and we wait

I feel like there’s a lot of waiting that needs to be done right now, and shoot if waiting isn’t one of my least favorite things in all the universe.

Waiting for Joanne to wake up. (thanking Jesus for good news so far! please keep praying!)

Waiting to hear back about a book project I’ve been working on for what seems like a lifetime.

Waiting to see what God has planned for our Cambodia Dreams and trying not to run ahead of him in any way.

Waiting for warmer weather and for the ice and snow to melt into spring.

Waiting for the Toilet Brush Fairy to come do the work I just can’t make myself do.

Waiting for the Daniel Fast to be over so I can drink (super-sweet, tan-colored) coffee again (and try the new chai latte creamer I’ve heard blissful rumors of!).

Waiting to read a HUGE stack of books on my dresser until I finish the 7 I’m already in the middle of.

Waiting to see what God wants me to do about this, that, and the other thing.

Trying to fix my eyes on Jesus and not on the fact that I have to W-A-I-T.

What are you waiting on today?

73 thoughts on “and we wait

  1. Shelly

    This hit home with me today since I had an infant-like-blubbering-cry breakdown yesterday! I feel like waiting sometimes makes me feel like I’m going to burst. I claim Psalm 33:30 today! I wait in hope for the Lord and can identify with Jennifer and this “rough season” in the ministry. I so often weep over the passage 2 Corinthians chapter 4 and claim verses 8 through 10 with as much faith as I can muster. Most of all, just waiting on HIM today!

  2. Rachel

    Waiting also on Joanne – feel like I’ve been on the edge of my seat for weeks.
    Waiting for God to give me a husband.

  3. BethS

    I’m waiting for my man to come home from Iraq (4ish weeks to go!). And, waiting for my latest Amazon order to arrive with One Thousand Gifts and Jesus Calling.

  4. erin

    I’m waiting on this pregnancy to be over… 17 weeks seems UNBEARABLE! And, no wonder you’re waiting… having coffee that’s black instead of tan is never fun. 🙂

      1. erin

        I’m not sure that I’d ever be THAT desperate. I would, however, be desperate enough to whine and moan about it. 🙂 What day are you on? I looked it up and it looks like a cool thing to do…

          1. erin

            Wow… impressive. I’m not sure I’d have that much stamina but I’m proud of you. I’m sure it’s REALLY healthy.

  5. Lisa

    Oooo… Also waiting for a truly good nights sleep that I haven’t had in about 10 months. But I sure do love my little boy who helps me sleep more lightly 🙂

  6. Lisa

    I’m waiting on the Lord to give us wisdom and direction for why we moved across the country. Though the explanation may never come we truly want to find a settled place for ourselves in finding friends, a church home, a calling/passion where we can be used and not feel taken advantage of. Ugh that sounds like bitterness but it’s truly more desperation. We just want a settled place … Whether it’s here or in Hawaii (dreamin!!), back in Ohio or wherever!

  7. Mandy

    Praying that God will show you just what to do and when to do it. That he will show you how to be while waiting. And that he will bless you with his great love today. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for using what God has given you to minister to others.

  8. Jen Hanson

    Waiting for God to give my husband and I direction on… life in general.

    Examples: Waiting for a solution to Devin’s going-on-six-month of unemployment, which also means waiting on the “starting a family” talk and the “saving for a house” plans and the “working from home” plans. Waiting (with excitement) to see how God might use the Uganda trip to give us inspiration. Waiting for God to reveal my heart’s passion to me, because I’m not sure what it is or should be or what to do about it when I find it.

    Lots of waiting going on right now – but I’m still trying to seek God and serve where I can until things become clearer. Trying not to be a bump on a log during this season of questions.

    I’ve been saying this verse to myself over and over lately:
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” Trying to focus on trusting God and acknowledging him in all my ways… that’s all I can do right now.

  9. Erin

    We’re in a season of waiting, too. I know full well some of the reasons of why we’re waiting, but for some reason it still isn’t easy always. My first SSMV for 2011: “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14. So while the waiting is hard, I at least have confidence the Lord is moving even when I feel like “blank” isn’t.

  10. valerie (in TX)

    Waiting on God’s answer to my long-long-time prayer of being able to quit my job and stay home with my sweeties. Yep, waiting is one of my least favorite things to do as well. Waiting for my mission trip to Uganda this summer! (EEEE!) Waiting to put our house on the market. Waiting for news about my husband’s job. Waiting, waiting, waiting on so many things. Like you, Marla, I pray my heart would choose to wait on JESUS and not on circumstances I want.

