I have. A million times!
I know a million sounds like a lot, but it is true.
There are things that I want to do, sometimes need to do, that I just can’t seem to work in the way I like.
How about you?
And then other times – I just see something and want it now.
I think that is why credit cards are so popular. Because I am not alone in this issue.
Patience is a virtue and I WANT IT NOW! LOL!
The Best Advice
I have a friend that gave me some advice over a decade ago that I still have not forgotten. They said, “If it is God today, it will be God tomorrow.”
I have quoted that probably a hundred times since then. It applies in so many situations. Our flesh feels like it needs something now. The relationship, the item at the store, the car, to beat someone else to the punch…
Only to find out later that we would have rather been punched than actually gotten our way in the situation that we just had to have at the moment.
Go to God
The truth is, God is not just about our right now. God has an eternal view and when we try to make decisions in the moment – we cut out consulting the One that can see how this thing will actually play out.
Who do you think is pushing for that to happen? The enemy, of course. If he can get us to act now (hurry, they are selling fast!), then we don’t bother to spend time in prayer asking if this lines up with what God has for us.
We end up with Ishmael, when God’s plan was Issac. We end up in debt, when God’s plan was enough and even abundance. We end up out of God’s will and ask God why He let us get there. And God’s replying, “Well why didn’t you ask Me?”
This got serious quick huh? And you thought this was just about my 10p.m. decision to pull scissors out of a drawer and hack at my own hair – front and back….
What About You?
I couldn’t resist using this opportunity to ask – What are you about to rush into?
What have you rushed into in the past that helped you to realize that waiting on time with God really is the way we should operate?
If you would share it with us, no telling how many people it will help.
Oh, and my hair. Well check out this video and you be the judge.
It will do for now I guess.
Great job!! I would never attempt to cut my hair. My mother-in-law asked me to cut her’s, I told her I would take her to a hairdresser, I do not cut hair. I will “shave” my partner’s hair, though. Just keep the razor straight, flat and in a straight line! Sometimes, I have to go over it, but he appreciates the effort!
Did I (we) ever “rush” into something without really “thinking” about it, or prayed for the right answer? Yes, Kenny and I are novice real estate investors, we’ve been keeping an eye on a piece of property right across the street from our home. Well, earlier this year it finally went on the market for a steal! We made an offer after looking at it, needed some minor repairs/updates and ALOT of cleaning. Our realtor came back and asked if that was our best offer, other bids were coming in. Well, we (I) did not want to miss out on this property, so we made a bid higher than the asking price and it was accepted right away. Here we are, 4 months later, still trying to get it ready for a tenant, Kenny will mention once in a while, “I think we bit off more than we wanted” or “I think we paid too much for this place”. Next time, I’ll wait, I’ll discuss this with the Master before making a sudden “we don’t want to miss the boat” decision like that. Live and Learn! But, don’t forget to get councel from the Lord, he always leads to the right path.
Nicole I think you’re awesome!!
WOW what a topic!! I don’t know how many times I have been talking with someone and have used the Ishmael/Isaac story. It is such a perfect example of what happens when we think God needs our help and/or He isn’t moving as fast as we want Him to. And we are still paying for the Ishmael mistake today! Perfect example of how we mess up God’s plans for us. My classic personal example: my marital history. I have been married five times – count ’em – FIVE! All ended in heartache and divorce, except the last one – which was God – and he was my soul-mate. But in NONE of those situations did I consult my God and ask Him what HIS will was for me – I got in the moment and just fell down all those rabbit-holes all by myself – and it ended in disaster – always. Because it WAS NOT GOD!! Oh if only we would learn to wait for our Isaac – whatever that may be. Don’t try to make God move faster. Something isn’t right yet, something still needs to be tweaked – and we need to get into our heads once and for all that GOD’S timing is perfect. WAIT on the Lord. Don’t try to help Him. He doesn’t need it, doesn’t want it. Wait on God’s perfection-it will be SO worth it! PS-the hair cut is great!!
You did a good job! I cut, color and perm my own hair all the time!
Hey Pastor Nicole – I cut my hair all the time – usually at night, with kitchen scissors. The back is always longer on the left since I am right handed! Within a week, I always take the trip to OKC and have my grandson’s mother “fix” it and it looks great! Waiting is such a hard lesson to learn – glad I belong to the God of the “do-over”!!! Have a blessed day!
(new member as of last night)
From what I can see you look “Marvelous!” Wow, showing my age now..I have cut my bangs once in my life. It looked ok but would rather clean teeth than cut hair! LOL Can’t wait for church tonight! God Bless, Dawn
You did a fantastic job. It helps that your hair is long enough to get ahold of it!
I think you always look great…..you give us all hope that we could do half as good a job. Mine always ends up shorter and yet shorter because I wouldn’t get it straight.
