Choosing faith, joy, and all things lovely.

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Name the top 3 things you want most in life. Better yet-write them down.

Imagine these things…maybe your list consists of careers, marriage, kids, financial stability, a big house, etc. Now-imagine your life if none of those things were ever fulfilled. Would you still believe in God?

Recently, I’ve been going through a lot of ups & downs in my life. I am so blessed, but sometimes I just get drained, tired, and frustrated with the season of life I’m in. I become impatient and just want to see these things fulfilled.
I sometimes get so frustrated that I accidentally, subconsciously place conditions on my relationship with God.

Are we withholding our tithes when we don’t receive a “huge” financial blessing?
Do we stop praying when life gets mundane?
Do we stop praising Him when life gets difficult?
Are we putting conditions on God?

My mentor, and sweet friend, was helping me out with this the other day. I expressed to her that I just get so impatient and so tired of waiting for God’s timing. It is excruciating to know exactly what you love, what you’re passionate about, even to know exactly where God wants you and what He has called you to, but it is just not the time for that to be fulfilled yet.

She went on to challenge me to praise God even when things are frustrating…because that is when our faith is truly put to the test.

Habukkuk 3:17-18 says:

“Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Are we rejoicing in The Lord even when we see no fruit, no fulfillment, and no silver lining in sight? That seems impossible…wrong…incorrect! Right? Wrong. Psalm 34:7 says:

“Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

We aren’t supposed to put conditions on God, throw our expectations at Him, and wait bitterly. We are supposed to rejoice, delight, and find pure joy in every single day. The good days, bad days, joyous days, and challenging days.
This is extremely difficult for me. Sometimes life is tough…sometimes it’s even just boring, draining, and blah. But I am deciding to make the choice to find faith, trust, joy and peace in every day…because that is what my God has called me to do as His daughter.

Life is full of conditions, challenges, and choices. But the true choice is: are we putting our faith in God, or ourselves? Do we want His will, or our own? Do we trust His timing, or our own schedule?

God gave us free will. We can choose to create whatever life we think is best. But do you want to choose a life of bitterness, impatience, frustration, anger, depression, and struggle? I don’t know about you, but I’m deciding to choose a life of faith, joy, and all things lovely.

I challenge you, along with myself, to honor the season God has placed you in. Remember that He has a plan for you. It is unique. It is beautiful. Don’t give up when life is draining. Don’t put conditions on the one who is intricately perfecting your journey.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post! Really needed to read this – it’s so much easier to follow Jesus when you get what you want, but real love should be unconditional

  2. Karhy says:

    Boy is this perfect timing for me, thanks Rachael!,,

  3. Kathy says:

    Oops noticed my name is misspelled …

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