seen Him do it time and time again, and when it happens, it is a beautiful thing. But in order for us to witness this kind of supernatural intervention, we must keep our eyes on God, serve Him faithfully, and wait patiently for Him to act. Failing to trust Him in a situation can rob us of His best. God has not forgotten you. You will see Him fulfill those promises that He has spoken to your heart. If they seem delayed, know that when the appointed time comes, He can do a very quick work on your behalf. Thank Him today that He has good things in store for you!

Lessons from a Fall

This past Saturday, my husband, Joe, and I made an impromptu trip to the mall to look for new shoes for me to wear the following day on Easter Sunday. As we got out of our car and began walking toward the store, I took a nasty fall. Battered and bleeding, I went into the store, along with husband, to report my accident, and to wait for their first aid team to tend to my wounds. Needless to say, I didn’t feel like shopping for shoes when I could hardly walk, so we decided to leave the mall and head for home. I asked Joe if we could stop at Starbucks on the way, feeling sure that a stiff hot chocolate would lift my spirits.

While Joe was getting my drink, I sat alone in the car, and allowed the tears to come that I had been holding back since my fall. It was then that I sensed the Holy Spirit reminding me of a Scripture that He had shown me during my quiet time that morning. It was Hebrews 12:3 (AMP), which says: “Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.”

Suddenly, I felt ashamed, and I recalled that just the day before, it had been Good Friday, the day when we remember how our Lord Jesus suffered, bled, and died for our sins. My wounds and pains were nothing in comparison to His, and somehow this gave me great comfort and peace in the midst of my distress. The next thing I knew, I was smiling from ear to ear. I whispered a heartfelt “thank you” to the Lord, and I knew that He would walk me through this ordeal, and that He would sustain me all the way. I also knew that, just as the Father brought great good out of His Son’s suffering, He would bring great good out of mine.