  11. Kathleen-NM

    What a great question. Waiting:

    -with expectancy as God works out what He is working in to my children through the work of the HS, Scripture and very real life circumstances, lots of hard but authentic conversations, challenging people. I am getting glimpses of 2 warriors developing heart for the lost in their generation. Public School is the grandest of teachers. Waiting, anticipating as God unfolds His plan in answer to prayer in ways I never thought possible.

    -with expectancy and much patience as God puts together like the pieces of a puzzle, my understanding of scripture, training in ministry over the past few years, experience in various ministries, lots of counsel from wonderful authors, and overall theme of His Glory and Renown. Waiting on His timing as He equips for ministry through discipleship and writing. So excited!!

    -waiting each day for that gentle whisper

    -waiting as we move past healing and toward redemption in the greater story.

    Isaiah 26:8

    1. Marla Taviano

      Oooh, I like Isaiah 26:8–In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul. May that be the desire of my soul!!

      Just wrote you a little thank-you. 🙂 And ordered 5 copies of The Hole in Our Gospel!

      1. Kathleen-NM

        Yea! Prayerful in God’s provision for Cambodia.

        Love Languages: If people are aware of LL, does God minister to us in that way? I think so!! My top 2 are Words of Encouragement/Quality time. God so ministers to me through His Word and the written word (books, email, mail, twitter etc.) It’s a fun way to return the blessing to others. Will pray for the hands/hearts that receive Hole in Our Gospel!

  12. Jennifer

    I’m waiting for this rough season in our ministry to pass. We’re going to be wiser and stronger in the end, but this isn’t a fun time. Praying that my girls would not be turned off to God’s church because unredeemed pew sitters are spitting venom at their father. So thankful that Christ goes before us and protects their sweet little hearts even now.

    And as indicated by what I just posted, I’m waiting for God to give me genuine love for these people, no matter what they do. So, so hard…

  13. Wendy

    For discernment on something specific.

    I’m still praying hard for you and Joanne.

    Was excited to read a tweet about her left eye opening.

    ~ Wendy

    1. Marla Taviano

      She’s waking up even more now! And I just read your post about waiting–and Katie! Subscribed to both of your blogs now (not sure why I wasn’t before). Prayed for you just now, Wendy!! Our day will come. 🙂

  14. Krysten

    I waiting on an insurance settlement that could have major impacts on several areas of my life. Patience is not one of my better virtues. I do think this whole process has been God’s way of showing me that I am not as in control of my life as I think I am.

  15. Claudia Porpiglia

    I’m waiting on my son to return to His Savior.

    I’m waiting for God to show me if, when and how He wants me to change my career/ministry. Open doors ahead but many ??? left unanswered.

    Waiting for God’s healing hand to make several whole (including Joanne),

  16. Deborah

    I’m waiting for my 25 year old son to come back completely to the Lord and turn his back on the evils of this world. Praying, have been praying, continue to pray and thank God for the day my son turns his life around. To God be the glory!

      1. Deborah

        Good Morning Marla,

        It is so sweet to have sisters- in Christ praying for my son. I will also pray for Claudia’s son along with mine and plan to put them in my prayer journal.

        Blessings sweet sister,

  17. Keri

    Waiting on these pesky 20 pounds to just fall off, waiting on some motivation to get me going again in lots of areas, waiting for God to tell me GO, waiting to hear about something VERY random that may hugely impact my family’s lives, waiting for you to get a letter I just sent you…the old fashioned way.

      1. Keri

        I DID send you a letter!! It was kinda fun…the whole pen, stationary, stamp thing! I have NO idea how long it will take to get to you. Maybe 2 weeks? I mailed it Monday so we’ll see!

        Random thing? Give me until next week and I’ll let you know. But it involves a persuasive friend, a chance encounter, and cameras. The TV kind. Oh my…life is never dull!!

  18. Keli Gwyn

    Like you, I’m waiting to for the reports of Joanne’s awakening. I pray Toben, their girls, and the many who love them and have been praying are in for good news.

  19. Elizabeth

    Waiting on God’s timing for lots of things lately: our house to sell, a new house to be found, the right school for the kids, etc. I’m with you-waiting is hard! But I am trying to do it graciously, with a good attitude and a thankful heart.

  20. Bethany Peters

    I’m waiting to hear the titles of the 7 books you are reading and which ones you recommend.

    I’m waiting to meet little Jack! Only 3 more weeks! (maybe less!)

    Also waiting with you for Joanne to wake up (praise God for the latest news!) and for Spring to come.

    1. Marla Taviano

      Off the top of my head: One Thousand Gifts, God is Green, Love is an Orientation, Jesus for President, Penny Dreadful, The Invitation, The Dragonfly Effect.

      I can’t wait to meet little Jack either!!!

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