Waiting, Day by Day

Anna Marie shares another update with you. Love, Sarah

Ever since this journey began, I have prayed that I would learn to simply rest and trust God with a humble heart, rather than in my pride wanting to always be in control. Perhaps one of the best ways to learn this is by waiting. And it does seem that waiting is a continuous part of the path on which we find ourselves. While we had anticipated pathology results yesterday or today, the answer to our inquiring hearts is once again, “wait.” I’m hoping we will hear soon, but meanwhile, we wait.

This hymn by “the Fanny Crosby of Sweden,” Carolina Sandell Berg, has been a blessing to me especially during this time:

Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best–
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Ev’ry day the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He whose name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in eve’ry tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

The last verse especially reminds me that there is joy and peace to be found in the place of trust. Thank you for praying for a trusting, peaceful heart!

Anna Marie

Ruthie with Simon Peter last night at Bible time

“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:5

16 thoughts on “Waiting, Day by Day”

  1. Yes, the waiting is hard but what we learn through the waiting is invaluable. I was reading in Romans the other day and came across these verses:
    Romans 5:1-5
    Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

    Exulting (in hope) through our tribulations! That hope will not disappoint!!

    Thank you so much for the updates, they are a blessing. Praying for you every day!

  2. Such a precious photo! My one-year-old daughter is sitting on my lap at the computer, pointing and reaching out to hold little Simon Peter 🙂

    The waiting is a very hard thing. It sure has the effect of turning our eyes to Jesus and learning by experience that we are deeply loved and looked after by Him when we are walking in a dark mist. He’s the same as He was before these trials came, and He is walking with you through each painful moment as He crafts character and faith increasingly in you – thanks for the great encouragement you are giving to us. I will be praying for soon results, and favourable ones, and in the meantime, for supernatural exceeding joy.

    So glad you are not coping with much physical pain along with it.

    Your children are too sweet!!

  3. You have been in my many thoughts and prayers. Waiting is difficult for our human hearts. Praying for peace and grace and a calm trusting heart from our Heavenly Father in these days of waiting.

  4. Thank you for the update. You’ve been on my mind and in my prayers each day. Keep your eyes on God and His Word, and keep soaking up those precious newborn snuggles.

  5. Lifting you up in prayer, spirit, and encouragement. Whatever comes your way, I know you are strong and ready and will soar through your journey, just like you are supposed to, and I am so thankful you have family and many prayer warriors by your side. Hang in there!

  6. No matter what the results are God is with you. His love for you will get you through this. Sending positive thoughts. Continued prayers for strength, hope and comfort. God bless.

  7. Dear Anna Marie,

    we are praying as a family for you.
    You have such a sweet spirit in all this.
    This is a great example for our future when tribulations hit our home.

    May the Lord bless you in all this more then you ever expected.
    Blesssings and peace to your husband and your children,
    Susi and family

  8. Thank you for taking the time to write an update, Anna Marie. We were anticipating results along with you. Be assured of our prayers for the peaceful trusting heart you desire. The hymn you shared is such a balm for anyone waiting on the Lord. It gives sound counsel on what to do in the meantime so that we don’t squander “faith’s sweet consolation” with worry. May we all trust that God will always do what is best for us. Much Love!

  9. Dear Anna Marie,
    There is a German hymn that I really like, it is based on Psalm 31, 15: My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

    It loosely translate to:

    My times are in your hands,
    now I can be calm, rest in you.
    You give security, you can change everything.
    Give me a steadfast heart, make it fast in you.

    Sorrows torture me, become to big for me,
    Discouraged I ask: what is going to happen tomorrow?
    But you love me, you won’t let me go.
    Father, you will be with me.

    My times are in your hands…

    I wish you patience, peace, and trust in the Lord. May he be your guide and healer.

    Love from Canada,

  10. Thanks for posting this hymn! I have loved it for a long time, and it encouraged me again this morning, in the midst of a busy time when it’s easy for me to get caught “taking thought for the morrow.” Trust and waiting are a theme for me right now, too, and it is a blessing to hear that from someone like you, facing things far bigger than my own struggles. May God bless you as you face the unknown!

  11. “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”
    Psalms 37:4-7

  12. Thank you for the update. I will continue to keep you in my prayers as you navigate these choppy waters.

  13. Psalm 31:15 “My times are in thy hand.” That is where we want to be, may we rest in the sure knowledge that our hours and days are safely kept. There are times when He wants us to run but we walked. Let us remember, however, that the Shepherd Himself sometimes makes us lie down. Some of the “delays” are His own choice for us, so we must always chide ourselves when the pace is not what we thought it should be. Let us learn to move according to the timetable of the Timeless One, and be at peace. We are faithfully praying for you dear Anna Marie – as a family! We thank you again for sharing your struggles and being transparent with the body of Christ so we can bear burdens together! You are loved with an everlasting love and precious are you in His sight! We look forward to this blog – you are our virtual family! We know of no other… Love to you and your family from the rolling hills of Virginia!

  14. Thank you for the update. The waiting can be the hardest part of an ordeal like this, our inner selves want to have all the answers immediately and start working on a solution. When He is the solution to everything! You remain in our prayers and I do pray that you hear the results soon.

  15. Just a practical thought – has the specialist you’re waiting to hear from actually called and said “We don’t have the results yet” or are you waiting for a call? I was waiting for some scary test results once and sat by the phone for days…the date by which I was supposed to have had an answer came and went, and still no call. Finally, I called the office, and they thought someone had already called me with the results. It was just an oversight on their part. So patience is great, but I don’t think it hurts to check in just in case you’ve fallen through some cracks.

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