Psalm 130:5-6 International Children’s Bible
I wait for the Lord to help me.
I trust his word.
I wait for the Lord to help me
more than night watchmen wait for the dawn,
more than night watchmen wait for the dawn.
Time always seems long to the child who is waiting – for Christmas, for next summer, for becoming a grownup: long also when he surrenders his whole soul to each moment of a happy day. Dag Hammarskjold
“Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.”
“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments — tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.” Louis Pasteur
Micah 7:7 International Children’s Bible
Israel says, “I will look to the Lord for help.
I will wait for God to save me.
My God will hear me.
“Our spiritual life is a life in which we wait, actively present to the moment, expecting that new things will happen to us, new things that are far beyond our own imagination or prediction. This, indeed, is a very radical stance toward life in a world preoccupied with control.” – Henri Nouwe
Psalm 5:3 International Children’s Bible
Lord, every morning you hear my voice.
Every morning, I tell you what I need.
And I wait for your answer.
Lamentations 3:24-26 International Children’s Bible
I say to myself, “The Lord is what I have left.
So I have hope.”
The Lord is good to those who put their hope in him.
He is good to those who look to him for help.
It is good to wait quietly
for the Lord to save.
In the rush of daily living it’s easy to forget all the remarkable people, real or fictional, who have been a part of your life. But if you just imagine they are near for a moment, you will realize that anyone who ever touched your heart is always with you, patiently waiting to emanate warmth and support whenever you remember to think of them. Barbara Sher
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 International Children’s Bible
So we do not give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day. We have small troubles for a while now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory. That glory is much greater than the troubles. So we set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time. But what we cannot see will last forever.
Waiting is not an easy thing to do. In retirement I have found myself waiting more and more for things to happen, people to see, events to begin, trips to plan, rain to fall, and sun to shine. I try to use those in-between waiting moments to talk with You, Lord. Is that putting You way down on the list? I pray not.
The time I spend researching Your Word, thinking how Your teachings apply to my life, and posing questions I’ve been pondering, keeps me close to you daily. I feel centered and able to cope better with whatever comes my way.
I thank You, Father, for showing me ways to follow You down the paths You would have me follow. I am so very grateful for the unencumbered periods of time we share. I am blessed with time to work on my character, my actions, my reactions, my thoughts, and my words. Most importantly I am working on listening to You, Dear Lord. I love being still and listening for Your still small voice.
1 Corinthians 3:9-11 Easy-to-Read Version
We are workers together for God, and you are like a farm that belongs to God. And you are a house that belongs to God. Like an expert builder I built the foundation of that house. I used the gift that God gave me to do this. Other people are building on that foundation. But everyone should be careful how they build. The foundation that has already been built is Jesus Christ, and no one can build any other foundation.