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Waiting upon the Lord

Hi, my name is Stephanie, and I am a daughter of the King; I’m a wife and a mother of 2 amazing boys.

I’m a worshipper through movement. I have a passion to serve others and to testify of His Goodness in

my life.

What does it mean by waiting upon the lord?

The word wait means to hope, to anticipate, and to trust. To hope and trust in the Lord requires Faith,

Patience, humility, meekness, long-suffering, keeping the commandments, and enduring to the end.

The year of 2019 was the year I gave my life to the Lord; I buried the old me and my old ways of living

life. I promised myself I’d wait on the Lord and allow Him to work in me. Waiting was not easy; I’ve had

moments where I wanted to give up. Times when I questioned myself as to why. I’ve watched my life

shattered right before my eyes, I had to let go of things and people who weren’t for me, failed

relationships, and friends of many years leaving. That was one of the most painful things I went through

because I was left with nothing. At that moment, I didn’t understand what was going on; I cried,

questioned, and asked the Lord why are you doing this? “I gave you my life, and now you’re taking

everything away!” And at that moment, I felt in my soul that I had to stay quiet and push through the

pain and loneliness.

I was in my quiet season with the Lord, learning to trust and believing that everything will turn out good

and I’ll be made New. Little by little, I’ve watched myself getting stronger in the Lord. I started to see

who I was through His eyes. I learned to love myself and, most importantly, forgive myself. By waiting for

the Lord, I allowed myself to heal, to let go of everything that had me stuck in bondage. I allowed the Lord to make me New.

Looking back, I now understand why God removed those things; if I were to continue to live that way, I

wouldn’t get to where the Lord has me now. The Lord removed everything that was holding me back

from my purpose. But He was also replacing everything with good; He Healed my heart and made me into the Godly woman He wanted me to be. He restored my family; He has blessed me with an amazing Husband. He has brought Sisters in Christ into my life and showed me that I’m never alone.

I once heard an illustration about how God strengthens us during times of waiting through trials. It went like this: Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to a high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that

the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm; it simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.

When the storms of life come upon us, we can rise above them by setting our minds and our beliefs

toward God. The storms do not have to overcome us; God will strengthen us during our time of waiting.

His power will lift us above the dark clouds so we can ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness,

tragedy, failure, and disappointment into our lives.

God continues to strengthen me and lift me up above my storms. He will do the same for you in

whatever storm you are dealing with. I want to encourage everyone who reads this message that

God is not asleep and is not just standing on the sidelines observing. He is in the fight right there

with you, lifting you up so you can soar above your storm. Remember, it is not the burdens of life that

weigh us down; it is how we handle them. So, wait on the Lord and be of good courage. Wait, I say, on

the Lord!

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles,they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV).

By: Stephanie Ruiz
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