God bless you with great hair!
you did a great job, just like you do with everything else at our church.
YOU DID A GREAT JOB…ITS SO FUNNY I DO MY OWN HAIR TOO…YES I CANT WAIT TO GO TO THE SALON , ESPECIALLY WHEN I AM GETTING READY AND IT JUST WONT DO ANYTHING, I PULL OUT MY SCISSORS HAAHA!! NICOLE YOU ARE A TRUE INSPIRATION TO ME….LIKE JOYCE MEYER!!! WE ATTEND SERVICE ON SUNDAY AND WE ARE NEW TO THE AREA SO WE ARE NEW COMERSTO FAITH CHURCH..WHEN I SEEN IT OFF THE HIGHWAY HAHA GOD PULLED ME OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY AND I GOT THE WEBADDRESS HE SAID BRIDGET THIS IS YUR NEW CHURCH. WE TRIED TO GET TO IT ON A SUNDAY AND BEFORE WE KNEW WE WOULD NEED A GPS,HAHA THANK GOD FOR A GPS ,ANYWAYS WE GOT LOST AND ENDED UP AT GRACE CHURCH AND THEN EVERY WHERE WE WENT I WOULD ASK HOW DO I GET TO FAITH CHURCH WHAT EXIT IS IT…HAHA IT WAS A LIL TRICKYBUT I PRAYED ONE SUNDAY MORING AND WATCHED PASTOR DAVID AND I SAID GOD I GET IT, COULD YOU BE MY GPS TODAY…AMEN, I WAS ATTRACTED BY THE NAME…I WILL GO MORE INTO IT BUT HAVE FAITH WILL TAKE YOU PLACES YOU COULDNT EVEN IMAGINE.. WE CAME TO FAITH BECAUSE THATS WHAT BROUGHT US TO THIS STATE…NICOLE WE RELOCATED HERE FROM NY STATE AND WE WERE ATTENDING CHURCH THERE WHICH IS ALSO A WONDERFUL CHURCH WE HAD ALOT OF TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS BUT NO MATTER WHAT WE STAYED IN THE WILL OF GOD AND OUR FAITH AND OUR BELIEF SYSTEM AND HOLDING ONTO TO HIS PROMISES AND I WOULD REMIND GOD YOU SAID NO MATTER WHAT YOU WILL NEVER LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US….AND WOW WHAT A PROFOUND STATEMENT!!!! BUT GOD SAID HAVE FAITH AND HOLD ONTO FOR I WILL LEAD YOU TO THE LIGHT OUT OF THE DARKNESS…BUT YOU KNOW I THANK GOD FOR THOSE DARK MOMENTS BECAUSE WITHOUT THEM I WOULDNT GROW OR I WOULDNT NEED HIM, I WOULD WORK OUT OF FLESH AND WE ALL KNOW HOW TO DO THAT…ITS ABOUT A CHANGE FROM THE INSIDE OUT!!!! NICOLE AS I LOOK BACK AT MY LIFE BEFORE I GAVE MYSELF(WHICH WAS 5 YRS AGO) TO THE LORD, IWAS LIKE A SEED AND I WENT INTO SOIL,BUT IT NEVER GOT WATERED ONLY WHEN IT RAINED,BUT THE RAIN SOMETIMES JUST ISNT ENOUGH…JUST LIKE JUST READING THE WORD ISNT ENOUGH IF YOU DONT PUT IT INTO YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE , LIVE IT EAT IT DRINK IT NOT ENOUGH TO BLOOM,AND TODAY I AM A BLOOMING FLOWER, I AM SO THIRSTY FOR WATER AND I GROW EACH AND EVERY TIME I TAKE A DRINK !!! I AM BLOOMING IN MY WALK WITH GOD!!!!!!! AND I DONT EVER WANNA STOP GROWING AND BLOOMING..HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER AND IF YOU OPEN THE FLOWER TEAR IT APART THEIRS MORE LIL TINY SEEDS, THEY WILL EITHER PUT OFF COLOR OR WILL LOOSE THE FLOWER,SEE IF WE DONT TEAR OURSELVES DOWN AND REPENT AND TRUELY GIVE OURSELVES TO OUR SAVIOR WE ARE EITHER FOR GOD OR FOR THE ENEMY….LIFE OR DEATH!!!! THEIRS NO IN BETWEEN..I LOVE THIS CHURCH, I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE JESUS..MY WALK IS WHAT CAN I DO FOR HIM!!!! HE DESERVES ALL OF OUR PRAISE AND WORSHIP AND SPREADING HIS WORD!!!!!I LOVE YOU PASTOR NICOLE…WE PLSNT OUR SEEDS TO WE CAN HAVE A HARVEST….!!!! AND IT STARTS WITH WATERING YOURSELF WITH HIS WORD