Willing To Listen

Willing To Listen

Hey there, guys! Happy Sunday to all of you 🙂 ❤ I was inspired to write this post because I would like to further share what has been on my heart lately. Just like I wrote about here (and here, too!), I have been having a good many thoughts on what my future holds, which includes where the Lord will lead me in the coming years of my life.

I used to see my future as being something that’s in my control. That is, I thought my future depended on how much I put into it.

Because I love being productive and knowing for certain I’m getting things done, it has bothered me for the longest time that that which lies ahead in my life is completely unknown to me, concealed in a dense fog.

I would think that to be within His will, I needed to have a good idea of what lay ahead.

If the Lord would only let me get a peek inside, I’d basically think to myself, then I’d know how to prepare, be ready, and enjoy it when it gets here.

It was hard for me to accept that His timing was not my own, because waiting on Him to work things out in my life seemed like a waste of time. Why would it be His will for me to sit and do nothing for days, weeks, even years while He worked behind the scenes?

These thoughts (and the solution He has given me) are what inspired the title of this post.

“He knows when we are willing to hear His answers.” – Dr. Charles Stanley

This quote absolutely blew me away.

He knows exactly when the moment has come to reveal to me the plans He has for me – not a moment sooner, nor a moment later.

I understand that waiting is hardly, if ever, easy. I have wanted countless things before it was my time to have them … however, with each and every situation where I felt impatient was helping me to learn that there is so much more to faith than simply waiting to make our move until God speaks.

Faith is about trusting Him while the clock is ticking away.

Faith is proof of the fact that we know His timing is completely perfect.

Faith shows that we know He has a great plan that is not hindered by calendar days.

Faith grows in these hard conditions, watered by His grace.

True faith is utterly convinced that He knows us so much better than we do.

When we trust in Him, He is absolutely faithful to manifest the plans He has for us in our lives. He will not forget about us … and He knows just when we are ready to hear about the things He has for us.

“However, as it is written, what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived – the things God has prepared for those who love Him-” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14

— Maggie

The Shift Of My Focus

The Shift Of My Focus

You don’t pray enough.

You don’t read the Bible enough.

You don’t write about God on your blog enough.

You’re not nice enough.

These are the lies that dull my countenance and sadden my heart.


Throughout each day that I strive to live in accordance with the will of the Lord, I feel condemned. I believe more and more that I am failing the Lord, my family, and myself, for I make mistakes and am certainly not perfect.

I make the most of the time I am given to spend with the Lord and tell others about Him, but it is never enough.

To the accuser, it will never be enough.


There Is Now No Condemnation

It is on my heart this morning to share these thoughts with you because the Lord has opened my eyes to the fact that these statements are not from Him. These are lies, and He is perfectly holy – what I thought were my better judgement and His wrath coming down upon me for my mistakes is just what the opposition wants me to believe.

I know that the Lord convicts me when I do wrong, so that I may return to doing right – but there is no condemnation on His part. For He has forgiven me and shown me mercy long before I even stepped close to that wrongdoing.

“Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1

When I read this verse this morning while studying His Word, tears immediately came to my eyes.

He does not see my mistakes. He sees a hurting soul who must learn the art of forgiveness, and must also learn to see that when I dwell in the state of not showing myself mercy, it is detrimental to everything I stand for and desire to pursue.

This is my spiritual shift of focus: It pleases Him when I draw near to Him. When I desire to do right and do the most that I can in those moments, I know that it brings Him joy. Discarding these lies and looking to His great love for my peace is where I shall be. ❤


My Blog’s Shift Of Focus

When I continued to blog into the new year, I was planning on writing posts similar to what I covered in 2017. I enjoyed them, as lifestyle topics are fun to write … but as I fell into the wonderful routine of writing one post a day in 2018, I saw the focus of what I cover quickly begin to change.

Dreaming of Guatemala, at least for the moment, has transformed into more of a personal blog, rather than Christian lifestyle.

It is easier for me to write about what’s on my heart now, rather than what’s on the blog calendar that I used to plan out for myself.

I’d rather write about how the Lord is working in my life than continue with a blog series I’ve enjoyed doing for a long time.

At first, I worried that suddenly writing so much about one thing would be too much of a shift for my audience. I feared that my readers would want more of a variety. However, not only is my blog a place for me to express myself and the way I am right now … it’s also where I desire to shine His light.

This is my shift of blogging focus: Because He has given me so much to share with you, my readers, this month, I don’t want to hold those posts back for the sake of what you’re used to seeing from Dreaming of Guatemala. This doesn’t mean that I won’t write lifestyle posts anymore … but at the moment, I just can’t stop talking about my Lord and Savior.:) ❤

Thank you soo much for reading! This post ended up being deeper than what I usually share, and that just shows how I’m feeling at the moment. Have a blessed day!

— Maggie

First Drive Since February

First Drive Since February

Earlier this morning, one of the first things my dad said to me was that he wanted to run a few errands with me before lunch. The part of this invitation that caught my attention and made me grin like silly were three, simple words. They’re quite common words, but it has been nearly a year since I heard them.

You can drive.

Hey guys! Happy Saturday to you 🙂 ❤ I have been wanting to write this post all day – at least since my dad and I got back home. In between making lunch and playing some games with Samuel, I now have a moment to blog. I present to you a post that makes me very happy to share with you.


Since the spring of 2015, I have loved driving. From the process of getting my learner’s permit to preparing for my driver’s test two years later, driving is honestly one of my favorite things to do. This is not simply because of the freedom it provides, but I do enjoy the independence, and I have always enjoyed car rides, too. Being the driver makes me really happy.

 

In February of last year, a few days after I passed the test and got my license, my parents saw how much it would cost us monthly for them and me to be insured drivers. It was too much to pay at the time, and since it wasn’t necessary that I be able to drive, they decided to take me off the insurance. It absolutely broke my heart.

However, the Lord had a beautiful plan – and He still does. ❤

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” – Psalm 37:4-6

The thing is, I can only see circumstances from where I’m standing. My viewpoint over the situation is limited and biased, and often I see my thinking as skewed later on. It’s hard not knowing how something will turn out, and having to turn to the Lord for peace and patience is extremely difficult to do sometimes.

The main thing I struggle with, if you couldn’t already tell, is patience, because when I desire something right in this moment, I trust that everything will work out in my favor. If it’s something positive, and I can’t see anything wrong with it, then surely the Lord will bless that, right?

Well, in the Bible, it teaches again and again that the Lord provides our needs (sometimes things we don’t even realize we needed until He has given it to us), and that He will also give us the desires of our heart. He delights in seeing us happy, but there are many things we desire that would be detrimental to our life, even when we can’t see it.

He sees all and knows all. He’s the perfect One to watch over us and keep us.

If only I could learn to see that truth in every circumstance that tries my patience … I know I would be a much happier person.

Going on that beautiful drive with my dad today was well worth the wait. Whatever the reason for eleven months in between the last time I drove (you never know, He could have protected me from an awful collision or huge financial debt), I know that He has good plans, even when the waiting doesn’t make sense.

I’m praying that if the Lord is asking you to wait on something in your life, that you would trust in Him and know that just as He brought me through this very long year of no driving, He will bring you through what you are going through, too! ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

What have YOU waited on the Lord for?

— Maggie