Thursday, September 9, 2010

Waiting room exercise


How many of you have been in the waiting room of a doctor's office or dentist office? 

The wait before you hear your name called can be very long at times, and have you in great anticipation. Even when you have an appointment, you have to wait.

I feel like that at times in my life. I have an appointment (it should be my time to be seen and to be heard), but I still have to wait in a small room (a place of discomfort) with anticipation building up, until I hear my name finally called.

At times I believe my anticipation can be seen as HOPE in what good things are to come, but I pray my anticipation doesn't turn into ANXIOUSNESS.

Being anxious can lead to FRUSTRATION and WORRY, and frustration and worry can lead to DISAPPOINTMENT. 

Disappointment can lead to a feeling of FAILURE, and failure can mask the GOOD thing (or news) to come.

I have experienced this many times, but I pray I will always have this reminder in those moments when they come: DON'T WORRY!

Philippians 4:6-9 (New Living Translation)

 6 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

-I think about the little distractions that I have seen over the years in the many appointments I have been to. I remember reading magazines, watching tv, having a conversation, or just thinking of something as the time passed.

I believe those are great distractions. As I find myself in a waiting room in my life now, and I must decide to pick up and READ my bible (daily divotional, inspirational book). I'll WATCH a great teaching from my church (or an uplifting movie). I'll TALK to others, and reach out to those who may have gone through the same waiting and have know been called.

One thing that I do a lot, and that is remaining in deep THOUGHT with God in my heart and on my mind.

Talk about great distractions (OPPURTUNITIES), to remain calm while you wait...Wow! That awesome!

I definitely need to focus on not worrying, but being THANKFUL. 

I've noticed the more I think about the many things that has happened to me that helped me along the way and brought a smile to my face, the less I worry. 

God bless.

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Psalm 27:4-5 (my prayer) 

The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord's perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.

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