AND PROMISES! PUT ACTIONS INTO YOUR STEOS WITH CHRIST..LOOK AT ALL HE DOES FOR US….OMG ITS AMAZING..!!!! PASTOR NICOLE AND PASTOR DAVID I LOVE YOU GUYS!!! AND I PRAY SOMEDAY WE CAN MEET..i WOULD LOVE TO TELL YOU OUT TESTIMONY…WHICH WE HAVE SO MANY BUT YOU KNOW WHEN YOU KNOW..ITS GODS FAVOR!!! SOMETIMES AS PASTOR DAVID SPOKE ON SUNDAY WE CAN BE TRICKED BY THE DEVIL ,HE WILL DO ANYTHING TO STEER US AWAY FROM THE LORD. AND SO A JOB OPPORTUNITY COMES UP AND NEXT THING YOU KNOW GOD IS ON THE BACK BURNER…HAAH NOT THIS TIME AND WE SUFFERED FOR 8 LONG MONTHS AND WE GOT THE MESSAGE THIS TIME I AM FIRST IN ALL THINGS…AND TODAY NO MATTER WHAT I WANT GODS WILL FOR US, NOT OUR SELF WILL AND I DONT WANT IT NO MATTER HOW GOOD IT LOOKS IF GOD ISNT IN IT THEN THEY CAN KEEP IT…I WILL CONTINUE MY FAITHFUL WALK IN CHRIST,I AM SO HUNGRY FOR HIM ALL THE TIME..AND I GET BUMPED WHEN I ATTEND SERVICE…PASTOR DAVID DELIVERED THE MESSAGE SO WELL THIS WEEK I AM STILL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!!! I WOULD LOVE FOR EACH SERVICE TO BE PUMPED UP, WHEN OUR PASTOR IS BUMPED AND THATS WHEN WE TRUELY KNOW GOD IS IN THE HOUSE……AND I LOVE IT……THANKS FOR BEING WHO YOU ARE!! NEVER CHANGE I KNOW YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHO I AM BUT I REMEBER MY VERY FIRST VISIT, YOU WERE ON STAGE AND YOU LOOKED RIGHT AT ME AND WAVED, YOU WILL NEVER KNOW WHAT THAT DID FOR ME……THANK YOU,,,WE ALWAYS SIT UPFRONT IF YOUR STANDING ON STAGE WE ARE ON THE FAR RIGHT…YOU JUST WAVED TO ME..LIKE YOU KNEW ME FOR YEARS..OUR FAMILY FELT SO GREAT AND THATS ALSO WHY WE KEEP COMING AND THE KIDS MINISTRY!!!WOWOWOWO MY CHILDREN TALK MORE ABOUT JESUS TODAY THAN THEY EVER HAVE…..WERE VERY COMFORTABLE..WE HAVENT MADE THIS OUR HOME CHURCH YET!!! BUT WHEN GOD TELLS US WE WILL….THANKS FOR ALL YOU AND PASTOR DAVID DO TO SERVE THIS AREA….WE TRUELY APPRECIATE YOU…ALRIGHT WELL MAYBE SOMETIME WE CAN HAVE AN ICED MOCHA AND FELLOWSHIP….I WOULD LOVE THAT…YOU KNOW JOYCE MEYER WOMENS CONFERENCE IS COMING, ITS ALWAYS BEEN PRAYER TO SEE HER…I PRAY I CAN GO….ARE YOU GOING,MAYBE US WOMEN CAN FELLOWSHIP AND MAKE IT A GIRLS EVENT…THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL!!!! JOYCE MEYER IS THE ONE ENCOURAGED ME TO GIVE MYSELF TO THE LORD, HER STORY IS SO CLOSE TO MINE AND LOOK WHAT THE LORD DID….HAAH AND WHAT HE DOES WITH ALL OF US…I AM LOOKING TO GET INTO MINISRTY SCHOOL SOON, NICOLE I HAVE BEEN THROUGH ALOT AND I LOVE TO GIVE AND HELP PEOPLE I BELIEVE ITS MY PRECIOUS GIFT FROM GOD AND I WANT TO HONOR HIS GIFTS….P.S YOU ARE SUCH AN ANOINTED WOMEN OF GOD…STAY JUST THE WAY YOU ARE…AND THAT PRECIOUS…(AS RUBIES) ALL WOMEN!!!
WELL THANK YOU AND I HOPE TO HEAR AND MEET YOU SOON…
OUR GIFT AS A FAMILY…….
You inspire me everyday of the short time I have known you. I thank and love you Pastor Nicole more than you will ever realize.
You did a great job I used to hold a NY cosmetology license and I would not have a problem letting you cut mine. Thank you again for getting Frank’s Purpose tee shirt. It was just on time. His contract ended and we are back in Texas. We really miss Faith Church, but have downloaded Livestream so we can watch online.