August is flying by for our family! Yours too? I can hardly believe that we are halfway through this month. Welcome to the Purposeful Pause Bible reading challenge week 1 summary! If this is your first time visiting here, then I want to let you know that each month I host a Bible reading challenge here on the site and each week, we glance back at the verses we read the week before. Typically I post this summary on Friday or Monday, but the last few weeks, things have been a little crazy at our house and I’ve been running behind on posting.
To catch you up on a personal note, you may or may not know that my daughter, Taylor, has a rare metabolic disorder called mucopolysaccharidosis. A few weeks ago, I found myself needing to find new caregivers for her and for the last few weeks, I’ve been the primary caregiver for her. She is unable to walk, eat, shower, or do anything on her own, and caring for her is sweet, but time-consuming. Taylor is not doing well and could use your prayers. The neurological degeneration of her brain is giving us a roller coaster ride of seizures and bowel issues. All that to let you know, that I’ve not been able to post the weekly summaries on the blog like I’ve always done, but I’m catching up this week! Praise the Lord. At the bottom of this post, I share more about Taylor’s current status, but let’s catch up on the last week of reading. The August Bible reading challenge is all about God’s purpose in the pause and learning how to wait on His perfect timing. It’s always a blessings to see how God uses the monthly Bible reading challenge in my own personal life. Here we go!
Two days ago, the palliative homecare team came to our house for our sweet girl, Taylor. We want her to experience the most comfortable and content days possible and they are going to help us achieve that. We are definitely waiting on God. His timing, whether 6 months or 6 years, is perfect. He loves us too much for it to be anything less. So while stomping my foot or crying “unfair” seems like it would feel good, I’m determined to hold on to God’s promises and praise the Lord for his mercy never fails. Mostly I’m going to embrace the wait and learn to live in the tension of my flesh vs. the Spirit. It’s the hardest thing I’ve never done. And yet there is so much beauty when we accept and enjoy God’s purposeful pauses in our lives. Wherever your wait is today, He wants to meet you there. #biblereadingplan#purposefulpausejournal
Good morning, Lord. My heart cries out to you this morning. I need you to hear me and I’m so grateful you do. Thank you for forgiveness. I don’t know where I would be without you. Your Word brings me hope when I’m waiting on your move. Thank you for your promises. My eyes are peeled, learning to live in the pause you’ve placed in my life. Help me to soak up your perspective in the wait, for I know that it is when my heart becomes more like yours that I can see you working through it. This morning I praise you for the hope your promises bring. I praise you for the love you continually offer. I praise you for always redeeming the bad for good and that you never, ever stop doing that. I can rest and wait in you, my faithful and loving God. Give me strength to continue in that today. Amen.
Happy Friday, Friends! #biblereadingplan#purposefulpausejournal
Cause isn’t that what we do? We fret over someone else who isn’t doing right but seems to be blessed in spite of it. Not this morning! Jesus, let my heart be focused on You today. I have full confidence in Your plan and I know that You will complete it at the perfect time. Let me trust in You, delight in You, commit to You and be still before You. All the while knowing that Your timing is perfect. Amen. #purposefulpausejournal#biblereadingplan
Through the Spirit. Father, thank you for the comfort and power of Your Spirit within me. May I be aware of all that You have while I wait on your timing. Amen. #purposefulpausejournal #biblereadingplan
My Taylor girl just had a seizure a few moments ago and will be recovering today. I’ve been thinking about heaven a little more lately. How the ultimate wait is perfect healing in heaven. Not only physical healing but healing on every level. Our emotions will no longer interfere with our ability to wait on God. Our wishes of “what if?” And “why me?” will be blanketed with a fresh understanding that His way & His timing is never anything less than the best. In the mean time? The waiting room isn’t boring and meaningless! Oh no. The waiting room includes action steps: building, praying, and keeping. What a beautiful place of surrender and service where we learn to wait well!
And that’s a wrap for our daily verses through the end of week 1! Wow, God’s faithfulness even in the waiting period is abundant throughout this Bible reading plan.
The most recent update on Taylor:
Only five years ago, my Taylor girl and I danced at her big sister’s wedding. Though her feet no longer cooperate, today our hearts danced together. For a few moments here and there, she knew I am Mama. She held my hand while I held the sippy cup and I sang a few old favorites like Jesus Loves Me and Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho. One day the walls of her body will crumble to the ground and heaven will envelop her sweet soul with a new, beautiful body that I can only imagine. Until then, we determine to #praisehimanyway for He is good and his mercy endures. Forever.
Keep reading and praying! I’m so thankful for you!
By his grace,