"Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand."
Thursday in my James For Women class, Angie my teacher has been having guest speakers come in for half of the class and share how James has blessed them. Well this past week was James 5:7-11.
And our guest speaker was Laurie Pritchard- she was a missionary in Hungry Bible College for 7 1/2 years with her husband Mike. They just came back to the states 6 weeks ago.
She spoke with such soft words with wisdom just flowing out of her. As she was sharing a bit of her testimony about Hungry and the Lord directing her back to the states, i was reminded of how the Lord spoke to me regarding England a few years ago. I love how the Lord every once in awhile reminds us of the past promises and fulfillment's. He doesn't let us forget just how AMAZING He is. :)
"Waiting is being obedient, its doing something." I often forget that when we are called to wait it isn't a meaningless and effortless call. Waiting makes us stronger, it prepares us for the good and the bad, it points us back to the Lord.
Just like my favorite old dude in the OT, Abraham. The Lord proved to Abe and Sarah the promise of a child and the guidance as they made their way to the promise land. Abe had faith. Even today I was reminded through Pastor Craig's study this morning that it takes the little amount of faith as a mustard seed to move mountains.
"Establish your hearts" - I constantly need to be establishing my heart to the Lord. Giving Him my everything and finding my all in Him alone.
At the end of the class Laurie gave each of us women a little dirt box that had a sunflower seed and all we have to do is water it.I was SO blessed by the little time she was there. She told us that the Sunflower will grow up to 5 feet we just need to plant it, put it in the sun and water it. But we have to be patient. Just like our walks with the Lord, we need to be constantly watered, planted in good soil and filled with the Son. Through time we will be beaming Sunflowers showing God's beauty and promises.
" Faith and truth applied becomes belief" Laurie Pritchard
I'm excited to see how the Lord will move this year.
The best promise I have is that one day I will see my Jesus face to face. until than I press on. :)