Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Benefits of Waiting


"What she doesn't realize is that this time of waiting is perhaps one of the most valuable times in her life. It is full of some of the richest lessons and greatest opportunities that she will ever experience. Times of waiting take us to deeper levels of trust, strengthen our faith, remind us to abide in Christ and teach us to delight in the Lord. There will be periods of waiting all through life, but for us as single young ladies, this season of life provides an ideal opportunity to learn the secret of being content in any situation (Phil. 4:11-13) If we can learn now how to patiently rest in the Lord, think how invaluable this 'skill' will be throughout our entire lives."

~From Before You Meet Prince Charming, page 108

16 comments:

Ella said...

Really cool pictures, Anna. I am really trying ot work on the waiting thing. What I read in I Kissed Dating Good-bye this morning made me realzie that even more. I am not ready to be in a relationship, so I should be cultivating skills..and growing more and more in the Lord. Eventually, we will see the fruits of our labors...though we might doubt it.

Laura H. said...

That is a good article, Anna. I needed it. I am going to be going to school this Fall, and the distractions of cute guys will be there. I just need to know, that I am going to be waiting for the right one to come along!

Rebekah S. said...

Thank you so much for a wonderful and encouraging post, Anna!! I really needed it today! I believe that the Lord had you post this right now for a reason. I was getting distracted by a guy in my ballroom dancing class, and my thoughts were on him and not on the Lord as they should be. Thank you so much for reminding me that the wait will be well worth it!!!

Tashi said...

Beautiful pictures! Very maidenlike.

I love Before You Meet Prince Charming.

Natasha from SG.

Beverly said...

So true .. It reminds me of the song -- He will make all things beautiful in His time. I like the pictures too!

Anna Naomi said...

Glad you enjoyed it, girls! Sarah Malley is a really good writer! I think this is something we all need to be reminded of - it helps us keep focused.

Rebekah S. said...

That's so true! Thanks, Anna!

Rebekah S. said...

Miriam and Anna,

Would you possibly be willing to place my blog on your links list? Just let me know if that's allright with you. Also, whenever you get the chance, please check out my blog again-I have many new things now! :)

Sheila said...

Wonderful exerpt, Anna, thank you for sharing. I know, waiting is hard! The more we hand over to Jesus the better. :D

That last photo is the most beautiful picture I have every seen of you, it's simply perfect. Wow! Not that I didn't see a pretty girl before, it's just that that picture really brings out those pretty features. Stunning, Anna.

Thanks again,
Sheila

Elijah Lofgren said...

Great quote and beautiful pictures!

What effect did you use on the last one? Did you use Picasa?

Miss you,

Elijah

Anna Naomi said...

Yes, I used Picassa to do the effects on the pictures - focal black and white is the effect I used on the last picture. It was funny, because mom didn't even recognize that they were pictures of me! Granted, they are old pictures - taken 1-2 years ago, but I think the black and white look made her not recognize me, or something!

HsKubes' Gal said...

Thank you for posting this! The season of waiting can definitely be the most profitable time in our lives, if we choose to rely on the Lord. When we abide in Him and fall more in love with Him, He brings us true contentment. It can be hard to wait, but it is so worth it! He has so much to teach us while we’re single! I love this book also. I’ve read it 4 times already and plan to read it more!
Thanks for commenting on my pillows. They are pretty easy to make. And fun!
~Alexandra

Rebekah S. said...

What wisdom and insight, Alexandra!

chelsea said...

I just wanted you to know how encouraged I was to discover this blog. Two other young ladies and I have recently started a web site, www.perfecting113.com. I just wanted you to know that we'll be adding your link to our site. Thanks so much for standing against the tide of society and encouraging others to do the same!
Sincerely,
Chelsea Peterson

Jae said...

Thank you so much for making this site. Where I live it's so hard to find girls like you who actually think this way, and not only think it, but seem to live it out day by day. I'm sixteen, and not being vain, but am rather pretty, and sometimes I wonder "What's so wrong with me that no one notices me" (I'm in a society where everyone has a boyfriend/girlfriend)and then I get myself out of my little pity party and look up and thank God for this wonderful time in my life where I don't have any distractions to hinder me from living. I fall down daily. There is a boy I know and if I ever see him we tend to make eyes at each other. And one night I was thinking, what if we are not meant to be together, and I'm distracting him from this time in his life when he just might meet his future wife? Wow, does that ever put it into perspective. So I've learned, and am learning to give who ever I have a crush on to God, and say "He's yours. If we are meant to be, so be it, but if not, please take away my feelings for him." So I just wanted to say thank you for being the person that I can come to and learn from, although I am so far away.
Jamey Walston

Elizabeth said...

Anna,
I was wondering, would you mind if I used one of your pictures [the one of you dreaming] in my post, "Awakening Love"? you can find it at http://beautybeyondrubies.blogspot.com/2008/11/awakening-love.html
thanks for your ministry!
In Christ Alone,
Elizabeth