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I read “Reasons Why God Calls Us to Wait” by Paul David Tripp this morning. Tim and I know how it feels to wait. We’ve been waiting for thirteen years for this little church in Romania to thrive. We don’t like waiting. Waiting often frustrates us and tempts us to sin. It tempts us to focus on our inadequacies. It tempts us to give up. It tempts us to fear what others might think instead of looking only to God. Or even to blame others for the aggravating slowness of change!

How eye-opening then to see waiting, not as an evil to endure with much teeth-gritting, but as a welcome tool of God’s grace. Thank you, Paul David Tripp!

Waiting is one of God’s most powerful tools of grace. It’s important to realize in your ministry that God doesn’t just give us grace for the wait. The wait itself is a gift of grace. You see, waiting is not only about what you will receive at the end of the wait. Waiting is about what you will become as you wait. –  Paul David Tripp

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It was my monthly visit to Kaufland Supermarket on behalf of a poor family we help with groceries each month. Shopping is always draining for me. Produce has to be bagged, weighed and stamped with the price sticker as you go. Decisions have to be made (do they get toothpaste this month or shampoo?), while keeping a running total of the amount spent, which means juggling your pocket calculator in one hand while shopping with the other. You’ve got to navigate that heavy, oversized shopping cart around a store purposely designed so that you can’t get to the check-out counter until you’ve traversed the whole store. (Sometimes I park my cart to avoid congested aisles, but it is not unheard of for me to forget where I park it and waste time looking for it or to deposit my items in someone else’s cart and find them anxiously pursuing me down the aisles, crying, “Lady, you have my cart!”) Then, once at the check-out stand you have to unload the groceries from the cart to the belt and again from the counter to the cart fast enough not to annoy the cashier who is patiently waiting for you to pay. (No free bags here or friendly boxboys.) Then you make a separate trip to the information desk to receive an official receipt (the only kind valid for accounting purposes). Finally you exit the store, pushing the rebellious cart to your distant parking spot where again you unload your groceries into the crates and bags you have prepared ahead of time to hold them. Yeah, I’m tired just talking about it.

Anyways, perspiring slightly in the warm autumn sun, hungry for lunch and thinking about what I still had to do that day, I put the last item in the back of my car and wearily closed the hatch doors. I had to return my cart to its stall to get back my deposit coin, and then get on the road without wasting any more time. But as I turned to grab the cart I found myself face to face with the  “spoon lady”. Plump and kerchiefed, smiling tiredly and holding out a handful of crudely-whittled, slightly lumpy cooking spoons, she stood squarely blocking my path. (more…)

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I like these excerpts from “War of Words” so much. They help me resist the desire for an easy, stressless life and ministry. Because of what passages like Romans 8:28-29, James 1:2-4 and 1 Peter 1:5-9 tell us God is doing through trials (exposing our hearts, producing a purified faith and increasing our hunger for more of Jesus, who is our greatest good) on p. 94, Paul David Tripp can write: 

“Rather than grumbling and complaining and doubting the faithfulness of God, we should be able to respond with worship. Instead of “God, why me?” we should be able to say, “God, thank you. I want more of your salvation. Lord, I want all that you can give me. I know you are not done with me yet.” The struggles are not a mistake. They are tokens of redemptive love. Trials should not lead us to doubt the love of the King; they should convince us of it.”

I do want more of Him, and I will trust Him to know how to best accomplish that in my life. How about you?

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“God never reveals our hearts to discourage us. Convicting us of sin is one of the most profound ways he demonstrates his love for us.” Paul David Tripp, “War of Words”, p. 63

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To think on (from “Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands” by Paul David Tripp)

“God keeps us in mess relationships for his redemptive purposes. This fact
reminds us that the very thing we would naturally seek to avoid is what God
has chosen to use to make us more like Him! Have you ever wondered why God
doesn’t just make your relationships better overnight? We often think that
if God really cared for us, he would make our relationships easier. In
reality, a difficult relationship is a mark of his love and care. We would
prefer that God would just change the relationship, but he won’t be content
until the relationship changes us too. This is how God created
relationships to function.

What happens in the messiness of relationships is that our hearts are
revealed, our weaknesses are exposed, and we start coming to the end of
ourselves. (more…)

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