stop waiting

“Hurry up and wait!!” If you are around anyone in the military for even a moment, you will hear this phrase. I never understood what it meant until I lived it. Military life is full of constant waiting…so my best advice is don’t hold your breath. At the beginning of my army wife career (yes, it is a job!), I started to believe kinda still do, that military life the long game of hurry up and wait…

waiting on training…

waiting for him to be done with the current orders because these ones suck…

waiting for deployment…

waiting for deployment to be over…

waiting for him to call…

In the middle of it all you start to wonder how you can keep your sanity while constantly waiting for an unknown amount of time for an unknown outcome…only for you to be waiting all over again.

I’ve always been a dreamer. In fact, when I did the Facebook quiz about my most used sayings, my top two most used words are “Brandon” and “Cant wait”, usually those two things together! No Surprises right? That’s just it though…I always “cant wait”…

And then next thing…

WHEN he comes home…

WHEN he leaves again…

WHEN we have a house…

WHEN we have kids…

WHEN we go on vacation…

FOR this season to be over…

I’m always seem to be waiting for…well…something

If there is one lesson God is teaching me in military life it would be how to wait…and not just wait, but wait well. Maybe you are a whole lot better at it than I am, but waiting has been against our nature since the beginning. Hence microwaves, FAST food and pre-sliced bread! Did you know that you can pre-order your Starbucks so you don’t have to WAIT in line? Our whole society is built on how to run things faster, quicker and more convenient. But, God did not promise us a quick easy, 30 second zap it life. He knew that waiting would be hard, in fact, the word “wait” is found in the Bible 160 times. All throughout the Bible God talks about his people waiting, I mean the Israelites walked around a desert for 40 years waiting for the Lord to reveal the promise land! They didn’t know where they were going, when they would get there, and how long they would be walking. Sounds a lot like military life…so many unknowns, so much waiting.

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be one of those Israelites, and then I remember I’m an army wife and I know what it would have been like! Just kidding!!

I wonder if I would have been one of the people who tries to rush God’s plan, complain, and whine. I don’t know about you, but it is a whole lot easier to tap my foot, constantly look at my watch (or countdown to the end of deployment), let out some dramatic sighs and have a pity party.

God calls us to wait well. And I am learning…to wait well…to find joy and contentment in the waiting.

STOP POSTPONING HAPPINESS

Part of waiting well is learning to be content in the waiting.

If we are constantly living in the “cant wait season, we are missing out on the right now. There will always be something to look forward to, and I am all for being excited and looking forward to things. I will forever feel incomplete without my husband at my side and until he is home, I just cant wait. However, here is what I am saying no to…

Postponing happiness.

 Fulfillment is not a destination; it is how you live each moment.

Pause, look up from what you are doing and notice around you. Close your eyes, take a deep breath through your nose and out your mouth.

 

No really…do it.

 

Each second is a gift…yes a GIFT.

As a military wife, I start to feel as though I am constantly waiting for God to reveal the promised landConstantly in the “cant wait” for him to BLANK phase.

Eat the dang cookie.

Buy the pair of jeans.

Drink the glass of wine (you know you need it).

Watch the next Netflix episode (Yes, Netflix, I would like to continue watching…I am not done)

Go on that adventure you keep talking and dreaming about.

STOP WAITING

Live now, enjoy the moment, don’t postpone happiness while in the waiting season.

What about you? What are you constantly in waiting for? What happiness are you postponing? How can you wait well? I want to hear your thoughts!

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